Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Here are the final letters of my second alphabet, the black and white.
The coloured one is already done in a flag book, but I cant post the photos today (sorry!).
Next month, I will show you the final pieces of both.
Monday, November 28, 2011
This month's letters are somewhat random in choice of material, and staying well and truely within the boundaries of my KISS method, and remnants of (all) sorts that find there way into my sewing room... (which can look like a bomb has hit it some days :-)
S - a wool strand, certainly simple!
T - a gum leaf, Eucalyptus Citriodora Lemon Scented Gum to be exact, and exuded a lovely fragrance of lemon when sewing. I suspect the hue of ruby will fade over time.
U - a bread bag tag. Funny how I'm seeing letters in the most mundane things since starting alaw!
V - an old patch that's been in my sewing basket for like, eons.
And now for the close up shots...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I now need to present the rest of the letters on the post. I have used the balance of letters to create a base border on the post as you can see from the photos below. Of course I did not have enough letters so I have used a boxed X as a filler.
And below are a few photos of the post as a whole - it now sits in gravel garden area on our block.
|Barry Smith © My favourite - Be Peace|
The post is about 1.2m high and 150mm square. It is a post for Peace. It will age gracefully in the elements.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I've really enjoyed being a part of this project and have been in awe of some of the truly beautiful letters that people have produced. Wow!
Here are U, V, W and X all from the same size paper. Hmmm U is wide enough but lacks a litlle something in height me thinks.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I used red - quite a lot of red, in fact. The letters are on newspaper (SMH), with ink, and they are set on cotton paper that has black and white ink that uses the text "writing has been used to tell lies as well as truth, to bamboozle and exploit as well as to educate, to make minds lazy as well as to stretch them" (Robinson, 1995, The Story of Writing, Thames and Hudson, London).
Thanks for the opportunity to be involved this year.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I thought about my second alphabet for a long time and finally decided on "Party Neuland". I took a workshop with Sandy Sommerfeld several years ago and we did an outline Neuland which we divided into sections and then added some embellishments. We added colour with highlighters. When my husband saw my first attempts at this lettering style, he said it looked like it was going to a party. Hence, "Party Neuland". I found some party scrapbook paper--party hats, noise makers and candy and used it to make origami pages for my book. The letters are inserted into the pages. At the moment I have 5 books, but I will probably join them all to make one long concertina.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
And here is how I put them all together...The book and box are made out of red bookcloth, and the piano hinge posts are none other than children's size chopsticks! You can find ANYTHING on the internet!
I have SO enjoyed doing both alphabets this year! And even more, enjoyed seeing all of yours! Thanks so much Fiona...brilliant idea you came up with! Plus it's really been an honor being among so many talented artists.
Julie Gray, Albuquerque, New Mexico