Saturday, December 31, 2011

First alphabet for 2011 finished!

Talk about at the eleventh hour! Alphabet with a touch of ... is finished.

This year has been a very hectic one. Our trip to NY was fabulous with some wonderful calligraphic discoveries.

It took me ages to work out the details for this one. I knew it was going to be in a box, but then couldn't find the little brass thingy (no idea what they are actually called) to pin my letters together so it was like a book. Gemma to the rescue! Itzick and I went to Hobart to see MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and spent a lovely morning with Gemma and David. She produced the 'thingy' when I was talking about how I wanted to present my alphabet. Then I had to make the box - no problem. But what to do for the 'covers' of the book! Anyway, here it is. I am very pleased with myself.

So here are  to

Number 2 is on the way - believe it or not! And with a couple more days off before getting back to work I hope to finish it very soon.

All the best for the New Year everyone.

Next year is waiting...

Hello there!  We have quite a few committed and inspired souls who are ready set go for A Letter a Week 2012, so if you have been following along and thinking you might want to join up next year - here's your chance!

Just so you can see what's happening next year - here is our new blog and the beginnings of a whole new year of adventure.

Best wishes for the new year - may it be creative and inspiring and filled with peace and joy.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lau's last alphabet

Here is my last alphabet, the black and white lettres, Neuland, gouache and embossing, put together in a concertina book.

Best Wishes for 2012, peace and joy to all.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

mieke, finished abc 2 for this year.

And YES... I've done it, all finished.

Then I turned the whole book over and added the black and white version.

Have a Happy 2012 to

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mieke's almost finished

I did surprise myself this time, got this alphabet  almost finished witch I thought would never happen this year.

Mainly because I really didn't know how to go about it this time. I started with the photo's and had no idea were to go next. Luckily in the end it fell  into place in some way and I'm on the last stretch and them  connected, How????? working on it!!!

And hopefully ready just before the new year announces itself.

black and white and a bit of ... gold and sepia.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Noela's Final Letters

At last - the final letters for my 'Black and White' alphabet, 2011 and the book put together - a very simple concertina, but at least it's done. I am still to experiment with more complex book formats.

U...marble wall decoration, Starbucks, Barcelona,
V...Commemorative plaque, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, UK,
W...'Welcome' sign, Plough Inn, Surrey, UK,
X...Wooden stamp, Brick Lane market, London, UK,
Y...Graffiti, back street, Barcelona, Spain,
Z...Gaudi's tiles, rooftop, Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain.
I used an old stained ribbon to wrap around the book - seemed fitting to continue with the 'old' theme.

I am still to put together my Mayan alphabet but hey - I have 2 weeks of the year left!!!
Thanks to everyone for creating such fabulously inspiring letters, and especially to Fiona for being patient and keeping us on the go.
I look forward to participating again next year and seeing the amazing skill and creativity out there.
Happy Silly Season to all.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Final letters

Finally the last letters!! I have enjoyed doing this alphabet. Still not sure on presentation.

Have enjoyed seeing everyone's alphabets.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kim Schoenberger - WXYZ

On the final leg, I'm almost finished my alphabet

W - butterfly wings.

X - recycled tea bags.

Y - cut from an image of a star with rays.

Z - gum leaf dyed canvas and frayed.

Close up details, finishing up with a couple of photographs on how I propose to display each letter...

I contemplated for a while on how I was going to finish my letters this time. I wanted to think outside the square and funnily enough I ended up putting them inside a square! I got little wooden boxes made and have painted them all white, here the production line is happening.

After sewing brown paper behind the letters I've glued them into place I am now awaiting 26 glass squares so I can enclose them for safe keeping. Below is a detailed group shot...

I have posted more detailed images on my blog if you would like to see more...