Thursday, June 30, 2011

Final Collection... Just In Time

After much re-arranging and thinking, I've at last thrown caution to the winds and glued my lot down. The photo isn't as straight on as I thought so might change that if I can take a better one and oops!... I forgot to sign it.  Despite that... here it is.

Hope it passes muster.  A colourful jumble of letters.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Group photo - alphabet 1 (so far)

I thought I had to have a grid 2x2 or 3x3 to do a mosaic photo so figured I would have to wait until a few other folk finished their first alphabets before I could do another group photo.

But then I realised I could do as many rows/columns as I wanted and that we had 6 other finished alphabets, so off I went to make a mosaic with these fab alphabets.

So I present...

L2R, T2B: Valerie, Gemma, Julie, Jane, Christine and Jeanette


Friday, June 24, 2011

Kim Schoenberger - layout

A sneak peek of my 2011 Aplhabet 1 layout as I await on two sheets of perspex and small swing tag box (for Z). I've set up a ron day vu for the courier, the parcel will be coming from Brissy and will find its way to a business in Kunda Park where I am to pick it up! :-) I have intentionally left Z to one side, or as I like to call it in "Z"topia...

Kim Schoenberger - WXYZ

BLACK & WHITE with a touch of...ME, RED & my focus on PLASTIC!

(ME = an insight into,, RED = the life force that pumps through our vains, my focus on PLASTIC = to reduce my weekly consumption)

As my 'B & W with a touch of...' comes to a close, I reflect on my journey of the plastic challenge I set myself which was to reduce my weekly plastic consumption. I can say, it has not been an easy one, though the repetitive nature of my conscious thought each week has made me reconsider saying yes to a bag at the stores and on more than one occassion I've been searching high and low for a bag to line the bin. Its a start and if anything, I have become more aware....

W - With a touch of... black & red on 300gsm paper. I like the faded random look of the inks on the second, third or fourth print and have used them here. W and boarder sewn with the treadle sewing machine. A stick-on tattoo carefully adhered on one side (from my stick-on tat days!) and a black plastic reminder rim.

X - With a touch of... X is double sided tape with fine plastic glitter adhered inspired by my card making days, a random red ink print, treadle sewn boarder, plastic reminder rim.

Y - with a touch of... a bit gaudy really! Coming through from my early years of being crafty...flowerette, heart and round sequins sewn on with french knots, print with round dowel and woodcut, sewn boarder and plastic (repetitive...!) reminder rim.

Z - With a touch of... using what's on-hand for Z, an old dog collar from my little companion Maxy (mini foxie), he out grew of, bold & black reflects his personality. Print; black round dots by lino print and spiral made with a shell. Treadle sewn boarder and the last plastic reminder rim!

Group photo - black & white (so far)

Hi all

I have discovered how to do mosaic photos (see my post over on my paperponderings blog) and thought I would try to make a group photo of the completed black and white and a touch of... alphabets (so far).

I have also popped all the images into a slideshow on the ride hand side bar; but part of me thought it might be nice to see them all together; so here is an attempt - enjoy!

L2R,T2B: Fiona, Barry, Lyndell, Elaine, Jenny, Anna, Liz, Heather, Laurence

Elaine's 'Letter Spike'

I did finish the alphabet as planned last weekend, but the difficulty has been photographing it so that it conveyed the different levels and their transparency, while at the same time cutting out any reflection from the Mylar. The ideas behind this piece was the image I had in my mind of the spikes that were used to hold receipts, one on top of the other.

I used a cork for the base, a very fine short skewer for the 'spike', a silver sequin-like bead between each letter to keep them apart so that they were still legible. I wanted the squares to coil down the spike with a tangle of coloured threads spread out around them.

Even though the idea turned out as planned, the appearance of the finished piece was still a surprise to me, a pleasant one!

Views from above


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


My homage to Hollywood. Glamour of the stars with a touch of decadent lipstick.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Here are my last letters for this first alphabet. I know how I want to present them, we'll see if I can make it happen the way I am picturing it. I think the "Z" could technically have been another rectangle but I didn't want that. :-) Am enjoying all the finished pieces!

Lyndell - YAY - finished

Here are my letters completed and in a book form.

They are mounted on circles of black card with a window allowing the letters to be seen. I used some of the marbling paper on the backs of the letters for extra interest. They can all be packed up into a circular box also decorated with marbling paper.

The structure has a really nice tactile feel to it and can be displayed in many different ways and in fact sometimes has a life of its own.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lau's final B&W alphabet

Finally I've finished !....
It was a little bit hard because I was late. I made the ten letters missing, and put them all together in a concertina these last few days...
But now I'm satisfied and very happy with the finished piece.
The covers are made with les contre-formes des lettres découpées (sorry, I can't translate that, I'm not enough good at english!...)
Here is the final object : Black and White and a touch of... recto/verso

Fiona's finale

Here at last are my first alphabet letters all complete and made into their books and a box.

I have been doing my layered italic on white, then attaching to black and using a touch of gold leaf on each letter.  I used what I call a lotus fold which is quite springy!

I made three books, each with 9 'pages/folds' with the addition of a cover page in the first book.  Each book has a gold-leaf covered cover and the three books are housed in a little handmade box; each within their own compartment.

They are the liveliest little characters, always wanting to bounce out of their restraints and take up all sorts of shapes and forms - they are a real delight to interact with.  Here they are quiet and contained, and also showing off!

©2011 Fiona Dempster - alaw2011 in a box 
©Fiona Dempster - alaw2011 on display
©2011 Fioan Dempster - alaw2011 stars and springy books
The last shots how you what fun they were for me to play with.

©2011 Fiona Dempster - alaw2011 fun!
©2011 Fiona Dempster - alaw2011 fun (detail)

Heather's end of Hollywood Glamour...

My Art Deco fling has come to an end. I'm off for 2 months holiday - Canada, USA, Ireland and Scotland - and hope to have my letters assembled by next week, so watch this space, as they say. The last letters will be there in all their glory. ALAW has brought to the small screen some amazing, creative letter artists. You are all stars.

Best wishes,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jenny's Finished Product

Here are the finished pieces...after much thought and confusion.  I almost decided to put them on canvas instead - I put them down on a white canvas i had for another project, just to look at them all and they looked good like that, but i had already made the "stalks" and it seemed a waste not to use them.  Anyway I'm pleased with the end product - they're fun!

U, V, W, X, Y, Z, - Jo

At last!!!  All letters done (some better than others). A colourful lot as always.

Am putting them all together on a black and white striped canvas.  Have tried various arrangements... in alphabetical order, neatly arranged, higgledy piggledy, etc.  The most successful is....

However, am still deciding whether to cut their corners off to make the arrangement flat,  or attach them overlapping.  They will sit in my studio thus until a decision is reached.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finished black and white alphabet

It has been quite some time since I posted on this blog - back in January actually. I have been creating my black and white alphabet with a little added colour from rusted metal strapping; tin sheeting - painted white; anodised aluminium from old canisters; and pop-rivets. Whilst I had done a couple more monthly sets since January I had not posted.

Fiona's email made me get a hurry on to finish the whole alphabet. Today I did manage to finish it; and also put together the 3D piece I designed to display the alphabet.

So below are images of the finished B&W alphabet.

Barry Smith © B&W alphabet
Barry Smith © Detail - B&W alphabet
The 3D piece has been created to sit on a flat surface.

Barry Smith © B&W alphabet in 3D
Barry Smith © B&W alphabet in 3D
Barry Smith © B&W alphabet in 3D
It still needs to be stabilised a little more and tape put on the ends of the wire rods so people don't cut fingers.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Elaine's 'R to Z'

I am late for May, but early for June!
In 2 weeks time I am going to Europe so my project this weekend is to put all the letters together into the finished piece. I will be away until the end of the first week of August so I will be a late starter for the second alphabet, but I have an idea of what I'd like to do.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lyndell - the rest of my alphabet!

Well I'm getting there. Next step to put them all together. I'm doing that now so it should be completed soon with any luck.