Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fiona's finally finished!

Phew, sneaking in before the end of the year feels good!

I had planned to include my letters in some form of pop-up book and had even tried a few options and play-books. Of course as soon as I picked up my completed letters to see how they would go - I realised they were not going to look beautiful and/or shine in that format - in fact they would look silly and bent and wobbly.

So...the next idea happened along as I sat in my studio thinking about something else. Luckily this one pulled together right and off I went.

It's a kind of stacking, playing, fiddling, building, sculptural kind of book.  It's a favourite format of mine because it lends itself to so much interaction; so many variations in form; and it offers a little bit of something for everybody.

I used sturdy black mat-board which I cut into 10cm x 10cm squares, and then I glued the letters onto the black - a strong contrast I thought.  I chose to bind it with rainbow coloured threads as well which I think adds a bit of fun.

I had to unpick my first go because I had placed them alphabetically in 5 rows, reading left to right. I started stitching and realised that the binding actually works more like a snake - row 1 left to right; row 2 right to left; row 3 left to right; row 4 right to left and row 5 left to right again.

I like this option better - the letters flow as the binding does; and it also means that the rainbow stitching lines up in sequence as well.  It's the little things that make me happy...

I promise I'll be in touch again soon with options for A Letter A Week 2012. Please email me if you would like to join in - we are open to newcomers and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next...


  1. Oh Fiona, these look fabulous. Clever and cleverer! Roll on 2012 ALaW! Well done everyone, this is such a creative and inventive forum and I am grateful to be involved.

  2. F-love the playful feel of this finished piece and the magic colours. B

  3. Wonderful, fun, happy; a great presentation!!!

  4. This is a fabulous concept, and sooooo playful.

  5. What a perfect way of displaying these gorgeous letters.

  6. I really like this structure. Have to figure out how to do it.
    The black sets off your fun folded letters beautifully.

  7. Thanks Gemma - it's a fun way to finish the year.

    B- it's bright and beautiful yes!

    Thanks Anna- I agree; a bit of bright fun and frivolity never hurt.

    Jo - thank you! Definitely playful and interactive.

    Lyndell -thanks! They have a child's play block feel to them I think.

    Wendy- it's a figure 8 type stitch you just have to work out which pieces need which holes pierced...

  8. So creative and heaps of fun too, Fiona! I love the colour and interactive nature.

  9. it's great! very inventive, so joyful, I like it very much. Great work with paper.


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