Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking forward to taking part

Hi, I’m Jac. I’m an Art and Design teacher living in Lancashire, England. I enjoy using, and learning about, all forms of media. At the moment my main preoccupations are printmaking and book structures. I initially trained as an illustrator and letters and words have always been important in my work, either as inspiration or as part of the structure of the piece.

Having followed ALAW from a distance for the past couple of years I’m looking forward to being a part of it in 2013

(If you want to see my work (especially work in progress) you can find my blog here)

Fiona's introduction...

Hi all

I'm Fiona, I live in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia.

I began this project in 2010, thinking it would be great to have a small weekly bit of creativity to do, for those times when the big projects seemed too daunting.

A Letter a Week has led us on a wonderful journey with participants from all over the world and I love the way it grows and spreads, and folk join and finish, and lots more watch  and cheer from the sidelines.

I am a calligraphic and book artist, with a general love of words, letters, paper and books. Somehow these loves come together in ALAW and I get to explore and create different alphabets.

My personal blog is paperponderings - I'd love you to drop by and have a chat!

I'm looking forward to seeing what the next generation of ALAWers produce - I am so often in awe of the talent and creativity I see here. Thanks for joining us along the way...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

warming inks and pens and engines

After some moments of awe, I am now definitely happy I decided to join this project and even more so because one of our alphabets will be dedicated to Peace. Thanks, Fiona. Let's see if I know how to spell p-e-a-c-e with 26 letters!

My name is Ersi Marina Samar√° and I am a mixed media artist. I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece, and have been living in Spain for many years now. This is my blog: ersimarina's workroom

I am looking forward to 'meeting' you all and getting to know your work. What I do know already is that this will be a great experience.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A challenge

I came across A letter a week fairly recently, but as is so often the case with these things, it seemed to provide just what I need right now.  I am therefore delighted that I've been accepted into the group.
I am Olga Norris, living in Southern England, working primarily with stitch and print, most of it digitally designed, after an initial career in publishing.  I have a website and a blog.  This last year I have spent getting myself together after an intensive seven years caring for my mother - and I now need to put some positive structures in place: some boxes out of which to think!
A letter a week I hope will make a fun while challenging contribution to at least the coming year.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Welcome to A Letter a Week 2013

Welcome to A Letter a Week 2013, a project that began in 2010 and is primarily about having fun, experimenting and having a regular, small project to focus on each week. 

The aim is simply to:
  • Write/create a letter a week 
  • Creating 52 letters 
  • Which must form 2 x alphabets (that is not 52 x the letter ‘A’) 
  • By the end of 2013 
The main rule is that the letter must be presented on a piece of material measuring 7cm x 7cm – this helps keep a sense of uniformity amongst the pieces which helps with exhibition coherence.

The other criterion for 2013 is that ONE alphabet has to meet the criteria of "Peace” – that means the alphabet reflects peace in some way, but is still presented on the square. It could mean peace imagery, colours, words... the more peace the better at the moment. 

The other alphabet is a free choice alphabet, but still needs to meet the basic requirements.

Each alphabet must be turned into a final piece which could be used for possible publication or exhibition – that is, you must put all the letters together into a final piece of art. 

 If you are interested in joining us, please contact me (Fiona Dempster) and I will get you set up.