Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Calligraphytique Letter's #Week 26 First alphabet completed!

This first alphabet is completed! / Le premier alphabet est complet, avec le "Z"!

A picture of the alphabet. / Une image de l'alphabet entier:

The finished alphabet coming soon! / Vous verrez ce que cela donne une fois mis en place, avec les ficelles et tout!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Je suis bien en retard pour terminer mes lettres de juin,
Une exposition à Chartres, puis vers chez moi, un petit voyage à Bruges en Belgique.
J'ai été très occupée...
Voici donc 4 lettres , et il n'en restera plus que 6.
Je commence aussi à réfléchir à la présentation finale...
Je vous dis donc à bientôt
portez-vous bien



I am late to finish my letter of June

Exposure to Chartres, then to home, a trip to Bruges in Belgium.

I've been busy ...

Here are four letters, and it will remain more than six.

I'm also starting to think about the final presentation ...

Go well


Friday, June 14, 2013

The last six

are u, v, w, x, y and z.

I'm still playing around with a way to present all 26 together, and will post the result soon.

First alphabet finished

 Here are the final letters. Separate....

 And together.

I’ve used a simple Japanese stab binding to hold the pages together.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cranes in Flight

This is the idea I had from the beginning and I am pleased that I was able to achieve something close to what I had envisaged.  Again it is with the thought of the origami crane being a symbol of peace through the inspiring story of Sadako Sasaki.   In Hiroshima Peace Park there is a statue of Sadako holding a crane with the inscription:
'This is our cry, 
This is our prayer, 
Peace in the world.'

I have also incorporated one of Sadako's quotes in my presentation.  

I have really enjoyed this challenge (although I can't seem to stop making cranes!).  

Monday, June 10, 2013

I have decided to send my completed Alphabet, before the renovations of a house distract me too much.
As I look at them all together on one sheet, I think to myself, should I make a poster as the finished product? 
you see the coward in me is resisting making a book...we shall wait and see, just in case, I become more courageous.

As I promised when I last put a full image of my work on ALAW, I now post another one, I'm hoping it fits, as I have not changed them from TIFF files, I found a JPEG... 
Now my next journey is into PEACE.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Finishing with a rush and a roar!

I don't quite know what happened to May - I meant to get back and post my letters, but then, it was June and I hadn't.  I figure I'm not alone.

I have also had trouble finding peace in the newspapers, but then yesterday and today I found four so I now think I will have enough to finish my alphabet, which is a big relief.

Here are the next letters, and I am pretty sure I should manage the final two in the next few weeks.

I am still pondering the final presentation - altho I think it will be quite simple.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Eureka, and a sudden rush of catch-up

I have not posted for many weeks, having bowed out of the challenge.  I have, however, continued to observe all your excellent inspiring progress, and a small part of me regretted my personally sensible decision.
Then, as seems so often to occur, I stumbled across an idea which would enable me to try out an alphabet.  One of my projects for a group of smaller works involves cut paper techniques with which I am not yet practically acquainted.  I need to practise, and what better way to do so with the combination of straights, curves, and angles involved in cutting an alphabet!
The card that I decided to use is a surplus pile of postcards left over from my knitwear design era.
I started by cutting out a square of the required background size, drew the letter on the back and cut from the back also - with a scalpel.  I must admit that I have some experience with using a scalpel from the 70s when I was in publishing, making design layouts and using Letraset (remember Letraset?).  Indeed my scalpel is a Letraset scalpel.
Anyway, it's all far from perfect, but it was good enough to continue - and I was having great fun, especially as the rheumatism in my fingers seems to be in abeyance while the sun is shining.
When I was cutting out the letters I was thinking about the word Peace, and also looking at the two figures fully represented on the card.  I decided to try the tighter curves involved in cutting out those figures, and at the same time to try the much smaller letters of the word Peace cut from the width of the card.
Of course it immediately occurred to me that the figures should be holding the word up as a banner, especially as I had had to have a base to link the letters to anyway.  When I looked at the mass of individual letters on my cutting mat they looked like a forest, a mass, a crowd, ... into which the figures could perhaps be placed.
And there we have it: my Peace alphabet - not done at the pace of one letter per week, I'm afraid.  And not done with any great competence - but done.  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Q R S T - Callie


C'est bientôt la fin de l'alphabet d'Une lettre par semaine sur le thème de la paix... 
It's almost the end of the alphabet letter A week on the theme of peace ...

C'est bientôt la fin... et trouver l'idée du montage... ;)
It's almost the end ... and find the idea of ​​mounting ... ;)

Bonne journée
Have a good day.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cranes, Cranes & MORE Cranes

No spare piece of paper is safe from being turned into a crane!  

I have had some lovely responses including the owner of the local Chinese restaurant who while watching me make cranes from the discarded chopstick wrapper asked me what I was doing.  I said making cranes for good wishes.  By this time I had made seven.  She asked if I could make one more as her lucky number is the number 8.  When I had finished it she scooped them all up and very gently cupping them in her hand took them away to display on the counter.  It was a lovely interlude.  
However, now finally two achievements.  First is that I have folded OVER 1,000 cranes and now comes the reward of a wish.  In keeping with the ALAW 2013 challenge I am making the huge wish for peace. Peace in our daily lives as well as the beginning of peace for the world.  

Secondly I have completed the letters for my project.  Now to start work on the presentation.  Should be great fun.