Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fun in the Sun Letters

The final letters for Fun in the Sun

The same letters with hand stitching.

and two squares in the style I have been developing for the Ramshackle series.

and with stitching

These have helped to give an easier layout. 26 doesn't divide up into much!

Monday, December 30, 2013

sur le fil...

Faute de temps, je n'ai pas réussi à faire les deux alphabets! Toutefois j'ai absolument voulu relier le premier: "lettres pour la paix". Je me suis inspirée d'un stage réalisé avec Stéphanie Devaux et j'ai employé de la tarlatane.

J'ai réalisé un simple album accordéon tapissé de tissu recto/verso dont les bords sont teints en bleu ou en marron pour reprendre les couleurs de mes pages.
Pour la couverture et le dos j'ai écrits en gouache orange au tire ligne pour donner un peu de dynamisme!
Voilà ma réalisation. Je m'inscris pour 2014, j'espère réussir à faire les 2 alphabets. Merci à Fiona de nous proposer ce merveilleux défi. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

second ALAW alphabet completed

The laser-cut versions of my personal hand-written true-type font produced a set of cut-out letters, all in 3mm thick card, in both upper and lower case.  I decided to use the upper-case set for my second alphabet.

In this case, I simply mounted the individual letters on folded heavy-weight cartridge paper, which I had previously cut and folded and assembled into a 26 sheet concertina book, which fits into a simple hand-made box.  Like my peace alphabet, this set of letters have been sitting waiting for me to find the time to mount and finish them for some long time.

I realise that I have cheated rather on the concept of posting one letter each week.  That had been my firm intent, but life has been getting in the way, and while my conscience has been badgering me regularly to post them and to put them together into a book, I haven't been good at keeping to schedule.

Anyway, the letters are made, the book is assembled, a box has been constructed, and - because I dare not risk further prevarication and delay - here they all are.   I have called them 'silent letters' - but it's a misnomer because, in comparison to my abc for peace, these positively shout out loud:  they are capitals, they are in black on white, they stand proud of their mounting concertina, and they demand to be taken notice of.

Because the profile of each letter has come from my original handwritten script, in normal hand-writing size, the enlargement to 220 point reveals interesting details in the shape of the line in each letter.  So the profile has peculiar irregularities, dips and bends, which show up particularly well in these raised, cut-outs.  Here are two good ones - Q and F.

The finished book is 7mm or 3" square and just fits neatly into a slightly larger custon-made box.

I have been a laggardly contributor to ALAW 2013, because, like all of us I guess, lots of other things have demanded my time and attention during the year.  However,  I have enjoyed having this project at the back of my mind during other distractions, and I feel I have, latterly anyway, got back my initial excitement about the whole idea of creating unique alphabets in this forum.  So I hope to be able to carry on into ALAW 2014, but with a firm resolution to make my pieces in proper time and order, and to keep up with regular, if not weekly, postings to the blog.

I've also, as in previous years, much enjoyed seeing other people's work as it has emerged, and am intrigued by your ingenuity and creativity in finding so many ways to present and interpret such familiar but fantastic symbols.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Second alphabet

Hello !
Je suis en vacances et j'ai décidé de terminer tout ce que j'ai commencé avant de faire autre chose...
Je voulais donc finir ce deuxième alphabet.

J'aime beaucoup présenter ces alphabets sous forme de livre et cette fois-ci je me suis inspirée d'un alphabet de Elaine Witton, qui a participé à l'exposition de Fiona. j'espère qu'elle ne sera pas triste ou déçue.

Voilà je vais pouvoir commencer à réfléchir pour 2014...
En attendant je vous souhaite de belles fêtes de Noël et de fin d'année...

Hello !

I'm in hollidays and I decided to finish what I've started before doing anything else ...
I wanted to finish this second alphabet.
I love alphabets presented in book form and this time I was inspired by an alphabet of Elaine Witton, who participated in the exhibition of Fiona. I hope she will not be sad or disappointed.

Here I can start thinking about 2014 ...
In the meantime I wish you a beautiful Christmas and happy new year ...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

First alphabet completed! - Premier alphabet complet!

Bonsoir, Hi,

voici, -enfin!- la "mise en page" de mon premier alphabet sur le thème de la paix. Finalement, je n'ai pas fait exactement comme je l'avais dit, je préfère le présenter comme une vraie carte et encadré!

Le voici, je suis désolée pour la qualité de la photo....

Here, finally - the "layout" of my first alphabet on the theme of peace. Finally, I did not do exactly as I said, I prefer to present it as a real card and box!

Here is, I'm sorry for the photo quality ....

Bonne nouvelle, j'ai presque fini mon second alphabet!
Good news, I've almost finished my second alphabet! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

voilà enfin mon alphabet sur la paix terminé : J'étais parti sur une idée de légereté et de transparence aussi j'avais utilisé des papiers blancs, transparents, calques, cristal, etc...
Voilà les 26 lettres :

après avoir essayé de les mettre en mobile, j'ai choisi de faire un leporello, sur feuilles transparentes que j'ai cousues.
Les photos sont difficiles à prendre mais le résultat n'est pas si mal...!
je l'ai pris avec et sans flash devant une baie vitrée, puis sur un fond blanc.


Finally, here is my complete alphabet on peace: I had gone on an idea of lightness and transparency as I used white paper, transparencies, layers, crystal, etc. ...

Here are the 26 letters:

After trying to put them into mobile, I chose to make a Leporello on transparent sheets that I have sewn.

The pictures are hard to make, but the result is not so bad ...!

I took it with and without flash in front of a bay window, and then on a white background.

J'ai passé quelques jours à Paris ...et je suis allée voir le mur de la paix, Un petit voyage en photos pour vous.
Je ne connaissais pas ce lieu et j'ai été étonnée de la ressemblance avec mon alphabet...
I spent few days in Paris and I went to see the wall of peace near the eiffel tower. A little trip with photos for you. I didn't know this place and was surprised so it looks like my alphabet !

A bientôt,