This first picture, not part of the alphabet book, is of an embroidered photos that I just finished this weekend.
Now, on to the book.
I'm happy with the I,- an illuminated letter, done
in coloured pencil (including some gold metallic pencil) and in ink. Some illuminated letters are very elaborate, I prefer ones that have a cleaner look.
J (junk) - I actually made two, but this is the better one. The first was made of mesh from an onion bag, scraps of yarn and other junk, all in orange and blue.
For the one pictured here, I raided my sewing cabinet of items that have just been sitting there for 20+ years - an old measuring tape to form the shape of the "J", then safety pins, little sequins and snaps added to embellish & finish.
The K is "Kirigami" which is the art of 3D paper cutting. Not easy and it took me 3 tries to make one that had tidy cuts. I don't think this is something I would do a lot of.
Two more letters and I'll be at the halfway point of the alphabet.
I've decided to embark on a new project for the 1st quarter of 2014 - and that is to create a book of the letters of the alphabet, each letter created using a different art technique or medium. This book will then be displayed April 4-5, 2014, at a show being held by the Out-of-the-Box Fibre Artists.
To have this done in time, I will need to complete an average of two letters per week plus time to put it all together and make a cover. One of my objectives is to create most of the letters using techniques and materials that I am not very familiar with, so some practice may be required. My plan is to post pictures of at least two completed letters by each Sunday evening between now and mid-March, and in order. The first 3 are shown below.
- Each letter must be completed using a different technique or material (when it becomes necessary to also incorporate a previously used technique, the main focus must be on the technique or material assigned to the letter)
- The technique or material used must start with the same letter as the letter of the alphabet
- Each letter must be somewhat flat since they will become part of a book
- Each letter must fit on a 6x6 paper - this is the size of book that I am making
My list is below. It is subject to change - if a material cannot be located or if I come up with a better suited idea for the letter that I had not thought of up to this point.
Awakening the heart
Artist - Anne Warburton
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It's taken years to discover the medium I enjoy the most. And how what I have learned before somehow fits into what I am doing now. Even when I travel my needles and threads are with me so I can continue to create while away.