Sunday, January 24, 2010

Letter a week challenge

Did you do a letter last week? Send me a picture of it and I'll post it here!
I did this "P" while in Playa - week before last. Playing with the zentangle cards one evening.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Are you up for a challenge? or do you just need a jumpstart?

I found this on Gemma Black's blog and it sounded like a great idea to me!


The aim is simple -

  • to write a letter a week
  • creating 52 letters
  • which must form 2 x alphabets
  • by the end of 2010

The only real rule is that the letter must be presented on a piece measuring 7 cm X 7 cm.

  • We can use any medium, on any surface.
  • We can use any hand or representation of a letter.
  • The presentation of the final product is up to each of us - we could matte and frame the pieces as a work of art; we could make a stack of cards, we could bind them individually; we could bind them in a book; we could cover a box with them...

We could also use any theme or approach we wish in the project - we may choose to do all our letters in black and white and red; we may choose not to repeat a combination of medium and surface; we may choose to be experimental; we may choose an animal theme; we may choose a letter linked to a poem...

We may start at the beginning of the alphabet, the end of the alphabet, we may make two alphabest simultaneously or we may just decide that today feels like a "D" day and decided to write a "D".

We will also aim to do a monthly sharing - on the first Wednesday of a month, we will share photos of our letters from the prvious month. How's that for prescriptive!

Other than that, I think we just go do what we want to do. Feel free to invite other calligraphers to join and do a letter a week; or other artist types who might want to do a 7cm X 7cm piece a week.

Depending on how we go, and where we are and what our final pieces look like; it might be nice to tray and arrange a showing or mini-exhibition of the pieces once we have finished.

So, by Wednesday, 3 February we will each need to have 4 x letters ready to show, and perhaps some words about our approach / theme or what we are hoping to achieve.



What do you think? feel free to join Gemma's challenge but I am wondering if some would like to participate on a guild level and then we could include the results in our own exhibitions - something like a study group or a sharing group........ if we decide to do this as a guild project, we could pick a certain day to share on the google group list and / or we could bring our letters to meetings - perhaps not every one but maybe every other one or every third meeting.

what do you think?