Monday, September 29, 2014

Four More Letters

After a long break due to a holiday in Bali I have now finished four more letters for my things Japanese alphabet.

E is for Edokomon, a small pattern used for fabric design

 F is a furin, a small wind chime.  The piece of paper attached to the clapper catches the wind and often has a poem written on it.

G is for geta, wooden clogs worn by both men and women.

H stands for hinamatsuri, the dolls festival or girl's day (3rd March) when dolls representing the Emperor his lady and courtiers are set out on display.  The displays can be very elaborate and may include miniature dinner and tea sets.  Little girls might invite their friends around for sweets and cake.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here are my next 'free 'letters, unfortunately my computer today has had an idiot session and jumbled the letters up. They are, E.F.G.H. I.J.K.L. T, & U. Trying to be clever, I'm coming in from both ends of the alphabet!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

July - August PLACE

I think these are the letters for the end of July and the start of August, but I'm not sure :) I didn't think that I would get behind, aiming for one letter a week, but I have! Even going away for one weekend throws you out. I have almost all of the rest of my letters planned, now I just need to create.

Japan is my place alphabet.

J for Japan.

I for Inari 'shrine'.
This is Fushimi Inari, the famous shrine used in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. It is one of the most recognisable places in Japan and just as popular with Japanese people as it is with visitors.

N for Narita Shrine, the suburb closest to the main airport in Japan located in Tokyo.

Y if Yakyuu Geemu (Baseball Game).
My husband and I went to a game in Tokyo, and watched the Tokyo Yakult Swallows win.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Place - The First Letters – Jac

I started with trying to explore a fictional place through narrative but after a while I came to the conclusion that such a small format was just too difficult to fit the words in without them looking clumsy and badly spaced. I will develop the narrative idea further but not for this project.

So I started looking at old maps of Lancashire. I finally chose one from 1845 when the town was starting to develop as an industrial area. There are streets and buildings on here that I recognise.

I've decided to keep it simple in black and white. Because it’s done in Photoshop manipulating  a single image the letters are all done. I need to decide now how to present them.
Here are the first letters

Friday, September 5, 2014

sacramentaire - third part

next four letters of my free alphabet. I must admit too that all letters are done (to be sure to have the same colors all the way) and my project with them finalized, but this you'll see at the very end !

Here are my letters so far for the free alphabet.  I need to be ahead of schedule as my busiest time of the year is just around the corner. Can you guess yet what the picture will be?

Thanks for looking. Anita

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sabi's Place Alphabet - India Part 2

Here are my letters for August and September. 

A small confession - I loved making these pieces so much that the entire Place alphabet has been done!  But for now I'm just posting the eight pieces for August and September, continuing in the same theme and style.  Some of the block printing was decidedly wonky....

Fatehpur Sikri




Kashmir Valley


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Second Alphabet

Here is the start of my second alphabet. I decided to machine stitch the letters onto quilted fabric, It is a spidery stitch almost like a doodle! Each square has a piece of wadding between 2 pieces of fabric, I did this has I originally thought I would add some other details (collage fabric) along with the letters but as I progressed I liked the letters on their own, so now all that quilting is redundant, I may start again with only one piece of fabric as I could then put it into a book at the end, or leave it quilted and make it into a wall panel. but I'm so late beginning this second piece I thought I would just post them as is and see how I feel about them when I get to "Z".