Sunday, April 6, 2008

J is for...

I was wondering what to write about today and went through some old photos. I came across my alphabet and thought, hmmm... I could use the "J" for James Taylor (later tonight!)... then I saw the JOY image.

A few summers ago I took a graphic design course, just a mini-course really, but the instructor was great. She had us go out and shoot the alphabet in one medium. I headed over to the Serres d'Auteuil, one of the greenhouses here in Paris. It took several hours, but it was an enjoyable afternoon and an excellent project.

The second part of the assignment was the presentation. I loved this part, too. I had the images printed and then meticulously cut 28 mat boards, punched holes on the sides and spray mounted the photos to the board. The book was assembled accordion-style, tied together with raffia (which lasted long enough to present). I wrapped it up with hand-made paper and tied it with raffia, and added a sprig of lavender in the bow. She loved it, I still have it, even made a box for it! I did a second alphabet presentation (which was sold) for a photo show. You can see that project and the entire alphabet here.

Some of the other students shot their alphabets in a playground, street scenes and architecture. Take a look around... you'll start seeing letters everywhere!


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