Tuesday, February 1, 2011


This is a project that began in 2010 and is primarily about having fun, experimenting and having a regular, small project to focus on each week. The aim is simply to write/create a letter a week, creating 52 letters which must form 2 alphabets by the end of 2011. The main rule is that the letter must be presented on a piece of material measuring 7cm x 7cm. There are currently 34 contributors, from all parts of the world.
I have decided to use the Mayan alphabet as my inspiration with a subtle reference to the equivalent Roman letter in the bottom right corner. I am really stretching the boundaries of what is required, but as I am not a calligrapher, I need to do other things. There are so many brilliant examples of calligraphy in the project - I am totally blown away.
...photographed with flash,

...photographed without flash.
I have used copper wire sandwiched between 2 layers of teabag, lots of glue and gold wax highlights.
I want to join the 'letters' together to make a hanging that will go in a window so that the light comes from behind and in front, depending on the time of day/night.


  1. Noela - this is an awesome approach to the project! I love when one's seeming limitations (not a calligrapher) open the way to something much more expansive and unusual! The use of wire and teabag is brilliant (no pun intended), to form "suncatchers" and I think using the Mayan alphabet as an inspiration, is, well, inspired. Here's to stretching the boundaries...best of luck as this process continues!

  2. Hi Noel,
    I like the project very much and your income is fantastic.
    your letters seem like pieces of jewelry!
    Best, Ralf

  3. What an interesting project and your interpretation here is fabulous.

  4. what a wonderful project-- can't wait to see the final piece where they will all become part of one big artwork.

  5. N- well done for going outside comfort-zone; but great patina bleed you seem to be getting from the wire between the sheets. All looking good. B

  6. une profondeur différente.. avec ou sans flash..
    c'est bien de voir la structure qui est très belle!