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Re: [BKARTS] Alphabet



I'm with you, Alice! 

Obviously, the alphabet is the most basic common denominator of our BOOK_ARTS messages ? and our language. I don't understand the attempt to degrade it as a theme, nor do I understand the attempt to intellectualize the degradation: phemenology? Phemenology expanded?  

As a former high school art teacher, I was fascinated by what my art students would create, when assigned a common theme. Perhaps they were rather lacking in craftsmanship, yet the variety and individuality that emerged were unbelievable and inspiring. So it goes with the alphabet. 

Anyone doubting the creative possibilities of the alphabet might check out Peter Madden's Ps and Qs triptych (The Art & Craft of Handmade Books, Shereen LaPlantz, pg 95 ? rubbings, stitching, stamps, etc.).

Ginnie Mickelson



 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Alice Simpson <DanceMarathon1@xxxxxxx>
> I just don't understand what some have against "the alphabet." 
> The letters by which we communicate seem to continually take 
> quite a lot of judgmental abuse. 
> 
> While I haven't spent my book art life creating alphabet books, 
> I respect those that do. We dance to our own drummers.
> Over the past twenty years I developed an alphabet, 
> with my own kind of personal passion. It might have been as 
> meaningful to me as an artist to accomplish as creating an 
> illuminated manuscript, a book about politics or the tango.
>  
> The wonderful artful concentration one experiences, 
> between mind and hand, the choices one makes in line, 
> tone, color, words, the whole experience of "doing," 
> is very personal.   Who can determine individual passions? 
> You?
> 
> A L I C E H S I M P S O N
> D A N C E M A R A T H O N
> WEBSITE:www.alicesimpson.com
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