Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Letter A Week for 2010

From Australian calligrapher, Gemma Black

The aim is simply 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 7cm x 7cm

[For those of us that don't work in metric this would be approx 2 3/4 inches x 2 3/4 inches]

· 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 mat 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 can also use any theme or approach we wish in the project – we may choose to do all our letter 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 alphabets simultaneously or we may just decide that today feels like a “D” day and decide 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 previous 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 try and arrange a showing or mini-exhibition of the pieces once we have finished . 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.



  1. I didn't know that you're a calligrapher! How fun. I used to LOVE writing letters, and I think I had a set once where I dabbled. Is the letter C your work?

  2. You do such beautiful work, CJ. I hope you will share some of these on here for us to see.

  3. Yes, Georgiana, the C is one of my very early works. I'm still rather fond of it.

    Thanks, Linda, I will

    Btw, you don't have to be a calligrapher or artist to play along. The only requirements are the size of the paper and at the end of the year you must have 52 letters, and above all you must have fun.

  4. How fun! I will enjoy seeing the letters week by week!