First we were asked to collect some media items such as paper, paper clips, stamps, envelopes, sticky tape, etc.
|4.1.1 A collection of stationery|
I became fascinated by the insides of business envelopes and found that each company seemed to have its own pattern: for example, my bank used numbers, other firms used their website address, circles, zig-zags, cross-hatching or brick patterns. The colours reminded me of men's business shirts being a cool mixture of pale blue and grey.
|4.1.2 A selection of envelope insides|
I had fun playing around with them. My arrangement reminded me of patchwork and I tried cutting them into strips and weaving them together, arranging parcel labels on top to add interest.
|4.1.3 Collage of insides of envelopes and parcel labels|
|4.1.4 Some stationery structures|
|4.1.5 Cut out alphabet|
I was enjoying the "ransom note" style and so tried it also to write the sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." which contains every letter in the alphabet.
|4.1.6 "The quick brown fox..."|
I noticed while cutting out letters that many of them came from junk mail and adverts and the same sort of words cropped up often. The power of advertising to force us into buying is something of which I have a particular dislike and so I couldn't resist putting the words all together in another collage.
|4.1.7 Adverts (Sorry "only" became unstuck and slipped and I didn't notice until I was posting it.)|
|4.1.8 Word and letter patterns|
|4.1.9 This close-up makes some of the words readable|
|4.1.10 Samples of lettering|
I looked online for some alphabets and collected a few samples.
|4.1.11 Samples of English alphabets|
|4.1.12 Samples of international alphabets|
Finally, I was really interested (and a bit surprised) at how many old-fashioned stationery items we had around the house, from an old Imperial typewriter, to a dip pen, tin of pen nibs and even some genuine sealing wax! The tin of pen nibs on the back bears the words: "They come as a Boon and a Blessing to men, The Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverley Pen."
I made a collage of "the way we were". The "Stephen's Scarlet Writing Fluid No. 451", with its cork stopper, is several generations old and still usable!
|4.1.14 "The way we were"|
I've enjoyed this chapter and the new module. I shall probably do some more research. I have just bought a couple of second-hand books, one on runes and another on calligraphy, but haven't had time to read them properly yet. No doubt they will give even more inspiration.
Time spent: 8 hours 45 minutes.