Thursday, July 4, 2013

Adventures in Design: Letters/Words

“Love Letter,”  9” x 7.5”, made by Pam Geisel June 2013

The design element for this piece is the use of letters or words as graphic elements. The use of text as a graphic element is more noticeable in graphic design but has been become more popular in fiber arts.

Our assignment was to choose a letter and print it out in several different fonts, then play around with it: stretch it, rotate it, whatever. I wanted to represent the capital letter ‘E’ without actually using an ‘E’ so I played around with upside-down ‘3’s and ampersands. (Fun fact: the ampersand symbol originated as the letters ‘e’ and ‘t’ squished together.)

The literal interpretation I went with is a love letter. (See if you can find the letters ‘L’, ‘O’, and ‘V’ in the envelope; the ampersand can also be read as the letter ‘E’.)

For this quilt I made a fabric envelope and appliquéd it to the quilt top.

For font geeks: the ampersand is Adobe Caslon Pro.

Tomorrow...Adventures in Design:  Proportion and Scale(s)

More about this quilt and the Adventure in Design series

1 comment:

Holly U said...

It's fun to see these again Pam! They look great together!