Completion of 365 Days of Handwriting
Mistress Spring is here and old man winter is still pursuing her. It’s Easter weekend and the snow falls gently on the streets in the early morning, cloaking the city with a fresh, clean blanket. Soon the sun will come out and melt it away. During the day soft rain drops seep into the earth encouraging the flowers to start ascending to the earth’s surface to bloom.
365 Days of Handwriting Project
This has been an enjoyable project. I have documented cursive writing through samples contributed by people from around the world. I have learned more about the history and styles of cursive writing. I have read about the research and the benefits of cursive writing to brain function and the need to continue teaching and using this form of handwriting. Contributors have been generous with their samples and words of encouragement and have expressed pleasure in participating in the project. The following are the final books of cursive writing, bringing the project to a close with a collection of 47 hand bound books (some books contain two weeks of samples and two books hang), and 3 boxes. Here are the final 20 books of the collection.
This is the case for the week 33 book. It is made from heavy water colour paper and is decorated with suminagashi marbled paper.
The book was inspired by a cabinet designed by Joel Escalano, a young Mexican designer.
Week 33 Contributors
Maria Abizaid , Ottawa, Ontario
Chistine Demore, Ottawa, Ontario, www.bitchlitblog.wordpress.com
Czandra, Ottawa, Ontario
Grace Seybold, Montreal, Quebec
Natasha Grey, Ottawa, Ontario, www.everydaysuperheroes.ca
Casey Grey, Ottawa, Ontario, www.greyconstruction.com
Scott Leminski, Ottawa, Ontario
This is the case for the week 34 book. An acrylic painting decorates the cover.
Week 34 Contributors
Annie, Ottawa, Ontario
Sue, Ottawa, Ontario
Stuart Ross, Cobourg, Ontario, www.bloggameogo.blogspot.ca
Catherine Boivin, Ottawa, Ontario, www.catherineboivin.ca
Karen, Ottawa, Ontario
Jeff Norstry, Ottawa, Ontario
Rebecca Cowan, Kingston, Ontario
This book is an accordion within an accordion. The cover is decorated with a photograph.
Week 35 Contributors
Logan, Ottawa, Ontario
Jerry Cowan, Kingston, Ontario
Colin White, Ottawa, Ontario
Alison Whiddon, Ottawa, Ontario
Michelle Casey, Ottawa, Ontario
Barbi, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Kevin Lo, Montreal, Quebec, www.lokidesign.net
WEEK 36This box houses the next seven handwriting samples. The closure is with bamboo chopsticks, leather and waxed thread.
The samples are held together on one central chopstick and then a chopstick is placed at the end of each sample creating a spiral of handwriting samples and wooden sticks.
Week 36 Contributors
Anna Jordan, Ottawa, Ontario
Emily Wood, Rosseau
Bill Rowe, Ottawa, Ontario
George wills, Ottawa, Ontario
Jason Boulanger, Ottawa, Ontario
Gyas Swann, Ottawa, Ontario
Lorne Bergstrom, Ottawa, Ontario, www.lornebergstrom.com
This book was great fun to make. Each page folds up over the previous page. They are held together with a brad allowing the pages to swivel into position.
Week 37 Contributors
Kathryn Finer, Ottawa, Ontario, www.illuminations.ca
Amber Crilly, Ottawa, Ontario
Hedda Bon, Ottawa, Ontario
Jan Boon, Ottawa, Ontario
Glenn Hetherington, Ottawa, Ontario
Shelly Brown, Ottawa, Ontario
Eric Rodrigue, Ottawa, Ontario
Two children contributed to the covers of this book. The front cover is the hand print of a five month old girl, the daughter of my friend in Germany and the back cover is her 5 year old cousin's printed signature.
This sample was written on the inside cover of a book. Very creative.
Week 38 Contributors
Luisa Cholewa, Ruthen, Germany, 5 months old – book cover
Hannah Löseke, Drewer, Germany
Jerzy Cholewa, Ruthen, Germany
Ulla Löseke, Germany
Alexandra Löseke, Drewer Germany
Bendt Löseke, Germany
Lorna Jewitt, Addingham, United Kingdom
Constantin Löseke, Drewer, Germany – 5 years old, - back cover
This book is housed in a paper case for protection.
An aerial view of the book with its cursive handwriting samples.
Week 39 Contributors
Zoë Bradford – Lea, Ottawa, Ontario, omninterest.tumblr.com
Emmett Flood, Ottawa, Ontario
Alyssa, Ottawa, Ontario
Carole Bergstrom, Ottawa, Ontario
Michael Dorgan, Ottawa, Ontario
Fraser Cowan, Ottawa, Ontario
Patricia K. McCarthy, Ottawa, Ontario, www.patriciaKmccarthy.com
The feet are pieces of origami folded papers glued together.
Week 40 Contributors
Eva Hernandez, Granada, Spain, In memory of Fermin, her brother-in-law
Malika Walsh, Ottawa, Ontario
A. Lloyd, Owen Sound, Ontario
Patricia Bell, Pasadena, California
Britta, Ottawa, Ontario, www.brittaevansfenton.com
Kim Lafontaine, Ottawa, Ontario
Marilyn Campbell, Seguin, Ontario
WEEKS 41 & 42 + 2
In order to create this book I used two weeks of handwriting samples plus 2 more.
Weeks 41 & 42 + 2
Maya, Ottawa, Ontario
Carla, Ottawa, Ontario
Rosemary, Ottawa, Ontario
Toby, Ottawa, Ontario
Zaiga Bradley, Ottawa, Ontario
Abigail Kolshul, Whitby, Ontario
Frédéric Dekkal, Ottawa, Ontario, www.fdekkalphoto.com
Kenzo, Ottawa, Ontario
Angelique, France/Ottawa, Ontario, www.maplebooks.ca
Pamela Scholey, Ottawa, Ontario
Caroline Fréchette, Gatineau, Quebec, www.carolinefrechette.com
Dylan Chan, Ottawa, Ontario, email@example.com
Claude Rodier, Ottawa, Ontario
Frank Bradley, Ottawa, Ontario
Sean Moreland, Ottawa, Ontario
The handwriting samples are housed in this Japanese hidden compartment box.
Open one side and there are two compartments. Turn the box around, open it and there is one compartment.
Week 43 Contributors
Peggy Smyth, Manotick, Ontario
Jim des Rivieres, Ottawa, Ontario, www.ottawa.moths.ca
Pat Caffery, Kanata, Ontario
Louis Gignac, Cumberland, Ontario
Penni Caffery, Kanata, Ontario
WEEKS 44 & 45
These handwriting samples make up a double accordion book attached to a paper box.
Week 44 Contributors
T. Tinneling, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Betsy Caruso, Dorchester, Massachusettes, www.missionhillschool.org
Lily, Ottawa, Ontario
Anne, Kanata, Ontario
Belinda, Ottawa, Ontario
Kristopher Jones, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Week 45 Contributors
Julie Levac, Ottawa, Ontario
Rod Fage, Ottawa, Ontario
Emma, Brantford, Ontario
Amy, Ottawa, Ontario
Irelande Cassan, Ottawa, Ontario
Julian Ruest, Ottawa, Ontario
These handwriting samples are in a fan binding. The design is by Cathryn Miller.
Week 46 Contributors
Erin King, Hampton, New Brunswick
Bernadette Walker, Ottawa, Ontario
Jeff Stellick, Ottawa, Ontario
Sylvie Lapointe, Ottawa, Ontario
Michele, Ottawa, Ontario
Keli Rylance, New Orleans, Louisianna
This book is called a fish bone binding. The instructions were posted on the book arts web and I decided to give it a try. I had been given these beautiful fish paper cuttings quite a number of years ago and had never found the right book to put them in. They worked perfectly well with the binding and the beautiful handwriting samples.
Week 47 Contributors
Lynne Knopp, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Sharon Wildwind, Calgary, Alberta, www.wildwindauthor.com
Joy Bush, Hamden, Connecticut
Margaret Lammerts, Edmonton, Alberta
Curtis Ireland, Kingston, Ontario
Sharon Wildwind, Calgary Alberta
Michael Dennis, www.michael.dennis.blogspot.com
Once again, playing with origami folds, I created different sizes of holders for these handwriting samples. This is the box that they are housed in.
One of the samples in this group is a post card written by Edith Hagemeister from Flensburg to her son Rudy in Jena, East Germany, in 1939. The handwriting is very unique. An English explanation is provided by her granddaughter, Edith Pahlke from Ottawa.
Week 48 Contributors
Laura Martin, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Erin Paulson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, www.erinpaulson.com
Sue Scott, Sequin, Washington, www.infotec.com
Margaret George Dench, Kanata, Ontario
Anastasia Varnalis-Weigle, Old Orchard Beach, NE, Maine, www.theartfularchivist.weebly.com
Edith Pahlke, Ottawa, Ontario
Edith Hagemeister, Flensburg, Germany (1939 post card)
Star Holmberg, Spring Field, Oregon (1881 post card)
I discovered some very stiff kraft paper and experimented with it to make limp bindings. It worked wonderfully well for this group of handwriting samples.
Week 49 Contributors
K. Foster, Phoenix, Arizona
Elinor Nicholson, Ottawa, Ontario
Pat Gibson, Ottawa, Ontario
Bill MacLennan, Orleans, Ontario
Scott P, Ottawa, Ontario
Pablo Mendez, Ottawa, Ontario
Fina Jeffries, Ottawa, Ontario
Gord, Ottawa, Ontario
Another experiment with the heavy craft paper provided a unique artist book for these fabulous handwriting samples.
This is the case I made to protect the samples.
Week 50 Contributors
Mélanie Ouimet-Sarazin, Gatineau, Quebec
Neil Salkind, Lawrence, KansasJean McCormick, Grand Rapids, Michigan, www.jeanbookbinder.com
Louise Butler, Ottawa, Ontario
Margo Lemieux, Mansfield, Massachusetts
Virginia Dupuis, Ottawa, Ontario
Nancy Akerly, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, www.libertygrovepaperarts.com
The last two weeks and two books of this collection were made by me. This one is a scroll made from parchment paper and leather. In this scroll I wrote about cursive handwriting and I did some paper cutting in between the paragraphs. (Source: Wikipedia)
Week 51 Contributor
Mary Kritz, Ottawa, Ontario, www.bookartiste.blogspot.com
The final book in the collection of cursive handwriting is a whirlwind book. In it I wrote about the different styles of cursive handwriting; Bengali, Roman, Greek, English, English cursive in the United States, German, and Chinese. (Source: Wikipedia)
This is the cover for the whirlwind book.
The book is made from parchment paper and I started out doing a whip stitch on the binding, but it ended up as something else by the time I was done. It is quite interesting.
Week 52 Contributor
Mary Kritz, Ottawa, Ontario, www.bookartiste.blogspot.com
The first 32 books are available for viewing in these videos:
Weeks 1 - 9: http://youtu.be/Fgfs2yP_EAY
Weeks 10 - 21: http://youtu.be/pHtCeXq94ts
Weeks 21 - 31: http://youtu.be/1-peRvcjPdM AND
in this blog.
The project is now complete. I have started sending out proposals to exhibit the collection.
A great big THANK YOU to all of you who contributed to my project, sent words of encouragement and continued to follow the progress of the project. It has been a rewarding experience working on this project.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy spring to all of you.