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Twenty Six Alphabets

July 11, 2013

I want to share a project i’m involved with. It’s called twenty six alphabets. It’s part of an overall project of artistbooks, which the founders describe as: “We are artists, we make books as a simple statement that expresses our assertion and function as co-collaborators in a creative investigation of alphanumeric narrative sequences and images.” In a nutshell, the project involves compiling twenty six thematically and sequentially linked artist books, where the end result will be a consolidated collection of the individual alphabets. 26 volumes of a-z.

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It all started when my friend mike abrahams, who also featuered in my creative process series and richard berry decided to do an alphabet book while out in nepal.

A nepalese alphabet – michael abrahams and richard berry

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While there, the pair discussed the possibility of doing the 26 volumes and opening it up to other artist and designers.  There was an official launch for the nepalese alphabet in the autumn of 2010. Since then various volumes have gone to print. Here are a few examples:

A duoro valley alphabet – michael abrahams

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An inisheer alphabet – step haiselden

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A paris alphabet – dulcie abrahams altass and michael abraham

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Some volumes are in progress and others still to be devised. My volume will be on the subject of food. Here are a few shots that won’t make the final cut:-)

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If any of you want to join this project and either collaborate or take on an entire volume, do get in touch with me.

My friend holly is doing a graffiti alphabet of the berlin wall and my friend catherine is contributing to a collaboration on 26 countries photographing ‘rubbish’.

A uk launch for the entire 26 volumes is being scheduled for september 2014. Have a great weekend.

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16 Comments

  • Reply leah of sang the bird July 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

    This is such an amazing project. Super inspiring! Hope you are well T. Have missed visiting xx

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks love. Thought you like it.. you know you can participate if you want to… xx

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily July 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

    What a completely fabulous idea-if I can think of something,I’d love to join in-will you just let me know what’s involved hon? xx

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Caroline,

      I’ll put you in touch with Mike. I’ll get him to email you.. xx

  • Reply Catherine July 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Such a fantastic project Tina, looking forward to being involved. xo

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Same for you. Will get Mike to make contact xx

  • Reply Judith July 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Aaahhh, this clarifies your story, Tina. I have a better understanding of the project now. Thanks for sharing, I’ll keep it in the back of my head 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Glad it’s a little clearer for you…. 🙂

  • Reply noreen July 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    tina, that is wonderful! it’s such a simple idea, yet you can be endlessly creative with it. at our school, the children made words with each other, and the photos were sold at the fundraiser. three children made the letter A, for example.

    i can’t wait to see you alphabet with food! joy to you, n

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Aren’t the best things really simple??
      Oh, that project sounds fun. Great idea for a fundraiser.

      Ha. Yes, hope the food one will be good:-)

  • Reply Holly July 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Judging from your pictures that didn’t make the cut, I can only imagine how amazingly vibrant your alphabet will be!! Can’t wait to see it!!!

    Xx.

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hahahaha, says Miss very funky Berlin Wall alphabet:-)))) xx

  • Reply Michaela July 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Very nice post Tina – I like the idea of seeing creativity in things arounds you – inspiration everywhere!

    I think they should do some numbers too 😉

    Michaela xx

    • Reply tina July 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks M. They do numbers… :-)) xx

  • Reply Doris July 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Tina, firstly I wanted to say what a great idea this is for a book series and congratulations on your involvement! I’m sure the images you find will be wonderful. I can’t wait to see the results. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. xD

    • Reply tina July 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Doris. yes, pretty excited about it. Can’t wait to see all 26 volumes… x

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