On October 3, a special pull out travel supplement called “Escape” in the Christchurch Press featured an article of our recent trip to China. Hop onto the Press website to check it out.
A wee while ago Ron got asked to contribute to an international book on calligraphy. The book was to feature his braille art, incorporating words with pictures.
The book arrived in the post last week and to his surprise, his blind wife is now an artist!
See what the book “Learn World Calligraphy” by Margaret Shepherd, says about that blind woman in the section Dots to be read with your fingers.
Braille, a simple system introduced in 1824, makes a set of up to 63 characters by raising dots in selected sectors of a six dot cell. A person who cannot see letters in ink can still feel their configuration of these raised dots with trained fingertips. Although audio books and text to speech technology have reduced the need for braille, it’s alphabet still helps the sight impaired navigate the daily world of elevators, directional signs, and product labels. Thus retired from it’s day job, braille has moved into the creative sphere, inspiring all kinds of artists to work it’s rich texture into designs that can be felt as well as seen. Both blind and sighted artists have invented braille art in media from wallpaper, ceramics, and jewellery to embroidery, food, tattoos, and graffiti.
In this wall plaque, artist RonEsplin’s strategic placed braille dots double as the (o) in focus.
Blind artist and culinery expert, Julie Woods, lines up her braille biscuits to spell “inspired”, then turns it’s letters into hand written anagrams. Oversized dots on the I’s add visual humour.
Thanks Margaret, but I’m not quite sure how that got lost in translation! I’m not a blind artist but maybe I should work on it!
Good luck with the book.
Lastly let’s celebrate the life of Steve Jobs with one of the quotations that came through yesterday afternoon, just after he died. Steve died way too young according to me, but let’s judge his life by his contribution rather than his length of time on planet earth.
I’m going to leave you with his inspiration!
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently … they’re not fond of rules…. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do”
1955 – 2011