Saturday, 26 January 2019


I’ve been focusing on letters this week.

Last summer my four year old grandson gave me a book that he had drawn. As he was explaining it he said ”and that is the fish that ate my words”. I thought that was a great idea for a book or print and I’ve been looking for the words ever since. He came to stay in November. He had been learning about the centenary of the end of WW1 at school and he chanted himself to sleep. “No more war, war is bad, we want peace, peace is good”. I’d found his words.

Some experiments in letterpress with wooden type
and metal type
I’ve also been trying to push the asemic writing book further on. The inks that I was playing aren’t drying and I’ve come to the conclusion that my freehand writing skills leave a lot to be desired.
So I started to look at constructing single letterforms that looked convincing.

I tried them on pages (boring)
And as cut outs (too geometric)
And more cut outs. I liked this one but it is only 7 cm high and when its enlarged it’s too crude
So I’m trying adding more letters.


  1. good on you for all that perseverance! I hope you'll find something to your liking ! That last one already looks good (to me) Annick

  2. Asemic writing is so much harder than it seems isn't it Jac - if you try to do it in a language-based, able to be repeated and 'read' way. I love all of your thoughtful experiments, as well as those words for peace...wisdom from the young one...


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