Art Elements Theme Challenge – Letters

So another month is over as 2020 slip by at a pace and that means it’s time for another theme challenge reveal. This month our host it Jennifer Cameron and her chosen theme is letters – very interesting because it has multiple interpretations.

I wasn’t sure where to go with this one at first but I was about to start reading this book at the time so I decided to see if there was anything about it that sparked an idea. The book is a collection of letters from celebrities and members of the public to the world, addressing the climate crisis we find ourselves in.

As it happens I didn’t have to read very far as it was the very first letter from 11 year old Emily Trenouth-Wood that caught my eye. I loved the way she used the letters of the word earth to pick out adjectives to describe it. It got me to thinking about the words I would pick and like Emily I came up with some wonderfully positive affirmations of this great planet of ours but, being just a ‘little’ older and a lot more cynical than she, some very negative descriptions also came to mind.

I decided to borrow Emily’s idea for my first stitched piece to pose a choice to the inhabitants of earth. I printed a monotone image of the world onto some cotton and stitched my word choices on to it in very simplistic style and finished of with a stark ‘you decide’. Maybe not the ‘prettiest’ of artworks but I hope it gets the message across. Many thanks to Emily for the inspiration.

For my second piece I decided to just have some fun. I started to think of letters as simple marks just like those we make when we create art. That’s all they are when all said and done even if some clever soul thousands of years ago organised them in to a method of written and verbal communication. I dug out a cheap letter set that was lurking at the back of a cupboard and had a play around to see what I could do with them.

In the end I went for one of my ‘drippy flower’ paintings and used some of the stamps to embellish them instead of the pens I would normally use. Hardly high art but a frivolous and fun way to interpret Jen’s theme!

Many thanks to Jen for giving us this challenge, please join our blog hop using the links below to see how the other participants interpreted the theme.





Evie and Beth




Art Elements Team