I’m so happy – Fruscio was selected for LAR.
My Brief: The word is fruscio (rustling, whispering). It is the sound of the wind in the trees. When you spell it out loud, you can really hear it. Everybody loves it. In the Bosco della Ragnaia, my garden in San Giovanni d’Asso, in Tuscany, the word is carved in stone. So people can hear it too, even though maybe it is not present. Sheppard Craige
I took part in a collaboration with Belgian and Dutch calligraphers and the word I was given is Fruscio.
Each person was given a word to render and this has been combined in photoshop with a wall. I think I have given them a bit of a challenge to find the right wall for such delicate lettering, but the twigs were irresistible.
I was given the word just before leaving for Australia and I knew that Australia is filled with blue gum trees (having lived with these in South Africa and sweeping them daily).They have the right sort of brittle edginess I wanted. And the shadows were a bonus.
The seeds and leaves were an unexpected bonus. I made the word there, on a sheet of paper on my brother’s driveway in Perth then photographed it. I had thought of using the photo but it was taken on my i-pad and was too low in resolution.
At home I traced and painted it. I kept it monochromatic as I felt that they would need the contrast. (I don’t think its cheating to trace – do you? I could have drawn it accurately as I have the skill, but it would have taken longer!)
The book of everyone’s words has now been printed and is for sale. I’m waiitng for my copy.