Jul 252014
 

Despite the fact that cursive handwriting is being taught less often in schools today (see Are pens becoming relics of the past?), and despite the fact that bookstores everywhere are struggling to stay in business, it strikes me that we use words—handwritten, hand- or machine-printed, hand-painted, screen-printed, block-printed, carved, incised, tattooed, and so on—in more non-publication ways than ever. We have a love affair with words, in other words. And it’s all about the drive to communicate in a world where the news of the moment becomes old news as soon as you can transmit another electronic message. Basically, that means this very next second.

Are we compensating by finding more lasting—and less traditional—ways to impress words upon ourselves and others? Think about it.

We celebrate words of a “vintage” nature.

Vintage Classic Book

Huckleberry Finn book by Mark Twain, sold by Attic Dust Antiques

We embellish our bodies and clothing with words.

Miniature Book Bracelet by JanDa Jewelry

Miniature Book Bracelet by JanDa Jewelry

Personalized Dictionary Word Necklace by Rainnua Art Pendant Shop

Personalized Dictionary Word Necklace by Rainnua Art Pendant Shop

"Imagine" Temporary Set of 2 Tattoos by Happy Tattoos

“Imagine” Temporary Set of 2 Tattoos by Happy Tattoos

"I Do" Wedding Shoe Sticker by The Wall Sticker Company

“I Do” Wedding Shoe Sticker by The Wall Sticker Company

We decorate our homes with words.

"Give Us Our Daily Bread" Vintage Wooden Plate by Chili Chic

“Give Us Our Daily Bread” Vintage Wooden Plate by Chili Chic

"Speak Kindly" Wall Decal by Single Stone Studio Studios

“Speak Kindly” Wall Decal by Single Stone Studio Studios

Fused Glass Sparrow Ornament by Mountin Designs

Fused Glass Sparrow Ornament by Mountin Designs

We use words or word tools to inspire, support a cause or spark an emotion.

Freedom of Speech T-Shirt by Full Spectrum Apparel

Freedom of Speech T-Shirt by Full Spectrum Apparel

Wire Bird Sculpture by Wire Animals

Wire Bird Sculpture by Wire Animals

"Love" Polymer Clay Pears by Skye Art

“Love” Polymer Clay Pears by Skye Art

We play with words, invent new ones and find new ways to communicate.

Hangry and Hanxiety Word Pillow Covers by Geek and the Chic

Hangry and Hanxiety Word Pillow Covers by Geek and the Chic

Vintage Pink Typewriter Galaxy S4 Case by Sassy Cases

Vintage Pink Typewriter Galaxy S4 Case by Sassy Cases

7 Letter Word in ASL - Custom Sign by Sign Language Hands

7 Letter Word in ASL – Custom Sign by Sign Language Hands

We create art with words.

Folded Book Art by Luciana Frigerio

Folded Book Art by Luciana Frigerio

We use words to evoke remembrance.

Message in a Bottle - Glass Vial Necklace by Space Pearl

Message in a Bottle – Glass Vial Necklace by Space Pearl

Walk through your house sometime, and count the many different ways you are using words in your daily life, besides through printed or digital publications. You might be surprised.

© 2014 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

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  3 Responses to “As the word turns”

  1. WONDERFUL finds!! I love words. I have a Pinterest board for words, but I love how your features combine art and words.

  2. Great post…and so true! I love art prints with great quotes. And if I ever get another tattoo…I’ll get “This Too Shall Pass” 🙂

  3. the Inspire book art is just beautiful! And the bracelet is so cute. I love to use paper in art and I’ve even gotten to the point of tearing up books to use in mixed media. A big step for me! {:-D

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