Sunday, August 12, 2018

Asemic Writing Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, September 10th

Did you ever play "pretend writing" as a child?  
It was so much fun to scribble nonsense 
without worrying about proper penmanship!  
This swap follows a previous swap Karen Isaacson 
hosted in July 2014, just over four years ago.  
Click here to see the first swap:  

According to Wikipedia:
"Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content". With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art." 

Another definition found online:
 "Asemic writing is wordless writing, illegible writing, with no semantic content. The letters are illegible, invented, or primal. The text has no verbal sense. Through its formatting and structure, it may suggest a type of document, or coded diagram, thereby, hint at meaning. Asemic writing can be understood through aesthetic intuition… through gut feeling.
Asemic writing has been made by poets, writers, painters, calligraphers, children, and scribblers, all around the world. Most people make asemic writing at some time, possibly when testing a new pen." 

by Andrew Clark:

A Google search will give inspiration 
as you research examples of this art style.
These two beautiful samples were made
by Yayoi, as she is hosting this swap. 
As you make your art, any background technique is allowed, but please incorporate some Asemic Writing visibly into the overall design.  If you've never tried this, just hold a pen, pencil, marker, etc. over the paper, then rotate your wrist to make your mark(s).  Sometimes writing right-to-left in an effortless manner frees up the creativity.  

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