Yes, not quite as Phileas Fogg did it in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, but it’s day 80 of my 100-day project (#100daysofthepunctuationproject) and it feels like a worthwhile milestone to celebrate.
The last few weeks I’ve strayed dangerously into ‘symbols’ territory, rather than actual punctuation marks, but I always knew there weren’t really 100 punctuation marks to go round.
The point of the project is daily creativity and the formation of a regular creative habit, and on that front, I’m totally winning.
So far I’ve interpreted and featured familiar (and not so familiar) punctuation, letters, diacritics and symbols in a variety of mediums in:
English/American English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Czech, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Japanese, Arabic and Swedish. Possibly more – I’ve lost track.
And these have encompassed the realms of:
Spoken and written language, finance and currency, bookbinding and typesetting, mathematics, music, computer programming, science, law and electronics. Wow.
I’ve learnt a LOT about language as an interesting aside and hopefully I’ve retained some of my new-found knowledge for future use (or at least to appear super-clever in a Christmas quiz?).
Ever the multi-passionate creative, I love to capitalise on my tactile/textile interests, pattern design skills, love of colour and my graphic/hand-drawn style in ink and watercolour.
That’s half the fun in a project like this to shake up the day and allow a cross-pollination of skills and ideas, but I must admit, this is my most bold attempt:
There’s only (only!) 20 days to go, and I’m already working on the 100th day – what could it be?
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