Thursday, February 21, 2013

Altered Dictionary - H

This time for the Altered Dictionary Alpha Challenge at The Craft Barn the letter is H. 
 
I have chosen the word
Haberdashery
 
I have been worried what I would do when a letter gave me no clue to what word I could choose to depict art-wise.  That's what happened this time.  I looked through a lot of H words the first couple of days.  A week ago my father asked me to get him a pair of suspenders the next time I was near the haberdashery.  Although I knew a haberdashery meant retail, I did not know to what extent. 
 
My 1935 dictionary says it's men's wear.
 
 
However, a modern Internet search reveals haberdashery to be practically anything sold retail.
 
The word Haberdashery is from a clip art advertisement.  I tinted the white printer paper with chalk.  The line of men are a scrap of fabric printed to paper and also tinted with chalk.  The portrait is printed from an Internet search and the umbrella man is a Tim Holtz rubber stamp.
 
I like this word; haberdashery is fun to say.  But I struggled to figure out how to illustrate it.  In the end I think I found a fun way to depict my word and alter my dictionary page.
 
xxx
Annie
 
 


38 comments:

sheila 77 said...

Yes, haberdashery is a great word to say. Haberdashery to me has a vague specific meaning if that's not an oxymoron, sort of a sewing supplies, underwear, lace doilies and tablecloths type of shop. I do like your illustration for the word and this dictionary looks happy to have it, as it's an illustration that fits the dictionary's style, less altered book, more enhanced book.

Barb said...

I like that word

patchouli moon studio said...

That's a word we don't hear or say these days. I love your page.

pinsandneedles said...

Annie...it's a great word...haberdashery! I love how you altered your page...love the mixed media you used and the stamp is perfect.

carol said...

I always thought that Haberdashery was for men's things. Funny how words go with the "times".....I bet I haven't heard that word in 40 years. You must have an old dictionary. The only thing in mine is "haberdasher" which is a dealer in men's shirts, neckties, and hats. Who knew?

ellen gets crafty said...

I love your word choice and your page design. You are so creative and this dictionary is turning into a great piece of art!

Pat said...

How interesting, haberdashery has always meant all those little bits and pieces for sewing. Sadly what used to be glorious shops have almost disappeared.

Cindy Sharp said...

Well done!

Lesley said...

Very creative art work to depict haberdashery! Love it!

Createology said...

Annie this is a great word from the past. It is very fitting for your vintage dictionary. Your artwork displays very well the meaning of haberdashery. Such a gallant word. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

waggonswest said...

Annie, I really love this project. It is turning out so well. This page is wonderful.

bohemiannie! art said...

You sure did find a fun way to depict H and alter your page. It's great to hear about the techniques used...and to see your fabulous results.

Judy1522 said...

Wonderful word and I like the way you illustrated it.

Elaine said...

Great depiction of your word and love your choice of stamps. I always thought haberdashery was sewing stuff but maybe I should go read my dictionary!!

chrissies said...

Brilliant page Annie and a great word for sure

Love Chrissie xx

Karen said...

Your altered dictionary is my favorite of anything!! So love this :)

Joan said...

Love your dictionary page especially the row of men. Icollect vintage sewing items so haberdashery has always been a word I use and I'm old enough to remember the lovely little shops that sold all the bits and pieces! My dictionary gives both the UK and USA meanings of the word.Love how this challenge makes us examine the meanings of the words more closely

Joan

Rachel said...

I think you found the perfect way to illustrate a fantastic word! I will say this again...Love this project!

Suzi B said...

Great word, great images
Suzi B x

Susan said...

Great page! I love the images you used!

BudandMarsha said...

I love this page particularly of all you've done so far. I'm wondering if sometime you'd llike to give a little detail on how you search for some of these clever illustrations you find. I'm not always fortunate to find what I'm search for. Just a thought. I always think of haberdashery as a British word; I wonder if stores in the US were ever called aberdasheries. Good thing to find out, right? I'm on it!

♥ Mys ♥ said...

Love your page :)
The word doesn´t ring any bells with me - we didn´t learn that in school...*lol*...
*Hugs, Inger*

paulaexuk said...

I had no idea that the American meaning of the word was gentleman's outfitter. I learn something every day. My grandparents had a haberdashery in the English sense of the word. Love the simplicity of your page and monotone colour.

TwinkleToes2day said...

I too have always associated the word Haberdashery, with sewing bits no bobs. How fascinating to read of a different explanation. I think your page is wonderful :0) Mo

Scrapmate said...

Well I guess in the 1930's it had a different meaning and I like how you've gone with the dictionary definition. Just shows how language changes over time. I love the images you've used they look in keeping with the dictionary and the definition.

Maggie said...

Great word choice a word not really used anymore and your page is wonderful

MaggieH

House of Bears said...

Fabulous, we livebthe older words, and your illustration of it is great.

Rein said...

Fantastic page!

lena-dailyscrap said...

Great pages - LOVE those stamps!

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fabulous images and a great page. Great word too. MM x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fabulous images and a great page. Great word too. MM x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fabulous images and a great page. Great word too. MM x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fabulous images and a great page. Great word too. MM x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fabulous images and a great page. Great word too. MM x

Gio said...

Very elegant and classy interpretation!

Sylv said...

Super page, fascinating how you learn new meanings of words in this challenge, I always associated haberdashery with bits and pieces for sewing!

Sylv xx

Sandy said...

Very clever and well done Annie - this is so much fun!
sandy

The Craft Barn said...

Fantastic page !!!
love it
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
Izzy