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Personal Pictures

 

Zenith the Guide Dog

   When I suggested that I could make a picture of any photo, Sally Harris asked if I could do one of her guide dog, Zenith.  She thought that she would like one of  Zenith rather than of Brad Pitt, as I had jokingly suggested.

  The picture was mounted onto Formica, and the process caused the light cotton batting to disappear.  Using the hot glue gun, or iron-on webbing, and mounting on cardboard is my current preference.

 

Sally Harris's Guide Dog (Share the Vision, Article)

The Springfield Friends Meeting asked me to prepare a memorial picture for Helen Weigel who worked at the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center and enjoyed birds.  Her favorite birds were the Purple Gallinule and the Pileated Woodpecker.  She was a Friend who worked for peace in the world in many ways.
This is a picture of Winnie-The-Pooh putting on an blue bow tie.  A friend, Evelyn Lorentz, made it using the B-Code.  She is a quilter, and used one of her quilt patterns to make this playful picture. 

 

Bart Barker

   This is a picture of my son, walking through a cemetery looking for his great-great-grandfather's tombstone.  It is one of a very few that shows perspective.  It illustrates that a photograph can be converted into a picture that a blind person can appreciate.  As a child grows, new pictures can be added; you would have a real 'scrap' book using the various textures used in the code.

 

Bartholomew Barker
 
The picture on the left is what Anthony Buechner drew, and is what was published in the local newspaper.  On the right is that picture reproduced in the Barker Code.  If Anthony's grandma had been blind, the picture of fabric could be given to her so that she could share in his pride of having a picture published in the newspaper.

   This was quickly done, and is the first time that I used leather for brown.  Brown is a hard color to catagorize; it is not a dark yellow nor a dark orange, so I have assigned leather/suede to this.  It works well with fabric glue or the hot glue gun, but not at all well with a needle and thread.

 

   My wonderful husband collects depictions of the peaceable kingdom.  This was a Christmas present for him and hangs in our dining room.

  One blind man asked why the tree and shrubs were up in the air instead of down at the bottom of the picture.  The concept of three dimensions, and depth perception is hard to explain.  His questions encouraged me to do some of the pictures you can see on the first learning pictures page.

 

World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Done to give more meaning to the color red and black.  A good companion picture of Edvard Munch's "The Scream".