Nature Alphabets: Photographs by Laila Kujala

Now through December 29, 2012 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Laila Kujala was born and raised in Finland. She studied art at the Art Students League of New York in New York City. Even though Laila considers herself a painter, she loves to play with a camera and Photoshop.

Laila's exhibit, "Nature Alphabets," started as a project of inspiration letters. Each day she found a letter in nature and picked an artsy word that started with the letter and a quote that went with it. On the 26th day, she had completed her "Nature Alphabet" from her images of different plants.

Since that time, Laila has created two other sets of alphabets based on her photographs. On her trip to Silver Lake Sand Dunes on Lake Michigan, she was fascinated by the designs the wind had made in the sand. Later at home, she found a whole alphabet in the images she had shot and her second alphabet was born: "Sand Dune Alphabet." Her third alphabet is the "Eberwhite Woods Alphabet." She found all of these letters in Ann Arbor's Eberwhite Woods.

Laila likes her art to be positive and uplifting, and to promote peace. For that reason, she loves to write motivational and inspirational words with her three sets of alphabets.