Who would have thought that a seemingly innocent piece of art would create so much “discussion”?!
I welcome discussion and feel like I now need to explain my piece from my art table…strap in, hold on and get ready to be educated! I really enjoyed creating my KIWIANA PHONETIC WallArt, it took me some time to get it just right with the combination of Kiwiana words that I felt suited what I was trying to achieve – a piece of art to entertain and bring life to a space.
This WallArt is a combination of the international NATO phonetic alphabet (in green words and not something that I have created) and Kiwiana words which sit nicely with each letter (in yellow words).
First education point:
The NATO phonetic alphabet was created in the 1920s and known as a spelling alphabet. Each letter of this alphabet has a word associated with it that is distinctive to the others, so that when communication lines are less than ideal, the words can be used to spell a word without issues of understanding what each letter is. Even on a clear phone line it is difficult to work out an “f” from an “s”, a “p” from a “t” and so on. So, for the word cat, in this alphabet, you would “spell” it as Charlie Alpha Tango.
I have two children, 6 and 9 years old, and we have been teaching them the phonetic alphabet. My husband works around helicopters and this alphabet is used on a daily basis. It is also another great thing for the kids to learn and understand.
Second education point:
Kiwiana – probably doesn’t need much explaining, but, while I’m here… This is for items or words either unique or particularly common to New Zealand.
Third and last education point:
I initially created this WallArt for my kids. Their one hangs on their toilet wall and they love the colour and interest that it brings to their space. I loved it so much when I finished it that I thought I would create it and offer it as a piece in my Kawaii Kiwi collection.
This is a piece of art NOT an official education tool!
Where the confusion might come in…
Phonetics is about how a letter sounds and is a branch of linguistics that focuses on the production and classification of the world’s speech sounds.
The NATO phonetic alphabet is less “phonetic” and more explanatory…but this is its name!