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Process and product

 Digital Work
Identifier: ds_0064_graybill_cap_01.mp4


  • 1996



In this presentation, Patrick Graybill focuses on the importance of the artistic process in the creation of an ASL literary product. He stresses the need for play-- for the creative freedom absent of rules. He mentions how the inspiration of a poem at the feeling level rises to become an image which is then communicated through space in ASL. The poem resulting sparks a familiar shared experience for Deaf audience members. He mentions the play techniques he uses in creating ASL poems such as sign choices, moving signs in space, balancing left and right hand use and the speed of signs. He closes his presentation encouraging teachers and others to foster language play in their students.


234.68 Megabytes (mp4)


Sign Languages


General Note

This material was digitized as part of a CLIR Hidden Collections grant: "Sculptures in the Air: An Accessible Online Video Repository of the American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and Literature Collections at the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive (RIT/NTID DSA) in Rochester, NY." Original VHS recordings were transferred to mp4 format, captioned, and voiced, by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Production Services department.

Repository Details

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