Signs for FOOT, FEET

Meaning: Meaning: The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.

Lexicalized fingerspelled loan.

Also meaning: a unit of linear measure equal to 12 inches. Not just your foot, in very old times, you also use your hand to measure, which is called HANDSPAN.

Related signs: SOLE (as in foot or shoe), LEG, HAND.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf/Visual Art

Can you find a foot in this image? Tiny and so cute.

Hand Foot wire art
"Mother's and Daughter's Hands" (2017) by Jolanta Lapiak. Approx 11"w x 10h" steel+copper wire. March 2017.

The little hand and foot are the actual size of my daughter's when she was about 5.5 months old. My "pregnancy" hand was the actual size at that time, still a little large shortly after I gave birth. But, since then, my hand shifted back to normal size (the same as the red handprint). :D The wire work was created at the time my daughter was six years old.

This wire art is hanged on the wall next to the handprints of the mother (myself) and my daughter. The edge of the wall shows the lines and dates of the growth of my daughter's height up to six years. This wall is located in the corner of my mini-studio, one of my few studios at Handspeak House.

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