Push, Float, Glide, Dab: The Joy of Movement
with Ewan Clayton
Sat., Jun. 21 – Sun., Jun. 22, 2014
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus
We all love to move, and in movement lies one of the pleasures of calligraphy. Fluent styles of movement characterize good letterforms, extend our creativity and encourage the emergence of personal expression. In this workshop we will experiment, in a structured way, with different movement styles. Letters and marks that push, float, glide, flutter and much else. Just as singers exercise their voices to expand their range of notes and tones so we will exercise our pens on the paper. Working at first with abstract pattern and lines we apply these movements to different styles of letterforms, overcoming limited and habitual patterns of movement in the process. You will emerge from this class with a new confidence in your own ability to write and to create personal styles of calligraphy.
- Layout Bond paper (not smaller than 11" by 17"/ A3)
- You will use a lot of paper in this class, maybe fifty sheets
- Black ink (not water-proof), if you have several inks bring them
- Water container
- Your usual calligraphy tools: automatic pens are useful for this class, bring any other unusual writing tools that you have
- Cloth for wiping the pen
- Some Gouache colors
- A brush for the gouache
Ewan is a calligrapher and part-time Professor in Design at The University of Sunderland where he co directs the International Calligraphy Research Centre. He grew up associated with a community of craftsmen at Ditchling in Sussex founded by Eric Gill. Ewan has enjoyed a varied professional career working as both a calligraphy teacher and a consultant to Xerox PARC, and he is currently a core faculty member at the Royal Drawing School in London. In 2013 he was awarded the first Karl-Georg Hoefer prize by The Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor for his work in calligraphy and education. His book on the history of calligraphy and typography The Golden Thread is out in paperback this year in the USA and has recently been released in Spanish and Italian translations.