Reflections On Gill
with Ewan Clayton
Mon., Jun. 16 – Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
6:30PM – 8:30PM
location: Rose Auditorium
Eric Gill has been a controversial figure ever since Fiona MacCathy's exposing biography of 1989. As a lettering artist he worked across the field from stone carving to type, calligraphy and engraving. In this lecture Ewan Clayton looks at the connections between the various crafts he practised and at his influence on subsequent generations. He concludes by posing a new thesis about the framing of Gill's An Essay on Typography.
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.