Script – The Classical Roots
with Ewan Clayton
Mon., Jun. 03 – Wed., Jun. 05, 2013
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: Foundation Building
Ancient romans not only painted and carved letters, they wrote them. But compared to Republican and Imperial capitals these common cursive scripts have received little attention from the calligrapher and type designer. In this three day, practise based workshop we examine the cursive development of the written roman letter – in Roman times – first as a capital script and then as lower-case forms; our cut-off point is around 600 CE. With pencils and pens in hand we trace this development – our aim is both to understand their constructive dynamics as well as to initiate a personal calligraphic response.
- layout pad (no smaller then 11” x 9”), 10 sheets of tracing paper
- pencils (HB and 2 B)
- square edged nibs in small sizes with penholder and reservoir (i.e. somewhere in the range of William Mitchell No 5-3, Brause 1mm and half), but please don’t be limited by my suggestions, bring anything else you want to play around with.
- black ink (non waterproof), eraser, pen wipe, notebook
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.