Working with Space
with Ewan Clayton
Mon., Jul. 25 – Tue., Jul. 26, 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive
This course aims to expand our design vocabulary through exploring one focused theme - the significance of space. A series of exercises will act as 'eye openers' from which more personal projects will naturally evolve. We focus on seeing line and space as one complex, drawing letters with a pencil as three dimensional objects as preparation for seeing them as more abstract compositions and examining the work of twentieth century lettering artists such as Hans Schmidt for whom space has been an important concept. The course will also cover the traditional knowledge held within calligraphy about letter spacing and how to space in real time - as you write.
- Layout paper 11" x 17" or bigger (importantly, unlined blank sheets)
- Black non-waterproof ink (Japanese Sumi ink is preferred)
- Dip broad-edged pens with nib sizes ranging from large to small
- A soft cotton rag
- Water container
- Pencils (some coloured pencils might be useful but not essential)
- Paint brush and at least two gouache colours
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.