Working with Space
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.
About Ewan Clayton
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 in the USA and has been released in Spanish and Italian translations.