Events scheduled for 2018

2018

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Exploring Energy and Expression

What does Qì(氣-'chi' energy, prana) & Zen Shodo (書道), the Way of the Brush, offer to calligraphers in the western idioms?

Negative Space, Calligraphy and Mindfulness at Play

An intensive focussing on the dynamic between discipline and freedom with chisel-edged (western) and East Asian (eastern) brush techniques. Making Mindful Marks, and learning to concentrate the Qì or breath or energy in the arising, intention, attention, action and release of each stroke.

Zen Shodo (The Way of Calligraphy) with the East Asian Brush challenges our preconceptions. Spontaneous, playful and mindful at once, for western calligraphers, exposure to the ancient Oriental traditions can bring enormous freedom from cultural expectations of uniformity and linearity.
 
Inquiring into the Qi (氣 chi/inner energy) of the marks we make, we are looking for energy and authenticity rather than 'perfection'. This is art about the making, not about the end product. Of course, kindling that inner energy brings deeper perception, and we gain important knowledge about the ideal form with every stroke!
 
We make a mark with a tool, but it is not the mark with its energy and motion, but the division of space, which is essentially meaningful. Without this awareness, our marks are mere ephemeral shadows, all style, without substance—with it, they are structures in reality, with 'bones', not just surface. 

After exploration with the East-Asian brush, we turn to the western chisel edged brush and pen with a new perspective. 

 

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Medieval Letters and Tools of the Scribe

European writing before the 15th Century is filled with dynamic vitality. All these letters were written with a birds feather!

Ancient Manuscripts, Quill Cutting and Mindfulness at Play
Making and writing with quill and reed (bamboo) pens – Preparation of the pen knife, (including Edward Cocker's instructions) 'curing' the quills, cutting and refining the writing edge, noting how the tool defines the form of the manuscript letter
Many observations and experiments with the tool making Medieval forms, and special attention on how to analyse any hand (ancient or not!) using Edward Johnston's "Seven Rules for Copying a Manuscript"

Mindful Play and Tools for Resilience Retreat

October 5-8, 2018

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at Sinsinawa Mound Center near Galena, with Peter, Pam Paulsrud and Kate Miller. 

“Deepening the Well of Creativity:Mindful Play and Tools for Resilience ” See http://makeamindfulmark.com/2018-Retreat

Early-bird registration before March 31 is $475, a $50 savings!

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2018 Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute

West Meets East—Exploring Energy and Expression in Calligraphy

in Aurora, NY (on beautiful Lake Cayuga).

Begun in 2005, the Institute’s week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artist’s books, letterings arts and font design are taught by some of the foremost book artists in the U.S. and Europe.”

To be held July 15-22, West Meets East—Exploring Energy and Expression in Calligraphy will be a week-long intensive focussing on the dynamic between discipline and freedom with chisel-edged (western) and East Asian (eastern) brush techniques. 

Registration will begin in January at https://www.wells.edu/academics/book-arts-center

 

February 22 & 23

Introduction to the Newberry Library's Collections of the History of Printing and Calligraphy

with Peter Fraterdeus, organized by Jen Grove of Lettersong in Louisville, KY. There are a very limited number of seats available in this first session. Spend two days with us surrounded by the treasures of the Newberry. Details at https://www.lettersongstudio.com/workshops

 

March 9-11

Medieval Letters and Tools of the Scribe

at Lettersong in Louisville, Kentucky. 

European writing before the 15th Century is filled with dynamic vitality. All these letters were written with a birds feather!

Ancient Manuscripts, Quill Cutting and Mindfulness at Play
Making and writing with quill and reed (bamboo) pens – Preparation of the pen knife, (including Edward Cocker's instructions) 'curing' the quills, cutting and refining the writing edge, noting how the tool defines the form of the manuscript letter
Many observations and experiments with the tool making Medieval forms, and special attention on how to analyse any hand (ancient or not!) using Edward Johnston's Seven Rules for Copying a Manuscript

See https://www.lettersongstudio.com/workshops for details.

Contact Jen Grove, 502-819-1439, jsgrove23@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

 

March 24-25 and April 7-8 

Chicago IAHC workshops

Peter will offer two weekend workshops, the first “Medieval Letters and Tools of the Scribe” and the second “West Meets East" for the Chicago calligraphic community at the Irish American Heritage Center in Late March and Early April.  See http://empt.yt/workshops for descriptions!

The two workshops will be held March 24-25 and April 7-8. A $50 discount will be offered for those interested in both. Some prior experience recommended.

Please see Chicago Calligraphy Collective Member Workshops to register!