The Empty Space, Womb of Shape

2-Day Workshop

Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 AM CDT

All Skill Levels Welcome
Lettering • Design • Drawing • Journaling • Painting • Book Arts

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Description

Most of the time in Western art the empty space is considered as background or blank space. Something that is spared and must be filled in. Whole libraries have been written about the fear towards the empty space, the white canvas, so how do we start when we have a blank page before us? how do we intervene the white space?

For Eastern art the empty space is the fourth of the principles of the Taoist Rules for Beauty. “Being and not being engender each other. We mold clay to make pottery, but it is in the empty space where the utility of the jug resides, therefore, we should take equally advantage to what it is, just as we recognize the usefulness of what it is not”. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, XI. The Taoist painters treat the empty space as a positive matter, not as something to be filled in or to spare, but as the origin of form. Considering these rules we will find new ways to work with space, to see the empty space! The balance between the use of positive and negative spaces is key to aesthetic compositions. This workshop will start from an experimental alphabet or a formal one with a personal twist and will work the space issues, trying to accomplish new compositions where space is not the blank portion of the paper. Claude Mediavilla says in his book Calligraphy: “In Eastern compositions space is used in particularly surprising and stimulating ways. The surface is seldom fully occupied and seems to be waiting for our gaze to penetrate it and discover its myriad of possibilities. When we look more closely at the way in which surfaces are apparently left blank” we find that the spaces are in fact far from empty, they are alive, they turn into the womb of shape, they create tension and give way to a broader world of imagination Venture into the world of space and prepare to open your mind to a new way of perception!

Supplies

List of materials
You will need to bring a couple of your favorite experimental alphabets you could have developed in some other workshop or a formal calligraphy with a personal twist. Remember that we will not create an alphabet but work with the space and composition issues.

TOOLS:

  • Some of your favorite tools: ruling pen, cola pen, folded pen, Automatic pens, nibs and any tool you may have used to perform your personal alphabet.

BRUSHES:

  • Medium-sized brushes (# in between 3 and 6) and a thin one to draw contours or outline.

INK/COLORS:

  • Bottle of black sumi or 2/3 single tubes of preferably dark color gouaches. 2 or 3 tubes of a good quality watercolour like Windsor & Newton, Schmincke, Van Gogh, Grumbacher or similar.

PAPER:

  • Layout paper like Strathmore Drawing 400 series 80 lb, 12´ x 18´ orAccademia Arist Paper from Fabriano per artisti 120 gs, A3 or XL Mix Media from Canson, 98 lb, A3 or similar.
    For our final we will need a good quality paper.
  • Two sheets of Rives BFK or Canson Edition or Fabriano, or something similar no more than 140 lb

BINDING

  • One needle for a simple Japanese binding. Thread, matching the color gouache you have chosen, Awl. Little hooks to hold paper on place while binding. A straight edge metallic ruler.

MISCELLANEOUS…

  • A portable light table would be very useful, if you don’t have one you could bring a portable easel with a light underneath to be able to trace in a comfortable way.
  • Pencil, color pencil matching the chosen colors, eraser. Palette for mixing colors and paper towels; tape, scissors, good cutter or Xacto knife, glue stick. Fiber tip pens for quick writing and contour delineate.
  • A selection of two or three short poems, haikus, quotes or even your own words will.
Gemma Black Legacies III

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WORKSHOP LINKS

YUKIMI ANNAND
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy

PAUL ANTONIO
Fraktur In Its Glory

SUZIE BERINGER
The Unconventional Pointed Pen

GEMMA BLACK
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence

TROY BOOKS
Itty Bitty Books

IVAN CASTRO
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland

MARCO CHIOINO
In Search of the Essential

ANNIE CICALE
Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Word Meets Image on the Page

BARBARA CLOSE
Letters & Blossoms
Graphite Explorations

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM
Beginning Copperplate Script

JUDY DETRICK
A Letter and a Rectangle

CAROL DUBOSCH
Ben Shahn Lettering
Bone Script: Bookhand with a Twist
Stamp Carving

DEBORAH DUTTON
Buttonhole Art Journal

JOANNE FINK
Contemporary Ensō Circles
Expressions of Faith

JESSIE FORA
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering

MARCIA FRIEDMAN
Morphing Monograms

CONNIE FURGASON
Season Leaves Booklet

RISA GETTLER
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Visigothic Versals

TAMER GHONEIM
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids
Hand-Lettered Abstract Paintings

CLAUDIO GIL
Bruta LaGrafia, Calligraphy Beyond Styles 2-Day

MIKE GOLD
Breaking the Rules
Spontaneous Creation
(M) Variations in A

KEN HARRIS
Medieval Illuminating Techniques
Traditional Raised & Burnished Gilding

HEATHER HELD
The Glittering Vine
Victorian Frames & Labels

NANCY HILLS
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots

THOMAS HOYER
Dynamic Textures
Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
The Alchemist’s Magic

CARRIE IMAI
Playful Letters
Mark My Words
(T) Mastering Italic
(M) Blame It On The Tools

GINA JONAS
Moto: Movement and Touch
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique

ALINE KAORI
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

BILL KEMP
Engrosser's Script

SALMAN KHATTAK
French Roundhand
Introduction to Riqa Calligraphy (Arabic)
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines

ROB LEUSCHKE
Tool2Type

MARTA MAPELLI
Expressive Pointed Italic
Pointed Brush

HEATHER MARTINEZ
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!

ELIZABETH MCKEE
Pointed Brush for Beginners

GUI MENGA
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

HOLLY MONROE
Decorated Letters
Italic Lettering - Basics & Beyond
(M) The Business of Calligraphy
(M) Lettering on Vellum

SUZANNE MOORE
In the Glow of Gouache
Page Dazzle: Patent Leaf Gilding

BARRY MORENTZ
Morphing Monograms

LORNA MULLIGAN
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint

MICHELE NIDENOFF
(M) Decorative Borders w/Simple Tools
(M) Watercolor & Lettering with Masking Techniques

AMY NIELSEN
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch

CORA PEARL
Monoline Lettering with a 'B' Nib
Monoline Lettering Techniques
(T) Foundation Tune-up Class
Hand Lettering with the Folded Pen

SALLY PENLEY
Sensational Sumi!
(M) Pastel Dusting Technique
(M) Pleated Scroll Book

JAN PICKETT
Creative Colour for All Occasions
Embossing with Extra Pizazz!
Letters Unlimited

ALI RICCARDO
Graffiti Writing - The New York Lesson
Rudolf Says

ROBBIE SASLOW
(M) Playing With Pens & Pencils
Round & Robust: Exploring Uncial
Simple & Semitic

LINDA SCHNEIDER
The Graceful Marker: Pointed Brush Script
Calligraphy on the Go!
Calligraphy on the Go! Writing On Glass

CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy

MARINA SORIA
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
Weaving Words

JACQUELINE SULLIVAN
Cold Wax Calligraphic Abstracts
Markmaking, Words & Art
(M) Calligraphy & Mark Making with the Gel Plate
(M) Mini Book Madness

JANET TAKAHASHI
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering

NINA TRAN
Flourishes Unraveled

JERRY TRESSER
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding

ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals

MARK VAN STONE
Versals
Versals & White Vine Decoration

JURGEN VERCAEMST
Colorful Lettering Composition

JULIE WILDMAN
Akim Variations and Long Compositions
Alphabet Book
The Inside Curve Alphabet

ELEANOR WINTERS
Copperplate Boot Camp
Gothicized Italic