Monday, July 5 at 9:00 AM CDT
All Skill Levels Welcome
Lettering • Design • Drawing • Journaling • Painting • Book Arts
In the words of the famous Argentine historian, Ruth Corcuera, “textile art will be the means to tell us through colors and designs that the world can be read through symbols, as in a written text. In the great American cultures these symbols were a kind of lingua franca and textiles a major art with many roles, among them to express that where words did not suffice.“ This didn’t happen only in great American cultures but all over the world. Inspired in traditional textiles we will try to rescue their weaving technique, designs, graphics, motifs and color palettes. We will search for the color scheme, predominant & complimentary colors and accents. Study their designs, the character of line and drawings, the texture and pattern in order to mingle and blend calligraphy with the textile arts. It’s my intention to share with you my own experimentations and findings and hope you will find new solutions to you calligraphic compositions from this new perspective. We will add stitches and even make books with the use of the sowing machine. So, let’s start weaving words!
Bring a couple of your favorite experimental alphabets you may have developed in some other workshop, or any calligraphy with a personal twist. Remember, we will develop the concepts of texture/text/textile.
You will need to bring some fabrics of your choice, or various color photocopies of textiles. This can be the whole design or a simple detail. You may also photocopy diﬀerent types of textiles like weaving; knitting; crochet; quilts; braided, knotted, or embroidery work.
Consider looking for simple designs with not many colors, we will reduce them into no more than 6.
- Some of your favorite ruling, cola, folded, parallel and/or automatic pens. Copperplate, Speedball B, and special eﬀect nibs like the Mitchell/Rexel scroll, or music nibs.
- Several round brushes for painting and writing. Numbers between 2 & 6. Pentel brush.
- Dropper or pippets. Artliner or Fineline applicators or syringe with needle.
- Any type of device to prevent tools and brushes from rolling all over the place.
- Watercolor or gouache in tubes or pans in the colors of your textiles. No more than 6 colors plus white and walnut ink.
- Two buckets for water, for pale & dark colors. Palette to prepare colors and pipettes to collect them. Five containers with lids to store prepared colors.
- Some sheets of your favorite layout paper. Twenty sheets of paper – A4, letter, or approximately the same size depending on the best use of your paper.
- Good quality paper for final pieces. You could either purchase a block, or have your pages cut in advance from an Arches Text Wove sheet or a Rives BFK paper. From a sheet of 22” x 30” you get 8 pages of 8” x 11”.
- If not, consider a light weight watercolor paper with a smooth surface. Light paper is anything less than 140 lb/300 gsm. A couple of sheets of tracing paper. Paper towels or rags.
- Pencil, eraser. Paper tape, UHU glue stick, double stick tape. Masking ﬂuid. Colored pencils – if water soluble, better.
- 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 would work.
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS WE MAY, OR MAY NOT USE:
- Fine liners like Micron, Edding, Drawliner or anything similar.
- Embroidery needle & thread. Fusible bond, heat & bond.
- Extra nibs to stick, sew, or glue to your work.
- A zipper to create a book
Finally, by the end of the workshop, I will ask you to color copy, on a good quality paper, maybe the Text Wove, a couple of your works to weave them together. You will then need: A soft (A4/letter or approximate size) cardboard, 2 or 3mm thick, glue stick, straight edge metallic ruler & sharp cutter.
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Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy
Fraktur In Its Glory
The Unconventional Pointed Pen
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence
Itty Bitty Books
In Search of the Essential
Beginning Copperplate Script
A Letter and a Rectangle
Buttonhole Art Journal
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering
Season Leaves Booklet
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!
Pointed Brush for Beginners
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch
CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding
ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals
Colorful Lettering Composition