Last week, I attended the NW Calligraphy International Conference here at Reed College. My head is still spinning with all that I learned. It was fun to meet scribes from all over the world and to see the breadth and depth of lettering arts today. Pamela Paulsrud taught my first 2½ day workshop called 'Spontaneous Mark Making'. We used a variety of tools, items from nature and calligraphy pens to practice mark making with Sumi and walnut inks.
We made a card holder out of black cover paper and I added a strip with one of my marks on it.
We completed several exercises with our own handwriting varying it with use of dominant and non-dominant hands, size of letters- a stream of consciousness. The Sumi ink marks on the black cover show up better than I thought they would. We used this paper to make covers for our portfolios.
Inside is an accordion folded portfolio with a sink washed Sumi and walnut inks. I love the contrast in color and shades of gray made by the washes. The line across the page reminded me of a river. I happened to have some old maps of the Columbia River and did some toner copy transfers along the bottom .
Pam asked us to include an element of surprise. Can you see it in the detail below? Click on the photos to enlarge them. It's along the river to the left of the map. The second detail photo shows the surprise on the right side.
I was very fortunate to sit between two very accomplished artists and calligraphers during this workshop. Check out their work here- Yuko Wada and Yukimi Annand. You can see the inspiration that I received this week from the lettering arts world at the Guilford Art Center calligraphy exhibit.