I have been neglecting you lately, I apologise. I’m posting on social networks because it’s quicker than describing my whole journey and taking the time to really address you here. So a new message so that those who are not on those evil networks can see that I am still thinking of them.
These days I’m working on a commission from the town hall of Plouider, a small seaside town in Finistère. I like this township, they plant a tree for each birth in the township and asked me to calligraph the children’s names so that we can know which tree corresponds to whom. I did it last year and will do it again this year.
But today, it is another project: to calligraph 3 fragments of poems about the chapels and to put them around the Saint Fiacre chapel. The order is to do it on slate, it’s up to me to choose how. So I decided to use Art Nouveau lettering and acrylic paint on large 40x40cm slates. The advantage is that I will be able to use the same layout for the 3 poems and thus have a unity of treatment that I would have had more difficulty in obtaining with another writing.
Here is the first text, a french translation of Shakespeare.
And whilst I’ve got your attention, I’d like to talk about something completely different. I have been selected to participate in the Write on the Edge International Calligraphy Conference in Sonoma, USA, next summer, and as part of that I have just answered a number of questions about my practice. You can find the transcript of this conversation here. And if you want to register for the courses, you can find the description of my two contributions here and there.
Apart from some filigreed initials, I’m not doing much at the moment, except adding material for my online course about puzzle versals. Here are some examples of letters I’ll be talking about during this course.
If you are interested, there are still a few places left 🙂 info and registration link on this page.
I was recently commissioned to do a street number in the Art Nouveau style and with my inevitable filigrees. I did the work on paper and with walnut ink, it will then be engraved, probably on metal by people with the necessary laser engraving equipment.
And while I’m on the subject of filigrees, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce a new (and final) online course in french on the subject on 22 & 23 May.
If you want to participate, you can register here.