Long time since I posted here, my apologies.
Now that I feel a little bit less lazy, I’ll try to keep you updated on what’s going on in the workshop 🙂
And today, I finished the calligraphy of a song, Alligator 427, from the french singer Hubert Félix Thiéfaine.
I’ve been thinking about it for years (the first drafts are from 2011 !!) and it’s done !
And, as far as I can say, quite well done (I really like it).
I transferred a photograph (paint marks on a sidewalk) on an old zinc plate, etched the title using acid and ended by writing the text in NEULAND script.
I had a few easels, wooden and small ones. They didn’t stay right, were fragile, kind of bulls**t.
As I had an exhibition coming fast, I decided that I needed something more resistant so … here is the result :
It doesn’t resemble to anything but it’s not a problem. 80cm of electric wire, carefully bent and here I am, perfectly stable, solid and almost invisible easels. The only problem may be the color but I had some red wire and no time to go and buy some other.
And, as I’m a very gentle guy, here is another cadel letter, this time it’s an L.
Another long weekend and here are more cadels.
A Cadel E
and a K :
Both are, once more, inspired by the Ms AN II 3 from the Basel Library.
To see more pics, just have a look to the gallery.
An ill apple tree cut, 20 m² of ground digged, 5 rose bush and an orange tree transplanted, lots of other maintenance works in the garden… To make it short, I spent all my weekend in the garden.
But, as I woke up early, I found time to etch a new cadel initial, inspired by the same manuscript as the previous one (Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3).
It’s quite different from the cadel initials I already made & I like it.
I think I’ll made other ones inspired by the same manuscript but the priority now is the maintenance of the garden 🙂
Spring is coming and my garden requests all of my time, so no time to do calligraphy. But, surfing on the web, I came accross a manuscript with quite a lot of cadel initials and could not resist. So here is a new cadel initial, inspired by the Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3, an initial P, as usual, acid-etched on zinc.
I’m quite happy with it, partly because I could make it smaller than the previous ones without loosing the quality of the etching. It is 6 cm high.
Soon more initials inspired by the same manuscript, if gardening does not take all my spare time 🙂
I promise, this this the last time I give voice to clams (until next time). This time their messages are full of love and care.
On the other hand, I’m working on new projects, so, soon new pics of real calligraphy with real texts
New messages from our friends the clams
Ok, the last one does not really speak english, it’s a word to word translation of the french for holy cow ! 😉
A new work, etching again but this time acid-etching on zinc.
It’s a sentence from the play Morts Sans sépulture by Jean-Paul Sartre.
I wanted to have a gash between the beginning of the sentence and the last words, I consequently had to keep the plate in the acid for quite a long time, resulting in holes in other parts of the plate.
But I find the result good, the texture and the look of the plate responds to the text and the spacing between the lines is not a problem either.
I still have to add the name of the author and I will be done with this work 🙂
I already told you about the embossed version of this knotwork, based on a triangular pattern. Here is the etched zinc version.
I like both versions, next step is to create a more complicated knotwork and to mix embossing and zinc to realize it…
I was recently telling you about things clams have to say and insisted on the fact that it wasn’t really enunciated sayings.
I first received some protests which were not really convincing.
Then I received other ones and I now have to admit that clams are not clumsy 🙂
Some can play (& even win) a tic-tac-toe game.
And others are scholarly, they know latin, psalms & english and are even able to arrange bilingual play on words.
In short, I’d like to apologize to all clams I may have offended and hope to hear from them soon.