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.
I have finally finished the slate engraving started in November 2019. It has a hole on the back that allows you to hang it on the wall or, if you prefer, to insert a fixation that will allow you to wear it proudly as a tie 🙂
the engraving has been filled with acrylic paint and rust before being varnished.
From time to time, it is necessary to free yourself from paper to work on other media. So I take back my faithful butter knife and start the engraving of a small slate. It’s only the first step but I already love it.
And to think that it was the city of my first love!!!!!!!!
Yes, well, sorry, I’m getting ahead of New Year’s Eve or I’m late for Christmas, it looks like I’m drunk and not even 11:00 in the morning, it’s not serious.
So I get it together, I try to stay decent for a few minutes but you will admit that putting the finishing touches to a composition started more than a year ago is enough to make you happy, even if it is expressed in the form of a song by Hervé Vilard… (hopefully, if you read my blog in english you may not know about this song, it seems that an english version with quite different lyrics exists)
Here, the rust has embedded itself, the varnish is applied, I love it (unlike my wife who finds it very ugly, we can’t agree all the time).
I have read again for the umpteenth time the collection Du domaine by Guillevic. I find new inspiration with each reading.
A slate engraving, filled with rust & wax for a poem about time (home made translation : Here the time, believes itslef innocent)
and a poem on rain (and time), engraved on a terracotta pot, which I have already posted in video but of which I give you a still image (I recommend the video, the problem of the pots being their roundness which prevents us to cover their entire circumference at a glance).
I succumbed to the bewitching sirens of technology and, not being satisfied with the existing offer, I decided to design a new smartphone myself. First of its generation, the pineapple 1.0 has incredible features, the most important being the… paperweight!!!!!!!
Engraving on slate & rust filling for the logo.
If you also want to be at the cutting edge of science, don’t hesitate to contact me, I can provide you with a specimen of pineapple 1.0 while waiting for version 2 which will benefit from even more amazing features at a price that defies all reason!