February 21st, 2007

new year

He's a lumberjack!

Today I noticed the deck has zillions of tiny new holes in it. Just up the steps and to the door. Must be the cleats on Mr S' new logging boots. Between him and the cat scratching the posts, this deck is going to need replacement sooner rather than later.

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack and he's okay,
He sleeps at night and he works all day!
new year

Wake Up Calligraphers: It's the 21st Century

On February 10th we heard an address by Thomas Ingmire (fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, etc) at the Newberry’s annual Chicago Calligraphy Collective show. Much of what follows is directly quoted, or paraphrased, from his speech.

The tradition we work in as modern calligraphers has plainer ties to the Renaissance than to the modern or electronic ages. Collapse )

Why don’t we write our own words? Calligraphers all too seldom use original texts, our own personal words, to make our beautiful objects. We are learning more all the time of the language of colors and marks. There is truth in the mark, the handmade line which can hide nothing. Leave enough space to express the truth, and for the viewers to find it.

To be manifest truth it must be illegible (Roland Barthes).