Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doodle with the Cola Pen

I was working on a job yesterday and spent the whole day at my computer, so I needed a little break. Took out some sumi ink and my cola pen and started doodling. This is one of my doodles. Short and sweet.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Playing in the Studio

In November, Georgia Deaver came to Chicago to teach her class called Stylized Writing. (See my earlier posts for work and comments from that class.)

Since then, I've been practicing some of the exercises we did in that class, and one of them inspired this piece. I was walking through the snowy woods one day and started snapping pictures of the bare trees and undergrowth. I kept thinking about how all the branches and the space in between reminded me of letterforms. When I came home, I enlarged one of the photos, printed it out and put it down on a larger sheet of paper. Then I began to write next to it, in a style that was derived from the shapes I saw in the photos. I came up with this lettering.

Today I decided to scan it in and play around with the placement of the photo and lettering in my layout software. This is the final result.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exploration 2011

Exploration logo by Pam Paulsrud

It's time once again for the Chicago Calligraphy Collective's annual juried exhibit at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The show will run from March 21 – June 25.

If you're in the Chicagoland area, please stop by on Saturday, April 9, from 11am – 3pm, for our artist's reception. There will be demonstrations as well as a live calligraphic performance by six of our members. And plenty of food and drink!

This year is the 25th anniversary of Exploration being held at the Newberry Library. In honor of that, the Newberry is taking all the past purchase-prize-winning pieces out of their vault and displaying them in the room adjoining our normal exhibit space. There will also be an exhibit of Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books: French Renaissance Gems of the Newberry.

It's sure to be a wonderfully inspiring time! Hope to see you there.