I took the 5 1/2 day workshop with the famous Calligrapher Brody Neuenschwander brodyneuenschwander.com. I had heard so much about him, especially the part about everyone crying in his class. I wasn't sure if it was his teaching style or if he was a task master and strict. I thought he was wonderful. He seemed to be genuinely interested in what you had to say and had such wonderful creative ideas to express what each of us wanted in the beginnings of our 'book'. Not only did we have to delve into some of our emotions, that were sometimes suppressed and revealed through our tears, but we had to find a way to use our artistic abilities to convey those feelings. It was a tremendous amount of work and no one finished, but now have an idea to continue to complete the stories. Here are a few photos from the week.
|Sunset towards Pikes Peak, walking to our apartment.
|Brody showing how to abuse quill pens.
|A lesson prompt for one of our pages.
|Class photo of lucky students with Brody.
|Front or first page, I realize that I did not illustrate it correctly..but will work on it. Right, 3 different scripts for each part of our stories.
|following pages....I began a stitching with different color threads and sewn through X for Xesco and Y for Yuki...
|Opposite side of embroidered and cut out frames page to reflect the view of the first pages..
|The pages seem to come together serendipitously... this from being blind and having a partner to guide the placement of a tool but not the movement of it and tie into it our word prompt.
|The right side of this layout was a prompt from Brody to slowly change two of our chosen words from out text. The left side was my attempt to camouflage a badly written script to illustrate part of my story.
|Part of my written text on the left and a word picked from my text on the right...I started with dirty sumi water and slowly made each letter lighter in color for the word 'nowhere'.
|Here is the photo of the table of examples from our class at Show and Share...Everyone did exceptional work and I think very content at their attempts.
|My invented letter form to show nervousness and fright.