The theme of the conference is ‘variations' so in this calligraphy workshop, using broad nibbed pens and ink, we look at how you can vary your hand lettering through using different qualities of expressive movement; writing fast and slow, with light or heavy force, emphasising curves or straight lines. The underlying thinking behind this workshops comes from the work of Rudolf Laban, one of the great movement theorists of the twentieth century. You will create many kinds of letterforms in this workshop that should open up your thinking about the range of forms you can create for yourself.
Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher and Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland. He grew up near to the village of Ditchling, home to the calligrapher Edward Johnston. Today Ewan divides his time between commissioned work, writing and teaching which includes the type programmes at Cooper Union and the University of Reading. For twelve years he worked as a consultant to Xerox PARC where his interest lay in researching the uses of documents in contemporary work places. His book on the history of writing, ‘The Golden Thread’, will soon be released in Turkish by Pegasus Publications.