Friday, July 29, 2011

Jacques le Roux

Passeurs de Memoire, a homage to Jacques le Roux, a very inventive and influential European calligrapher, an exhibition at Musee Chinitreuil in Pont de Vaux was a pleasant holiday surprise.

It features work by many calligraphers including Marion Andrews,Julien Chazal and Claude Medavilla.
A beautiful exhibitionm of contemporary calligraphy.

Update 11 October.
It seems such a long time since the warm days of summer and my trip round the Museum to see this exhibition. I am sadly no closer to understanding more about Jacques le Roux, but circumstances today require that I make more of a effort. 
The circumstances - talking to students at Swansea Metropolitan University about blogging. The consequence - make more of an effort.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

No time

My text seems to be lost.
That's it I shall get a keyboard or revert to images only from the iPod. Small screen typing is not easy for an adult and it's really frustrating when the text vanishes between screens. It makes no sense to use a small device for speed only to edit again.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Last Year's Certificates

It's about this time of year that I think about the next batch of certificates that I usually write out for Swansea Metropolitan University. This year I have published the four from last year. It is an area of work that is absorbing, hardly exciting, but fruitful. Also in preparation is a piece to be submitted for exhibition next year. This is taking time, probably too much time, as sometimes I feel I should work with more abandon. More testing at the weekend I think.

Certificates 04

Certificates 03

Certificates 02

Certificates in parts

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I chanced upon this 'inspirational' blog entry today - . Lori makes the act of making a book look so easy. I'm sure there is a lot of experience in the background, but the post made a refreshing start to my working week.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Found the file at last

This image should have been included with the last. Finished recently, it is a poem that celebrates the golden wedding anniversary of a couple from the Swansea area. I wanted to contrast the two pieces, although I doubt that there is a great deal of difference in the two scripts, even over the years.
When I made the last post, the image above was not on the usb drive that I thought it was - hence the title.

Monday, April 11, 2011

More work to add

The piece above was done some time ago for a primary school, here in South Wales. I was reluctant to use this script in Wales as it has celtic connertations and seemed a little obvious. But it works in the Welsh language and was good for a fund raiser for the school.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Using Sketchbooks

Sara Bowen, who's blog, Double Elephant, I can accross while reading Art&etc, has an interesting piece about her use of the sketchbook. I used to maintain a loose collection of paper and books that served as sketchbooks, until, like Sara, while taking an MA in Visual Communication, I found a more formal need for a visual journal in which to recored my practice.

I continue to resolve issues, keep notes and journal entries in the form of a sketchbook, but while continuing in a full time job that isn't my lettering practice, maintaining the journal can be too often put off.

I'm hoping that Sara's example will spur me on.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back from Rome with these letters.

Back from a trip to Rome to watch 6 Nations Rugby. The game was wonderful, especially as Wales won.
Afterwards on a tour around the colosseum my wife pointed out this lettering to me and I took the snap that appears above. Reminisent of the inscription work of David Jones, the letters have a rythym of their own and this lettering is informal compared to other lettering in the same place. This piece makes a connection between the formal letters that are the foundation of serif typefaces and the cursive letters found in documents and famously as graphiti on the walls of Pompei. I have an interest in Asemic writing and although inscribed in stone these letters fall into this category for me, especially as my grasp of the Latin language is almost non-existant.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A brief message

This is just a brief message using an iPod to edit from the site not an app. This might be enough to add to. This section, text only, from an app.