An assemblage | calligraphy: the stroke, the word, the world.


Presentation wall, with calligraphic drawings and educational references, photographic brand boards, working tools, broadsides and flow examples.

Yesterday, exploring the hand drawing of letterforms, with a team from Girvin, Inc., and it was about finding motion, gesture, the curve, the light and the dark, what is seen and stroked, and what is left blank — untouched. I’ve been teaching calligraphy, once again. For now, it’s a cadre of Girvin designers.

During that same day, I had a reconnection with friends from the past — long past.


Working sheet and demonstration of fundamental 15th century Italian alphabet, a quick sequence of letters, working sheet and gesture monogram knots.

These were friends, fellow students, from the Evergreen State College. On Tuesday, I’d gone back to the Evergreen State College, reconnecting with the Media Lab there — which is now newly named the LyndaLab — there’s a room that’s especially dedicated to her contributions to the school. Lynda, along with her husband, Bruce Heavin, founded Lynda.com. More on her, here: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/09/16/interview-lynda-weinman-founder-lyndacom/. And her site is here:http://www.lynda.com/. Along with Lynda and Bruce, there was Linda Stone. And the story on Linda Stone — also an Evergreener — can be found here:http://lindastone.net/. All amazing people.

All of them came to the office, and we spent just an hour, exploring books, design, the office, meeting people, exploring ideas.

In a way, it all comes back to the idea of how is the story told — one, the breath of the teller, recalling the tales of the experiencer; another, two, the transcribing of that story — what is called beyond and carried into a point of new certainty, it has a place. And three, the imagination of the listener — a listener that might be sitting, sifting into the telling of the story, to another, who is reading and embracing the telling of a story.


A calligraphic knot, along with the original worksheet, from the Girvin / Evergreen State College workshops, 1975.

Beautiful — what was old, what was new, what could be found, and what is recalled — and newly discovered.

The letter form is a bundling of the idea, curves and black, light, openings, structuring, the architecture of speak, the thought, scribed.

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