Calligraphy Conference

This week I was at the International Calligraphy Conference in Swannanoa, North Carolina. It is the first calligraphy conference that I've gone to, and it has definitely exceeded my expectations. It was held at the Warren Wilson College, and I got to (once again) sleep in a dorm. I can't say I missed the experience :) My classes were held in the science building, and one of them was even in a Chemistry lab! There were about 200 attendees, and about 30 different classes to choose from. Some classes lasted the whole 5 days, while others were 2.5 days long, Continue Reading

Assignment #4: Book (Part 5)

Well, this is the longest series of posts I've written so far! In fact, if I made one post for each iteration of the book, I'd have to make one more. I feel like I've spent enough time talking about it, though, so I am going to combine the rest into a single post. For the final critique, I addressed all of the issues that had come up before. I was finally at the point where I actually liked what I made. Below are the thumbnails for the entire book (except for the last page and the cover). Some of Continue Reading

Assignment #4: Book (Part 4)

For this week, I just had to refine what I had. Originally, this was supposed to be the last class before the book was due, fully printed and bound. However, the instructor was nice and allowed us to have that extra week for the final critique, and then the book would be due after that. I was very happy to have the extra week. I had made some improvements to my key spreads, but I didn't feel like they were good enough. Something just wasn't quite right yet. I updated the quotes to be larger as per critique from the Continue Reading

Assignment #4: Book (Part 3)

The night before the third class, I finally nailed my creative driver. I was crying in the shower when it suddenly came to me: "Freedom to experiment". It was something that the Wikipedia article had mentioned. The Beatles pretended to be a different band so that they could experiment with their songs. Maybe I could do some experimentation too? The next part of the assignment was to put together the book based on the plan from previous week (it could have some placeholders for now), and to continue working on the key spreads. To present this in class, I had Continue Reading

Assignment #4: Book (Part 2)

For the second week of the project, I had to create a pagination plan for the entire book, and also to come up with 10 images that would support the story. On top of that, I had to refine my spreads and to clarify my creative driver. Pagination was by far the easiest part: I knew I wanted my book to have 4 sections based on the text. Note that there are two sections that contain lyrics. This is intentional — the first one has those lyrics in proper poetic form, and the second one makes them flow like normal text. Continue Reading