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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Four

Since combining the words origami and Zhen Xian Bao or Chinese Thread Book in my search for the ‘star’ box (flowered candy box) I have come across a number of origami versions of the Zhen Xian Bao. The earliest example … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Baikei, Wang Dongling, and Yoshinori Kikizawa

I showed you a Friday Night Flick with some large scale calligraffiti earlier this spring. Tonight’s first two flicks are examples of large scale brush work by two Asian masters of calligraphy: Baikei and Wang Dongling.       The … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Ben Eine

As a follow-up to last week’s videos featuring large-scale lettering, here’s another. Ben Eine uses the traditional tool of the graffiti artist —the spray can— in a highly controlled manner to produce elegant and colourful installations.     You can … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Pokras Lampas and Julien Breton

Time for two more calligraphy videos, today featuring “the largest calligraphy artwork in the world” and lettering with light. The rooftop calligraffiti piece by Pokras Lampas may indeed be the biggest in the world. It is certainly large and the … Continue reading

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Life in Circles

Occasionally I notice that my life is recursive: things appear, then disappear, then return –a bit of déja vu all over again. In August of 1996, I attended (as a guest) the combined 114th meeting of the American Ornithologists Union … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Calligraffiti — el Seed, Rajat Bhele, and Tubs

This week I am posting three short videos, giving you a chance to compare large works by three different calligraffiti artists. The style of each artist is quite distinct.         You could try your hand at a little lettering this weekend, … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Calligraffiti — Rajat Bhele

A post on BoingBoing on Monday reminded me that I haven’t posted a calligraphy video for a while. Here’s a short film of Indian calligraffiti artist Rajat Bhele designing and lettering an installation piece for J. J. Hostel, Bandra, Mumbai. … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Master Penman Jake Weidmann

Time for another video that is more closely related to the book arts. This is about Jake Weidmann, and features calligraphic art in a more traditional form than the most recent video about lettering.     If you are interested, Weidmann gave … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Nature of Language

A number of contemporary artists use lettering in one form or other in their paintings. It is not a particularly new thing. Recent calligraphic paintings can trace their roots back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their predecessors are … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Shinichi Maruyama

Today’s videos are about water as a sculptural material. I find many of the forms (and some of the processes) reminiscent of calligraphy. You can see still photographs on the artist’s website.     I hope everyone has a great … Continue reading

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