The Calligrapher – A Workshop with Nancy Ouchida-Howells

Originally posted on Small Blue Thing:

Her work is so beautiful.

The Calligrapher says:

‘Breathe out with the downstroke,

feel the words

make love live through your pen’.

I tentatively

touch the paper with the nib

the line is scrawny 

and shakes

‘be bold ladies’

the line strengthens,

the ink starts to flow

tentatively…

going better now,

and then not so well…

I feel a starting point

intriguing things, words,

as you write and rewrite the same one,

losing track of these lines,

the letters change meaning

as I rehearse the shape over and over.

An expression of humanity -

Nancy says :

”Calligraphy shouldn’t be perfect,

we are not perfect”

 

 

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