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TheWrittenArtist visited the London Stationery Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, April 2017.
Tying out pens, yet more pens, and talking to all sorts of people who sell and make pens.
Clients sometimes ask me about pens - in coaching, I tend to use everyday working pens that I can rely on. If you have had a coaching session with TheWrittenArtist you will know that I tend to bring a variety of pens to try out.
Finding the right pens that suit your hand can instantly improve handwriting, and the pleasure of writing.
When I used a fountain pen, years ago, they were still splodgy and splashy. I don't really mind inky fingers, except they can smudge the paper. Fountains pens, even at entry level, have considerably moved on and I think I'm about to become a personal convert.
I was especially impressed with Studio Pens http://www.studiopens.co.uk/, who allowed me to make and keep a lovely wee fountain pen similar to this:
Clients ask and I respond. I will be starting a new page on this site of my pen discoveries and recommendations, perhaps even a shop. It's very personal how a pen feels in the hand and to write with. It's a quest. Perhaps you are already a collector of these beautiful and practical artefacts. They express words, they communicate meanings. The pen is mightier than the computer.
|Posted on November 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Very productive artist signature workshop at Pure Arts in Battle.
Several responsive artists came up with some tremendous signature solutions. Signing work legibly, with a little flair and considered placing is such an important aspect of art, but often neglected.
TheWrittenArtist. Developing an artist signature – making your mark workshop
Create an artist's signature that makes your mark in the artworld. Clarify authenticity and legacy issues with a legible signature on your artworks that is in keeping with your medium and an enhancement of your style.
Guess the artist – signature game Famous, Anonymous or Illegible?
Session 1: Your artistic persona, personal branding, signature as ambassador
Activity 1: Starting where we are - identifying issues, legibility, appropriateness, style, aims, desire
Session 2: Historical, anonymous works, legacy
Issues: Authenticity, legacy, value
Activity 2: Collecting material to work with - names, words, symbols, figures, writing, drawing
Session 3: Contemporary context, collectors, value
Issues: Fashions and trends in signing works
Activity 3: Devising new symbols, letter formations - this is the magic bit! Artist monograms
The Goede Game - art game devised in memory of artist Jules de Goede. Finding the right place when there is no right place.
Session 4: Signature across media - best practice
Issues: Timing, digital online, copyright
Activity 4: Forming new signature, devising methods to practice and remember
The Artist Signature - notes
TheWrittenArtist November 2016