Since my first book Thoughtful Gestures went out of print two years ago, I received numerous requests from calligraphers and students for a copy and each time I felt sorry I had to disappoint them. Now, I can offer the e-book version, to which I added an extented gallery of another 16 pages, showing more recent work. The e-book can be ordered for only 12 euro, but the really good news is that it’s completely FREE for all who bought or will buy the Litterae-box. Call me crazy, but I merely wanted to make a ‘thoughtful gesture’. For more info on how to order or contact me, see attachment.
It is not without pride that I want to present my Litterae-project. I chose 24 Latin texts, rendered them thoughtfully into calligraphy, translated the quote and commented upon it and its author. The result is a 24 cards-set, which is put into a nice looking box along with a booklet full of background information. I went to great lenghts of trouble realizing it, paying the utmost attention to every single detail of the process, and I’m very happy with the result. In a sense, it combines my two professions and passions: Ancient Rome and calligraphy. I can have some peace now, … unless you overwhelm me with orders, which I wouldn’t mind that much ;-)
The set is (or will be) available through John Neal, but you can also order directly through me (in that case, there’s a nice discount on group orders, an additional present of 3 Litterae-bookmarks and reduced shipping costs). For more info, pictures and ordering, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.yleterme.be. I also made a presentation video of Litterae and put it up on Youtube and Vimeo. Here’s the link to Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/98820894 Hope you’ll enjoy watching it.
It felt like bungeejumping – not that I ever did that though. I had checked about a hundred times all my designs and texts but it was still with a trembling finger that I clicked the send-button to send it all off to the printer. In the coming week, thousands of cards, boxes and booklets will be delivered at my doorstep for me to assemble them and then (hopefully) ship them to whoever wants a copy.
Litterae will presented as a box containing 24 A5 cards with Latin texts in calligraphy. All texts are translated and commented with further illustrations. It will provide information on the Latin authors, the chosen quotes and why I interpreted the texts the way I did.
I turned out that I didn’t print enough copies of my book ‘Thoughtful Gestures’ three years ago, so this time I made sure I’ll be able to deliver.
Two things… I want to announce two workshops I’ll give in Hamburg from 7 til 10 November 2014. One is on pointed brush (see picture) and the other is on flat brush Rustics. If you’re interested you can contact me (email@example.com) and then I’ll put you in contact with the organizer, Anja Luedtke.
The other thing I wanted to say is that I’ve been working very hard on a series of 24 calligraphic interpretations of some of my favourite Latin texts. Along with the prints, there’s additional information about the author, the chosen text and the reasons why I opted for that particular approach. As I wanted this collection to be the result of my very best efforts in writing and composing, I have been picky in choosing and merciless in refining, but now that the end is in sight, I’m very glad with the result so far. It is meant not only to speak to calligraphers but also to anyone who’s interested in the Roman legacy. I hope to bundle them shortly and publish them. You’ll surely get to hear more about it, but I wanted to send this notification ahead already.
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I’m back home after two extensive tours, one in the Northern States of America and one in West Canada (eleven stops in total). There’s still one more trip to the US two weeks from now, the Colorado Conference and that will be the end of my traveling days for this year. We’re busy planning a tour in the US for Spring next year that will most probably bring me to Boize, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs, perhaps also Boston, and I hope to add a few more to the schedule (contact me if you’re interested).
Everything went exceedlingly well: planes on time, delightful hosts and students, good food, fun time in and out of the classroom and enough time off to do some sightseeing or simply relax with a book.
Now, back home, I made a TO DO-list which keeps staring at me for quite a few things can’t be crossed that easily from it. A thorough editing of my handouts, preparing for an exhibition, writing a new book … and tending the garden, painting the woodwork etc…
Well, I guess that instead of updating my blog, I might as well get started on a couple of minor things on that list.
A week from now I’ll be on a plane to Minnesota, where my American tour kicks off. It’ll also bring me to Montana, Washington, Oregon and Illinois for 10 workshops in total. I’ll be away from home for about 5 weeks – the longest period so far. I know there will be times I’ll wish I could sit in front of my TV or at breakfast with my slippers on and my family around me, but I’m sure my hosts will make me feel at home – they always do.
I’ll return to the States in July to teach at the Calligraphy Conference, which is held in Colorado this year. I’m teaching Pointed Brush and Experimental Layout and I promised to give a slidepresentation one evening. There are still some places left, so check out www.2013calligraphyconference.com
And while I’m at it, it may be good to know that there’s a great possibility that I’ll be touring again in the US in Spring next year. At least three guilds have shown interest – if your guild would like to join and help cutting the airfare, let me know as soon as possible. The more workshops I can add, the cheaper it becomes.
That’s all for now, Cheers, Yves