Free Range Handwriting

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September 16th, 2015 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Margaret Morgan
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 16th, 2015 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 17th, 2015 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

Use your own handwriting as a basis for experiments in the search for unity, complexity and intensity. Employing variations of vertical and horizontal tension, we will look at abstract sources from which to design your own unique alphabet.

These new letterforms are then incorporated into exercises & short projects that allow many expressive possibilities that push the boundaries of legibility.

With this topic, expressiveness is not an excuse for sloppiness of letterforms (or anything else!) - almost the opposite. When there are no established ‘rules’ to follow, it needs some thought to work out your own parameters in order to give the work a form of cohesiveness and integrity. 

This class will teach you depth and involvement with the subject matter, so others can engage with and derive pleasure from looking at it on more than just a superficial level.

Materials to Bring: Materials list will be sent out to students

Workshop Fee: $350

Date & Time: Wednesday & Thursday, September 16 & 17, 2015 :: 9:30am-5:30pm 

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Margaret Morgan

Margaret Morgan is a calligrapher and lettering artist, with many years’ experience. She was lured into calligraphy by learning italic handwriting at school at an early age. Her art college training in graphics and typography remain a strong influence in her work with pen, brush and drawn lettering.

She works with designers and ad agencies, providing original hand-lettering for commercial projects; produces pieces for exhibition and sale, as well as public and private commissions. 

Author of four books on calligraphy and illumination, contemporary ways of using gold and devising new letterforms are a continuing fascination. Margaret also leads workshops in the UK and abroad - over the past few years she has taught in Norway, Japan and Germany. Her aim is to encourage students towards a more experimental approach to lettering, working from a sound basic knowledge of traditional letterforms. She is a Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society and a full member of Letter Exchange.