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Visual journal keepers tend to do at least some writing along with their sketching. I'm not a calligrapher but I love looking at beautifully written script. I enjoy colorful, rich, and textured layouts of text, text, text, all handwritten with flair and gusto. Because of this I keep my eyes open for interesting books about calligraphy.
The other day at Barnes and Noble I came across Lisa Engelbrecht's Modern Mark Making: From Classic Calligraphy to Hip Hand-Lettering. Even though I have no intention of mastering the art of calligraphy I had to buy this book. It is filled with stunningly beautiful and visually intriguing samples by the author and other calligraphers. (Traci Bautista, Glen Epstein, Teesha Moore, and Stephen Rapp are just some of the talented letter artists whose work appears in this book.)
My friend Ricë Freeman Zachery is writing another book: Creative Time & Space: Making Room for Making Art. It's due out next September from North Light Books. (I'll be writing more about this book as the time for publication approaches, but in the meantime you might watch Ricë's blog for updates about her book and all the other things she's busy with!)
I'm honored that Ricë asked to interview me for her book. Recently while gathering information for the biographical blurbs on the artists interviewed Ricë asked us to provide 2 or 3 sentences about ourselves. Each blurb will start with our name, our kind of art, and our location. Each blurb will end with contact information. In the middle there will be room for sentences about ourselves: "While they can't be really long, you can include things about your books or shows or gallery, your partner or animals or family or studio or whatever you want people to know. Humorous is good, if you like."
Her instructions got me thinking. I'm always having to write artist statements when I have artwork in shows, but those statements are usually tailored to a specific project, time, place, and will be gone when the show is gone. In other situations when a biographical statement is called for I typically have a bit more space to fill.