What do Calligraphy, Handmade Paper and Rejection have in Common?


All artists need to become skilled in accepting the many ways of rejection, from form letters to “we had so many high quality applicants, unfortunately you were not selected etc.” Some offer encouragement which is appreciated. Whatever the reason for not being accepted into an exhibition or a gallery or when there is a likely sale that doesn’t pan out, we should expect that to be the norm but never stop trying to reach as high as possible. Handpapermaking.org is a non-profit organization … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Visit to Taiwan Master Calligrapher SYUE Ping-nan’s Studio


The telephone call I received in Japanese while living in Japan seemed mysterious. I thought I understood what was being said and replied in Japanese, yet I was unsure. The woman said that she was a calligraphy teacher and had heard about me, a foreigner studying calligraphy, and that she would like me to meet her in Takasaki to work with her. For starters, I already had been studying with Kobayashi Sensei, my teacher for “life”, and the woman did not mention Sensei. (Nor did Sensei recognize … [Read more...]

How Far Would You Go To Have “Your Name Written in Calligraphy”


How do a female car stunt driver and a contemporary calligraphy artist collaborate to make magic in just over a minute and make each of us want to create as they do? How do they go far beyond the traditional “ your name written in calligraphy ” advertised so often on the internet? The new Opel Corsa is San Yalemos’s vehicle of creativity, brush and paint are those of Simon Silaidis. In tandem, one feeding off the other, pushing the limits of their tools and bodies in an expansive … [Read more...]