Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Studio!

Last week I moved my art studio into a new space. This will be the second time that I have had my studio outside of our home and I will actually go to work like a "real" person.* The space is twice a big as my above-the-garage studio, with great hardwood floors and room for teaching classes. Here are some moving day photos:

Main Room:

Other Room:

*For the rest of you real people who have really been working at home all along, no offense intended, because I know what it feels like when you mention that you work at home and you are met with those polite but condescending looks by real professionals who are secretly thinking that you have no idea what the real world is like, and oh, isn't it nice to work in your sweats until noon, catch the latest dish on The View and check out Matt Lauer's newest crew cut? Well, yeah, those things are great perks of working at home and I will miss them, but already just mentioning to friends that I am moving into a studio has made them take me more seriously as an artist.

More than half of my things are unpacked and put away. It's great to have so much space to spread out in. More photos next week when I am settled in.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Neuland Workshop in New Orleans

The workshop in New Orleans was great! It was so good to see everyone again. Here are some of the beautiful lettering samples they came up with in only two days:

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Work

Here are two new books I just finished for the advanced calligraphy class. If you want to see more photos of these, I put them on the Reggie Year blog. Thanks for looking!

Front cover of book, about 4 X 5"

Detail of front cover, showing silver foil and cut out opening:

Detail of inside front cover:

This book is 4.5" X 10". The text is from Annie Dillard's book, The Writing Life, which was brought back to my attention by my favorite writer and pal, Brent Diggs. Dillard's comments about writing are always relevant and so appropriate for calligraphy, even though that's not what she was really writing about. Here are a few photos:

Front cover of book:

Detail of text, actual size, Dr. Martin's BleedProof White on Paste Paper: