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The Empty Space, Womb of Shape

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Marina Soria: The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
You will need to bring a couple of your favourite experimental alphabets you could have developed in some other workshop or a formal calligraphy with a personal twist. Remember that we will not create an alphabet but work with the space and composition issues.
  • Some of your favorite tools: ruling pen, cola pen, folded pen, Automatic pens, nibs and any tool you may have used to perform your personal alphabet. (N22, N208, N155, N27)
  • Medium-sized brushes (# in between 3 and 6) and a thin one to draw contours or outline. (BR38)
  • Bottle of black sumi or 2-3 single tubes of preferably dark colour gouaches or watercolours, of your choice. (I70)
  • White gouache. (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Layout paper. Our final piece will be a sculpture book so we will need a good quality paper. (P11-100)
You have two possibilities, either:
  • Two sheets of Rives BFK or Arches Text Wove, or something like these two, under 140 lbs, or (PS107, PS01)
  • Watercolour Paper Block. Characteristics:
    • Weight around 270 gsm (125 lbs) below 300 gsm (under 140 lbs)
    • Size, around A3 or slightly smaller (14" x 17" in or 9" x 12")
    • Texture: cold press, medium or smooth surface.
    • Separate sheets not glued on all four sides or separate them before our class
  • One needle for a simple Japanese binding (S213)
  • Thread, matching the colour gouache you have chosen (S825)
  • Awl (S347)
  • Little hooks to hold paper in place while binding
  • A straight edge metal ruler
A portable light table would be very useful, if you don't have one you could bring a portable easel with a light underneath to be able to trace in a comfortable way.
  • Pencil (PL38)
  • Colour pencil matching the chosen colours (PL05)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Palette for mixing colours (S679)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Tape (S412)
  • Scissors (S835)
  • Good cutter
  • X-Acto knife (S417, S130)
  • Glue stick (S391)
  • Felt pens for quick writing and contour delineate. (M17)
  • A selection of two short poems, haikus, quotes or even your own words will do and you may also bring your own music with headphones if you wish.
OPTIONAL (or stuff we may or may not use)...
  • If we have time we can make a mobile. We will need a meter long ribbon (39.3701") in matching colours with your palette, glue stick, cutter and a circle puncher 7,62 cm (3")

Recommended Books:
No books recommended at this time.

By or about Marina Soria:
  • BL7.2. Marina Soria Gallery in Bound & Lettered Vol.7, No.2
  • LR26-3. An interview with Marina Soria by Christopher Calderhead in Letter Arts Review Vol.26, No.3

  • 19REN. PREORDER for Rendez-vous
    19REN. Preorder for Rendez-vous 2019.

    Add this product to RENDEZ-VOUS 2019 preorders for no shipping charges and pick-up at the onsite JNB store at the conference.

    You must place your preorder by June 12, 2019.

    Your Price

    N22. Ruling Pen
    N22. Ruling Pen.

    Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.

    Your Price

    N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen
    N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen.

    Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are designed with the traditional components of the tools already found on the market, with additional new features.

    The lightness of the tool and its balance were prioritized, resulting in a comfortable grip and allowing for both fluid and gestural strokes.

    Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are crafted in stainless steel with elastic properties, a material that has excellent strength and durability and that does not rust. It is easy to clean and provides lightness, flexibility and accuracy in strokes.

    The wooden pen handles are handmade. The assembly of these pens is entirely manual, with the refinement and finishing done one by one to get the perfect fit. Varnish layers waterproof the handle and make the pens more durable and easier to clean.

    Aldus 2
    Layla 4
    Leeloo 5
    Little Lie 3
    Lollipop 6
    Sofie 1

    Your Price $57.50

    N155. Luthis Pens
    N155. Luthis Pens.

    Folded metal pens for expressive writing and formal calligraphy. The tips are aluminum; the handles are unfinished wood. Approximately 6" long. Four styles are offered; each writes differently. The pens are from Argentina; they are labeled with their Spanish names.

    "They give great edges and hairlines and flow beautifully. For as thin an edge as it has, it's amazingly stable. And the thin handle makes manipulation easy. I can recommend them highly." - Carrie Imai

    Butterfly (Mariposa). Has two writing edges.
    Moth (Polillita). A smaller version of Butterfly (Mariposa).
    Fan (Abanico). The writing edge curve is similar to a standard folded pen or calligraphy ruling pen.
    Dragonfly (Libélula). The writing edge has a unique curve that allows you to change writing styles quickly. Carol DuBosch's favorite of the four.

    Purchase all four and save: use code N155-S4.

    Click here to see sample writing of the Libelula

    Click here to see sample writing with the Mariposa.

    We have added a new, larger pen:
    Moth XXL (Polilla XXL). This is a larger version of the Moth.

    Click here to see sample writing with the Polilla XXL.

    Click here to see more sample writing with the Polilla XXL.

    Your Price $16.95

    N27. Automatic Pen
    N27. Automatic Pen.
    Sizes: 1 (1/16"), 2 (1/8"), 3 (3/16"), 3A (1/4"), 4 (5/16"), 4A (3/8), 5 (1/2"), 6 (3/4"), 6A (1").

    These poster pens are made of a non-rust nickel silver with a plastic handle. They produce very thin thins. Use them with the tooth blade uppermost. Clean with warm water after use. A new pen should be filled and worked gently on paper
    until the color (ink) flows. Any possible sign of scratching will soon wear off with use.

    Click here for a how-to information sheet.

    Your Price

    BR38. WN Artists' Watercolor Sable
    WN Artists' Watercolor Sable Round

    Excellent for fine detail, lines and washes. The round-bellied watercolor brush is the most popular watercolor brush. Quality Kolinsky sable hair, birchwood handles and seamless nickel ferrules all put together by hand to create a truly excellent brush. Has been improved to ensure a perfect point. Matte finish handle.

    Recommended by Valerie Weilmuenster for illuminated letters as a good and ess expensive alternative to the Winsor & Newton Series 7.

    **To see the price of each size, select the size in the box below**

    Your Price $10.99

    I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
    Moon Palace Sumi
    The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

    While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

    "I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
    A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

    --Clair F., Jan 2011.

    Four sizes available:

    2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
    6.0 oz (180ml)

    15 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019

    Your Price

    P09-100. Boris Layout Pad 100 Sheets
    Borden & Riley's Boris Layout Pad
    Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad (#37). 100 sheets.

    A smooth, translucent sheet that is highly recommended. No bleeding or feathering. Popular for beginning classes, and for copperplate for reproduction. Our most popular pad. From Borden & Riley.

    Choose 9x12, 11x14, or 14x17 inches.

    For tracing, Cotton Comp pads are recommended. Cotton Comp is easier to see through than the Boris Layout Pad.

    Formerly P10-100, P11-100, & P12-100

    Your Price $20.29

    PS107. Rives BFK Paper (180 gsm)
    PS107. Rives BFK (180 gsm) 19.5"x25.5"

    This printmaking papers has set the standard for every mouldmade grade manufactured in Europe.

    Perhaps its best quality is its consistency. Made with 100% cotton and no optical brightening agents, it is a bright white, smooth, soft and pliable sheet. Dimensionally stable, BFK Rives is a versatile substrate with an absorbent wove surface that is suitable for all forms of printmaking. The paper works well with inks and is heavy enough for washes and watercolor. Mouldmade in France. Grain direction is parallel to underlined dimension.

    100% Cotton. pH neutral. 2 natural deckles, 2 tear deckles. White.
    Also available in 250 gsm (see item PS91)

    This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)

    Your Price $5.62

    PS01. Arches Text Wove (half sheet)
    Arches Text Wove
    100% rag, pH neutral. 20"x25.5". 120gsm. White. Smooth (wove) finish. 2 deckles, 2 cut edges.

    Takes ink well. A great, slightly soft paper to write on. One of our most popular papers. Great for paste paper. Mouldmade in France.

    Grain runs parallel to the underlined dimension.

    This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)

    Your Price $4.44

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