IL MONDO DELLA CALLIGRAFIA
TORRE DI MALTA, CITTADELLA, PADOVA
In the beginning
was a big exhibition
with 7 big panels about Dante's Divina Commedia
from the hands of Thomas Ingmire
plus the works of 27 calligraphers
from all the known world.
THE WORLD OF CALLIGRAPHY
With Thomas Ingmire
"Il Mondo della Calligrafia" was the title of a program which took place over a seven day period in the ancient walled town of Cittadella. This small town is part of the province of Padova and is about 25 k west of Venice.
The walls, along with the original moat still filled with water, are intact and surround the city's major business and activity centers. Four entrances penetrate the walls on the north-south and east-west axes, with the roads forming a cross which intersect at the city's centers.
This unique historic setting for "Il mondo della Calligrafia", was exciting for me to see and be apart of at what seems to be the beginning of Calligraphy's second Renaissance in Italy.
Carlo Buffa of the M. Fanoli State Institute of Art in Cittadella was the primary organizer of this program along with Monica Dengo.
An exhibition of works by artists from the U.S., England, Germany, Italy, Japan, and China was the focal point of the event.
Four three- day workshops (two on Roman Capitals by Monica Dengo and two on Expressive Calligraphy by myself) were conducted along with a series of one-day lectures.
|VIVA LA CALLIGRAFIA
What struck me most about these seven days was the enthusiasm of everyone involved. Students, teachers, and even recent alumni from the school participated in the preparation of the works for presentation in the exhibition.
An exhibition poster (copies were hanging throughout the city), t-shirts, and a series of 8 full color post cards were designed and printed by the school.
The workshops were all full, and were attended by teachers, students, and past students from the various graphic design schools in the region. Most of the students however were from the M. Fanoli school in Cittadella.Their ages ranged from 14 to 18. Teaching in Italy is always a special experience for me, however teaching students this age was a first.
These students were absolutely terrific. They were kind, patient, creative, full of energy and great fun. I was very sorry to see the classes end.
This program also had the support of the City Council and Cartiera Favini.
CITTADELLA, A SMALL DOT ON THE MAP,
MAY SOON BECOME A LARGE DOT ON THE CALLIGRAPHER'S MAP
|Thomas during a lesson in the tower|