When Denis Brown picks up a pen, the room becomes silent. Even a room full of chattering women becomes absolutely still, with everyone watching intently. There is nothing but the sound of the pen nib, and quick intakes of breath from the audience.
Denis’ demos were the highlight of an excellent class, “Developing Expression in Calligraphy”, in which he lead us through rather grueling exercises with drawn monoline romans, which lead to exploring texture, and ended with a fun exercise where we created calligraphic marks to musical rhythms. Informative, inspiring and enjoyable - the week flew past as quickly as Denis’ penstrokes.
What I’m left with: a desire to really work on the rhythm and ‘fluency’ of my own calligraphy (and new ideas on how to approach this), and many new things to consider in terms of creating depth and texture in a calligraphic work. This is certainly something Denis has achieved with his incredible glass art.