I had the chance to be invited as student and mentor to the 26th edition of TipoBrda, the best workshop for typophiles organized in Slovenia, a little piece of heaven. The workshop begins on the 17th of August and ends on the 23rd. Domen Fras and Professor Lucijan have been running this workshop since 1997 at Kaverljag, a place of trees, hills and beautiful people. Kaverljag is an association and house dedicated to artistic events, ran by the talented and experienced painter Aleš Sedmak.The big surprise of this workshop was working, side by side, with Diana Ovezea, who graduated in The Hague at Royal Academy of Art, Type&Media Master program.
The week started with a basic lecture about copperplate and everyone receiving his own oblique nib to practice their first oblique strokes, adding pressure and releasing and getting to know the most common letter shapes.
“Calligraphic People” Photo by Domen Fras
It was an intensive day and all the guys began to develop some custom lettering or typefaces contaminated by calligraphy. Some decided to play with the pointed pen or pointed brush and some others picked a broad nib bamboo pen made by Mr. Lucijan and started to discover all the most bizarre possibilities that a tool can give you, like inverted contrast types, copperplate to stencil, robotic blackletters and so on — these are just some of the 24 projects that Diana and I had followed and moderated.
“Because the Night belongs to Type Lovers” Photo by Domen Fras
Tracing paper, ink, artsy strokes, and so many swashes everywhere. I had the impression that I am scriptifying TipoBrda too much, but this was the trend of the summer. Diana intensively followed all the people, correcting curves, spacing and giving some tips on paper.
The students were pushed by our creativity, technique and ironic comments on the sketches. The digital part was what many of us were afraid of. How can I bring this beautiful sketch into something digital, without missing the beauty of my grungy strokes? This was a hard mission and the people understood that this development of expressive sketches is transformed into digital by new shapes, new letterforms and more balanced compositions.
It was also possible to follow the updates of events on this TagBoard
Long nights fixing handles, adjusting spacing and visual correction were accompanied by glasses of wine or cups of coffee. Our task was to present a poster, 70 cm x 100 cm, that shows our typographic work, from one letter to a full set alphabet or just a decorative lettering with added calligraphy.
By the way, many things happened during this week and to talk about all of them is very hard, so I will feature some of the best moments quickly:
Broad Nibber Plugin by @mekkablue just received during the Workshop aka (Brda Nibber)
Very Proud of Marin Santic project and his copperplate practice
How to make a Brda Nib Bamboo Pen
Anze’s project based on the pointed pen, pressure and release man!
“Sharing knowledge” Photo by Domen Fras.
On Saturday, 24 of our posters, made during these creative days, were printed and exhibited at the Kaverljag atelier, each one totally different from the other. My proposal is called Kalligramma, a fatty family for display purposes, still a lot of work to do, but basically I explored three different styles in these days.
“Stencil Sister” by Jan Chavart
Following 24 project wasn’t an easy mission but those guys were so hungry of knowledge that everything was pure fun.
I will miss all these TipoBrda fellas, hope we will meet soon.