Colour - Composition - Calligraphy : Denise Lach 2017

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Colour - Composition - Calligraphy : Denise Lach 2017


The creative design potential of calligraphy and lettering is almost limitless. Even a blot or a mistake can become a design element. The process of inspiration, and experimentation can open endless creative avenues,  and sharpen your sense of rhythm and balance” This is an creative course to exploit shape, colour and composition in series in a small format.

 Dates:  June 20 - 23 2017   Venue: Committed to Cloth Studio

Course Fee: £400 + £40 supplies      Deposit £200


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About Denise

Denise has been involved with calligraphy and conceptual writing since 1985. She teaches lettering design and screen printing at the Basel School of Design, and leads calligraphic courses and workshops in Switzerland and abroad. To quote Denise from her book:


“The creative design potential of calligraphy and lettering is almost limitless. Even a blot or a mistake can become a design element, as long as you let it be. Sometimes it may become an essential part of the whole… The process of inspiration, experimentation and critical examination can open endless creative avenues, improve your feeling for good design and sharpen your sense of rhythm and balance”.


I am excited to offer you the opportunity to study with Denise. Her book, ‘Calligraphy, a Book of Contemporary Inspiration’ is just that, an inspiration, and also her recent book Journeys in Calligraphy - Inspiring Scripts from Around the World. 



  • Discovering the balance, and imbalance, and the combination and contrast of the two.

  • Expand our perception in using these design tools in our personal work

  • Consider present day design language ( legibility, abstraction, perception, content and intention)

  • Convert these design ideas into mix media, image development and or textiles

We will

  •  focus on three characteristics  shape, colour and composition
  •  work in series on a single letter, or two on a small format (10 x 10 cm)
  • the chronological structure of the workshop will leads us to an abundant and diverse collection.
  •  multitude of design options enriches our graphic (and calligraphic) palette.

By the end of the four days you should have  numerous studies showing

  • writing,
  • constructing,
  • distorting,
  • tearing,
  • multiplying,
  • overlaying letters
  • negative shapes
  • positioning and shifting them in order to emphasize their inner or outer shapes,
  • positive or negative space, contrast and tension
  • letters in relation to colour, transparency, gloss
  • stamping, embossing, printing …


Please arrive no later than 9.15am on the Tuesday for a 9.30am start.  Teaching hours will run from 9.30am to 5.30pm, although Denise will generally be available from 9am to 5pm, which are the studio opening hours. On Friday, the studio will close promptly at 4.30pm.


  • Pencils
  • Craft Knife and small cutting mat & ruler
  • Water colours or Gouache
  • Fineliner Pens; in black and in 3 assorted line widths, including a broad marker
  • Any tools you feel you can use to write with, e.g. drawing pens, feathers, brushes, sticks etc. so all you favourite mark making tool
  • A selection of calligraphy pens eg: cola, pilot pens, ruler-pen, bamboo pens, folded pens, 
  • One empty cola or beer can to make a cola pen– give it a rinse!
  • Stick glue
  • Rubber gloves for the india ink
  • An apron (or wear old clothes)
  • Comfy shoes
  • A digital camera for personal records (optional)
  • An ipod & headphones if you like to work to music
  • Design Source eg: photos, drawings, magazine cutouts, personal sketches etc
  • a small variety of special papers from your collection like  tissue paper, metallic papers, cotton, hemp
  • coloured threads, needles and small bits of fabric 

I will provide:

  • Denise's preferred paper, 
  • Tracing paper
  • India Ink 
  • 200 gm paper for background
  • coloured paper for background


Lunches, tea/coffee and nibbles and fruit will be provided.

See the Accommodation list, if you need to stay locally.

Contact and Directions :

 Leslie Morgan

or Jude Kingshott