At the USOPP (United States Olympic and Paralympic Properties) ‘One Year Out’ to Tokyo 2020 Partner Reception, I created calligraphic elements and a design in black ink within the letters of the large USA logo on a 10′ by 10′ square piece of heavy duty paper, lying on the floor, to be used as a banner.
NEW YORK, NY
This is a dinner for Shiseido’s partners at Sephora inside JC Penny.
I made some customized calligraphy paintings as a gift to the guests. Shiseido wanted their guests to experience the richness of Japanese culture through this event.
NEW YORK, NY
— ON LOVE — The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols
Until Sunday 4/29
Friday 4/20, 12:30PM: Calligraphy Performance with artist Masako Inkyo
For this calligraphy performance she painted a very large artwork on the floor in a vertical direction, with the characters reading from the top to the bottom of the paper.
In keeping with the theme “On Love” I have chosen eight related words.
I had a calligraphy performance at the UN in a collaborative event with Sahoko Sato Timpone ( Mezzo-Soprano ) on Friday, June 16, at 1-3pm. This was the third event of “Peace is … ” and I selected the words “Peace is Unity “.
Part I: Waves (Blue Ink) Kana style
– Classical Japanese poem evoking images of ocean waves
Part II: Flow (Black Ink) Contemporary style
– Various kanji representing different aspects of the sea: 波 ( Wave ), 流動 ( Flow ), 風 ( Wind ),光 ( Light ), 影 ( Shadow ), 希望( Hope ),源( Origin )
Part III: Light and Wind (Gold Ink) Manyogana
– from the classical Japanese anthology of One Hundred Poems, which expresses love with metaphors relating to nature.
Wave [Blue Ink] Kana Style
Flow [Black Ink] Contemporary Style
Light and Wind [Gold Ink] Manyogana
After the performance, guests wrote their messages of peace in their respective mother languages on Japanese “washi” paper and on stones/seashells which will be thrown onto the “paper ocean”.
I felt peace when I taught my first calligraphy class. There my student brought his grandmother, as the lesson was for her birthday. Since English was not a native language for either of us, our way of communicating was through calligraphy. She wanted to write ” love” for her grandson as a sign of appreciation. So I took her hand and guided her through the movements.
This is how I teach with unity and why it means peace to me.