The Lowly Ruling Pen

The Lowly Ruling Pen

The Lowly Ruling Pen Calligraphy. Letter forms. Asemic Writing. All reference the writing implement. I like tools of the trade. I especially like the wide variety of writing tools that calligraphers use. One tool I have been exploring is the lowly ruling pen. This drawing tool comes from the engineer/drafters who used these simple prongs to ink their drawings. They provide very fine lines with very consistent and adjustable widths. It took talent and time to use one. They were eventually replaced by the technical pen and then the plotter, and today with the digital print head. When I taught in a junior college, I made sure every student of mine had a standard ruling pen in their kit. I then gave my students a quick lesson in its use. I was using Wusious Wong's 2D design book. We worked our way through the "contrasts." One way to get very...
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My studio is named after the way I make pottery – using your thumbs and pinching forms. I have a section where you can see exactly what that means. The name also represents the way I like to work out designs for people – putting simple elements together striving for simplicity. Lastly, as an educator, I understand that everyone feels they are “all thumbs” when they embark on learning a new skill. I try to keep this humor and fresh awkwardness alive in my work. It reminds me to see projects as learning experieinces where excitement lies in what is always new.

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