Monthly Archives: January 2013

Quotation: Albert Einstein

“Play is the highest form of research.”

A woman teaching men

Don’t worry, this isn’t really a woman teaching men about geometry in the 14th century. She is merely the idealized personification of geometry — not a real woman. So it’s okay.

The personification of Geometry. British Library (c. 1309)

The personification of Geometry. British Library (c. 1309)

That’s enough layout and center punching for today

Layout for top and bottom mule block plates at UT Scenic Studio.

Layout for top and bottom mule block plates at UT Scenic Studio.

English Literature and Flemish Painting

This Christmas my wife received a really nice book from my parents titled, Bird-Watcher’s Bible published by National Geographic. We were thumbing through it the other day and came upon a painting similar to the one below. I was immediately attracted to the comically diverse flock. Chaucer’s poem that inspired the painting is titled, “Parlement of Foules.” And he writes:

Therewith a wind, scarcely it might be less,
Made in the leaves green a noise soft
Accordant to the fowls’ song aloft.

It seems unlikely that the song is “soft” owing to the paucity of song birds depicted below. What a racket. And what a mess they will leave behind.

The Parliament of Birds by Carl Wilhelm de Hamilton (1668-1754).

The Parliament of Birds by Carl Wilhelm de Hamilton (1668-1754).

Hasan Celebi: Love the art

from nicolafayerichards.blogspot.com

from nicolafayerichards.blogspot.com

“The first requirement is to love the art. Love comes before skill. If someone doesn’t desire khatt [calligraphy] they will not succeed. Today, I can’t write the Latin alphabet as my hand shakes too much. When I try to read a book, I can’t read more than 15 pages without falling asleep. But with khatt, my hand stays steady and there are times when I can study the art ten hours or more without lifting my head. Because I love it. It is also necessary to have patience, a good teaching and a good working environment. It is important to be writing everyday, especially when you’re a beginner. I tell my students they must put in 30 hours a day!” ~ Hasan Celebi

Quotation from calligraphyqalam.com