Binary Oppositions and Calligraphy

As part of my research into the possibilities of East – West cultural exchange in written language I have been investigating the different ways binary oppositions are conceived in Eastern and Western thought (see my previous post on the Tai Chi diagram). This idea of interconnected opposites is particularly important to Daoism, which has formed... Continue Reading →


The Tai Chi diagram (Yin Yang symbol).

During the course of my research into performance and language I have been investigating the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western conceptions of difference, particularly in its clearest expression - binary opposition (black / white, presence / absence, etc.). In the East binary oppositions are represented most famously in the Tai Chi diagram (Tai... Continue Reading →

Recent calligraphic practise

I have been concentrating on research recently but still practise calligraphy every night. Below are recent examples of zhuan shu (篆書) and Kai shu (楷書). I have also dabbled in Bangla calligraphy; I was taught by a Bangladeshi student in Wolverhampton.  And finally I have created some more asemic collages; similar to previous ones but... Continue Reading →

Pen Museum, Birmingham

On Sat 7th Jan 2017 my wife and I visited the Pen Museum in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. It's a small but fascinating museum containing traditional nib-making machinery, displays of pens, inks, quills, ornate inkwells and ink blotters, early typewriters and braille equipment... and a lot of nibs. The volunteer staff are friendly and full of... Continue Reading →

Bicycle Poem

I have been interested for a while in the interaction of different surfaces with calligraphic writing. In China calligraphy is traditionally found on objects as well as flat paper, so a variety of surface shapes and textures are interacted with; it may, for example, be found on fans, lanterns, ceramics and screens. By contrast Western... Continue Reading →

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