Beautiful writing. That’s the literal translation of calligraphy. And looking at Ink + Paper‘s work, that description is just about as accurate as you can get. I was able to witness sixteen participants try their hand at calligraphy and even though you know how to do things, even though you’ve already received instruction, nothing compares to holding the pen and writing your very first word in parchment. It really is something that doesn’t come naturally. After all, calligraphy is known as “slow writing”. And, being the artform that it truly is, it really does necessitate the kind of slowness that is required by the arts.

If there was anything that I would remember Ashley saying, it’s that you really need to practice every day. More than any skill, calligraphy is an art form and as with all art forms, the discipline of doing something day in and day out is a pre-requisite.

All art forms teach the artist something. Drawing might highlight anatomy and the wonders of the human body, architecture could very well espouse order and structure, sculpting might teach the importance of proportion, wood carving might focus on attention to detail and photography might focus on light and shadow.

But calligraphy, it teaches something intangible: patience and perseverance. It teaches the artist–especially the beginner–to wait and keep at it. It teaches those who want to learn it that there are no shortcuts to creating something beautiful. That there is no dabbling in it or wading in the shoreline.

Sometimes, you just have to dive into something and be immersed in it in order to experience everything it has to offer.

Venue: The Royal Picadilly

Workshop by: Ink + Paper