Asemic Writing – Abstract Calligraphy
Sunday, April 5th, noon - 4:00pm
Instructor: Alix Christian
Local artist Alix Christian characterizes her Asemic Writing class as something beyond calligraphy because it’s about writing that can’t be read. A strange concept, we know, but there is both logic and a rather complex history behind it. There’s even a publication called Asemics Magazine: Reports from that Wordless Territory Beyond the Borders of Language. Though asemic writing retains the lines and symbols of writing, it has no specific meaning. It is instead a hybrid form that fuses text and image into one. Think of it as conventional writing gone abstract. As with other abstract art forms, asemic writing is open to the subjective interpretation of the viewer. It can have zero meaning, infinite meanings, or its meaning can evolve over time with subsequent viewing. And it’s freeing and fun! Join Alix as she shows you different methods for creating this written language. There are so many ways to use it. Alix has plenty of examples to inspire you. You’ll leave the class with a small journal that’s filled with your own calligraphic voice in visual form.
Please bring the following optional materials:
- favorite permanent black pen, a pencil, and an eraser you like to use
- favorite watercolors and brush
- favorite colored pencils
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Alix Christian has been a tumbling tumble weed, always looking for new art adventures along the way. She grew up in Minnesota, earned a BFA in Oregon, began a graphic design career in Dallas, moved to Santa Fe to become a real artist, stayed until her money ran out, and then moved on to Amarillo where she completed an MFA and became a professor of Fine Art and Computer Graphics. She took a short jaunt to Detroit during the worst of the economic downturn (an eye-opening experience) and then. . . and then . . . landed in Colorado, where she hopes to stay for a very long time. Though now settled down Alix continues adventuring in her art. She’s played with fire to create encaustic paintings, liberally used her graphic design experience and love of type for creative art journaling, developed a distinctive style of lettering, played with layering and color in collage pieces, created 3D art with wire and rusty bits, distilled her drawings into simple lines, thrown herself into watercolors, and now focuses on largescale water medium paintings. She delights in teaching it all to others. Students can always expect a lot of laughter and fun in her classes, along with some serious attention to technique. Alix’s work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, in the north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. See Alix's work at alixchristian.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram @alixart.