Japanese Calligraphy: Displays in the Lakes and Edinburgh

Kimono clad woman at table with organ behind. Japanese calligrapher Ransetsu giving a demonstration of her art in
St. John's Church, Edinburgh
Trees with benches, table and building. Trees and seats at the rear of the Wordsworth Museum
(the photographer's bag making an appearance)
The last page introduced Japanese calligraphy as seen in the English Lake District. This page offers photographs of two demonstrations of the art, one in Wordsworth's Cottage, Grasmere, and the other in St. John's Church, Edinburgh. For the former the artist used texts from Wordsworth's writing, and for the latter she, and the Islamic artist Jila Peacock, used words of Robert Burns. Below the pictures start with the setting of a treed and stone landscape and move to the city. The next Picture Posting page will then move to a decidedly stranger exhibition of
calligraphy in Hà Nội.
Stone building with wooden panels, man standing. Michael McGregor, the director of the Wordsworth Trust... Man standing  in area with plain stone walls. ...leading the way into the unadorned stone building Two men on either side of kimono clad woman, books behind. Ransetsu posing for cameras during the demonstration Kimono clad woman with paintbrush starting to write, woman  pbhotographing her. Cameras were much in evidence during the display Hand holding down paper and hand writing with brush. The brush moves towards her right, leaning in the direction it is going Hand holding down paper and hand writing with brush. ...now the brush comes upright and the bristles turn towards the camera... Hand holding down paper and hand writing with brush. ...the turn completed; the brush is about to lift up Five people in line each holding large sheet of paper with a character on it. Attendees hold up the characters Ransetsu has written during the display Six characters on large sheets of paper laid on table. More of her work is laid out Five people looking at a large piece of paper with character held up by woman in kimono. This example well illustrates the way Japanese calligraphy moves away from its Chinese counterpart. The original Chinese character has lost its constituent elements... Woman in kimono holding up large sheet of paper with character on it. ...with the sharpness of the original line becoming a soft smooth, almost continuous, modulated mark Man and woman in kimono, holding up mounted character. A traditional Chinese character being held up for photographs by Ransetsu and her host Tom Mitchell Six framed characters handing on wall. On the way to the Edinburgh demonstration, Ransetsu fitted in a small exhibition at the Select (the electrical contracting industry's trade body) headquarters on Bush Estate, south of Edinburgh Eight framed characters hanging on wall. Examples show a range from recognisable to abstract forms Church with road stretching away beside it. Above, St. John's Episcopal Church stands at the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road, it has a shop of 'third world' trading, and facilities for exhibitions. To the right, a family who came from Japan to support Ransetsu during her displays Japanese couple with younger man standing at church door by poster. Woman in kimono at microphone in front of audience in church. Ransetsu giving a short talk before her demonstration within a church
- an almost surreal contrast
Empty room with white wall and stacked chairs. The exhibition space, before... Room with line of pictures on while wall and people milling. ...and during the exhibition Ransetsu at work in the church demonstration Room busy with people, exhibits in background. The empty room has the exhibits hung, and
an 'opening' gets underway
Long table with places set, and people down either side. All those involved, Ransetsu is with Jila, having lunch in the Chambers Street Museum One of the sets of three panels from the exhibition

Three hung panels: left Japanese calligraphy, centre sheet of music, right Persian writing.
Japanese calligraphy by the Japanese artist Ransetsu which extrapolates from Burns' poem - the character is based on Deer (Shika) The music for Burns' poem "My Heart is in the Highlands" An Islamic rendering by the Iranian artist Jila Peacock of the idea akin to - My heart is chasing the deer

Trailers... Man with torso and face covered in characters. The next Picture Posting page offers photos from a rather different calligraphy demonstration - in Hà Nội. Skeletal cyclist construction in woods. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Skeletal Worlds'.
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