|The Wabisabi cultural centre San Ginesio, Le Marche Italy.|
As admirers of the graceful art of calligraphy (we have several banners hanging around our home,) we were quick to accept the invite to attend a Japanese calligraphy and painting workshop at the Wabisabi Cultural Centre in San Ginesio. Two authentic Japanese masters introduced us to a fusion of alternate styles; Pictorial Shodo inspired by nature and Sume-i traditional script calligraphy. When we experimented with painting our names we realised that all 6 women in the group were called Sarah, the female contingent felt there must be some meaning to this but we couldn't figure out what that was....(Idries unhelpfully suggested it meant it was a very common name). From the initial exercise of creating our own ink by blending water with an ink stick onto a stone block, to the brush-work itself, the whole process was deeply relaxing. Our teachers explained that the process was a Zen practice in which we were encouraged not to 'think' too much about but just to 'do'. 3 hours has never gone so quickly.
|The master at work.|
|Is Idries thinking too much?|
|One of the many Sarah's trying her hand at Japanese script|
|Sarah getting inspiration for her brushwork.|
|Some of the results of the workshop with|
a proud new owner. Yes! we framed it