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Who's afraid of Rudolf Koch?

  • October 16, 2021
  • (PDT)
  • October 17, 2021
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • October 16, 2021, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 17, 2021, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom - online

Presenter: Andrea Wunderlich


Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

About the workshop: You might already be a big fan of gothic and blackletter, but it happened to me that I didn't like Rudolf Koch's gothic work when I first saw it many years ago at the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach. I was especially shocked by his very expressive works and couldn´t believe that he is the same person who also designed famous typefaces like the Maximilian or the Wilhelm-Klingspor type. So, yes - I´ve been afraid of him. But I also believe that the study of gothic and blackletter is very important for every calligrapher and person in love with letters. So, I began with my own research on Rudolf Koch as a person, lettering artist and craftsman. Come with me on a journey during which you learn more about the character of Rudolf and his ideas and thoughts, have a closer look at his career and work and after all, let all this be an inspiration for your own thoughts, ideas and work. We will go step-by-step through his instructions on blackletter-forms, look at some of his typefaces and then analyse his expressive gothic writing. All the new things you discover will flow into your own work. This is meant to be a trip into your own contemporary approach to gothic and blackletter. 

About Andrea: Andrea Wunderlich is a freelance calligrapher & book artist from Germany. She's working on commissions on a wide field of sign-painting, lettering, logo-design and murals. In her free artwork she loves to follow the historic paths of alphabets and enjoys expressive transformation into the contemporary. Her art is shown both nationally and worldwide and is part of private and public collections like the Berlin calligraphy collection, the Center of Book Arts, San Francisco and the Int. Museum for Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow. She is a member of German societies ars scribendi and Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach (board member), CLAS fellow (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society), full member of LX (Letter Exchange) in London and member of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco. www.andreawunderlich.com / instagram: wunderliche_welt

Workshop will be recorded and available to registered participants for one month.

Level: all, basic skills with broad edge pen is required

Cost: $85 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

Questions? Contact Alessandra Kawakubo at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  


Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your payment should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

Please make  check payable to IE-PV SfC and mail to Alessandra Kawakubo 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check  in the envelope. Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  

NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

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