Calligraphy and Drawings by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, CA, 2013
5.5 x 7.5 inches, 24 pages
This is the most recent monthly book. The drawings were all made in the mornings in San Francisco's Cafe Puccini. During the month in my studio I was working on a book containing three poems; one by David Annwn, one by Ezra Pound, and the third by Li Po, a famous Chinese poet/calligrapher who lived in the 700's. David's poem ties the three poets together. Li Po's poem, Going Up to Sun Terrace, was originally written by his own hand in Kanji characters. I was trying many ways of reproducing the characters and this included their introduction in the daily pages with the drawings. The forms, sometimes shaded to give them dimension, eventually evolved into working the same way with letters of the Western alphabet. As is always the case, the pages evolved during the month. This time, each day's work became more complex, with overlapping faces and letters.