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Gemma O'Brien - Experimental Lettering

After a few years of running lettering classes in Australia and around the world, I’ve been looking at new approaches to mix up the styles produced in my workshops. I wanted to create a class that diverted from traditional and calligraphic techniques, and focussed more on free-play with letterforms and experimentation with new and unconventional materials. I hosted the first Experimental Lettering workshop in Sydney at The Common Room a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to share the results! Participants created letterforms with a variety of new tools: sponges and doilies, paint and straws, plasticine, bundles of sticks with ink, and watercolours with eyedroppers. Everyone (including myself!)  got their hands dirty and came away with starting points for new projects and ideas. I’m looking forward to carrying across elements of this class to the upcoming Volcom School of Cool in New Zealand this May, as well as my New York workshop with the Art Directors Club next week.

Happy Lettering!

Gemma xx

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