The Edward Johnston Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of public awareness of calligraphy, not only as an art form in its own right but also as the seed and reference point for many other lettering disciplines including modern typeface design. It is based at The Barn, Park Farm, Wivelsfield Green near Ditchling, East Sussex. Ditchling is the former home of Edward Johnston and birthplace of the modern revival of calligraphy.
“Nobody had such a lasting effect on the revival of contemporary writing as Edward Johnston. He paved the way for all lettering artists of the twentieth century and ultimately they owe their success to him”.HERMANN ZAPF
Demonstrations in lettering and calligraphy at the EJF Annual Ditchling Seminar 2013 by Tom Perkins, Gaynor Goffe, Seb Lester, Gareth Colgan, John Nash and Gerald Fleuss.
'Susan Hufton is a calligrapher specialising in painted lettering on cloth. Here she describes the importance of a full understanding of Edward Johnston's basic theories of letterform in acheiving freedom in her work.
Lettercarver Tom Perkins describes his approach to commissioned work and how his knowledge and practice of calligraphy from the principles established by Edward Johnston have impacted on his carved lettering
Michael Harvey, Type Designer and Lettering Artist in stone, wood and other media, talks about his career in lettering and the influence of Edward Johnston and Eric Gill on his work.
Sumner Stone, Type Designer and former Type Director of Adobe Systems Inc. describes the influence of Edward Johnston on twentieth-century typeface design.
The annual Pen to Printer seminars bring together distinguished speakers and delegates from many lettering and associated disciplines to discuss in a convivial atmosphere issues of importance in today's rapidly-changing world of communications.
The Thirteenth Annual International Ditchling Seminar ran from Friday 4th April to Sunday 6th April 2014
Full programme here: www.ejf.org.uk/pentoprinter2014.html
An article by Gareth Colgan for the US magazine Letter Arts Review Vol 18 No 4 2003. (2.6MB PDF)
The Edward Johnston Foundation regularly publishes research and technical articles and papers a selection of which is
included on this site.
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