Celia is a very committed and hard working artist. I say artist rather than calligrapher because she expresses herself in a style worthy of the title of ‘fine art’ and she has been exploring her environment with her calligraphic paintings. Her new series are food paintings / recipes like the one below.
At her stand at Art in Action there are her little “signature” concertina books – beautifully designed and made. She demonstrated her fluid ruling pen writing and some hand painted cards.
I’m going to crib her clever display method – you know how it’s always difficult to hang saucepan hooks or framing hooks over display boards because they never fit well and the paintings seem to sway around. Well, Celia’s portable hanging system is to have those little screw clamps to hold invisible fishing line. very smart – you could patent that, Celia!
One of the things we chatted about was the importance of having a ‘calligraphic identity’ and a ‘body of work’ that shows cohesiveness. This is so difficult to achieve because in our training (UK) the aim seems to be to gain as many styles of calligraphy and skills as possible and to be a “Jack of all trades” (See my rant in mid-June about choosing a direction). I actually find this really difficult despite my belief, because I get restless and want to do different things. However, I try to ensure that most of my major artworks are a series of at least 12 pieces, before moving on.
Celia Lister always has such a fresh immaculate image at her stand. Her colours are lined up neatly, The display boards are covered in white muslin with a panel of soft yellow silk and sparkly bits of colour. Such understated Elegance!