16 February 2016

Taiwan 1/2/16-8/3/16 Types of Brush and Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Styles

 3 Types of Brush:
  • 100% Horse Hair
  • 70% Wolf + 30% Sheep Hair
  • 100% Wolf Hair

Official writing style (example 1)

 Different Writing Style (example 2)

I have been in Taiwan for a couple of weeks now helping my wife with her artist residency at Yingge Ceramics Museum. Unlike the last time I went when I just mainly focused on taking lots of photos of the built environment I have instead been trying to use the time to learn.

Recently I have been trying to understand different writing styles used in Taiwan and trying to learn for my self how to write some Chinese words like my name. Luckily I have had the help from my wife and my wife's mother who have been trying to teach me.

I have learnt that there are 7 Types of current Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Styles that started on paper, two examples are at the top of the page written from my wife's mother. There is an official writing style and that is mainly used for example if you are are student undergoing an exam or street signs or if you work for the government. Underneath the example of the official writing style you can see an example of a different style.

There is a lot to be learnt and at first glance I appreciated the different writing style (example 2) as I felt this captured emotion and energy from the person and the brush however this is not really a current trend at the moment. I realize Chinese Calligraphy is made up of tradition and rules that must be followed, so for example the form of the character to were the brush starts and were it ends, every aspect must be precise.

I think at first glance I was looking at calligraphy from a Weston eye, automatically judging what I believed to be good calligraphy however this all comes from my own taste, experiences and influences. I realize that to understand Traditional Chinese Calligraphy I must change my mind set and put aside Weston thought.