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codici 1 by Thomas Ingmire

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Foreword to the book:
A Forum for the Artist, Calligrapher,and Typographer.
This project is the result of several years of rumination, research, and discussions with various colleagues. Perhaps the most important person in this process is Professor Manfredo Massironi of the University of Verona in Italy. We first met as jurors in 1997 for the International Calligraphy Exhibition, Belle Lettere, which was held in Cittadella, Italy. Professor Massironi's field is visual psychology and one of his interests is in the meeting point between the visual and verbal languages. Since our initial meeting we have conducted an ongoing, engaging dialogue on the emergence of calligraphy as a kind of language research. l have found these discussions extremely provocative as well as inspiring in the context of both my teaching and my personal art work.

At the heart of this project is the desire to give Professor Massironi's words greater visibility to the community of calligraphers, typographers, and artists who are interested in visual language explorations. I have settled on the idea of a "notebook" series, entitled codicil, as the vehicle. Codici is the Italian word for codes. The word in many ways is descriptive of the contemporary calligraphy research that places emphasis on the visual rather than the verbal message. In much of contemporary calligraphy, the verbal message of a work is generally difficult, or seemingly impossible, to read, making "legibility" in the context of traditional calligraphy or typography a perplexing and controversial issue. Such works, if discovered by future generations, would probably be looked upon as secret codes of the 21st century. Even today they are like codes to most viewers. They hold a message, but what is it? Can the message be discovered or deciphered, or only felt?

codici 1 will explore the many issues related to modern calligraphy research. In addition to input by Professor Massironi and others, works by individuals and students who are actively pursuing new directions in calligraphy will be shown and discussed. This first notebook draws primarily from my teaching of a program titled "Moving Towards a 21st-Century Calligraphy." It presents the assignments, support materials, the works created by the students, as well as images and brief discussions of my own recent works that relate to the program.

The undertaking of this project would not be possible without all of the patience and hard work of my students. Teaching, for me, is a collaboration that feeds not only my creative spirit, but virtually every aspect of my life. l am forever challenged by my students and grateful that they have given me the opportunity to share my interests with them.

Booksellers comments
The book's sub-title is ďa teacherís notebook on modern calligraphy and lettering artĒ and it contains:
  • A 10 page illustrated essay from Manfredo Massironi entitled The Pleasure of showing and looking at words.
  • A 28 page illustrated essay entitled Moving Forward a 21st-Century Calligraphy - an introductory argument.
  • Word as Image: an assessment of a work by Christian Dotremont
  • The Calligraphic Line: a look at some of Hans-Joachim Burgertís ideas on calligraphy
  • The Ditchling Commission: The Space of Writing: Calligraphic
  • Experiments by Thomas Ingmire.


This is a 64 page collection of some superb work by outstanding calligraphers.

Please note: You may notice references to follow-on publications in the series but sadly they did not come to fruition.


1st edition, 2003, paperback, 64pp, stuffed with monochrome photos of stunning calligraphic pieces.


codici 1 by Thomas Ingmire
£20.00 EUR 24.66