Loredana Zega
Ajdovscina, Slovenia

B39 — Big Scale – Big Heart Calligraphy
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Design, Lettering, Painting


The first days will be dedicated to practicing large-scale alphabets that students are already familiar with along with some new alphabets. Brush possibilities are going to be explored during these days. We will be using a dry brush technique that can be used for layering your design and creating a feeling of 3-dimensional space. Further along we will work on wall design ideas and make small sketches for a final project that will be realized on an outdoor mural space. This smaller design can also be used on plywood as a final piece. For indoor calligraphy exercises we will use gouache on large paper rolls and for outdoors we will paint with acrylics, which are lot more challenging to use. We will also write with a broom. And for the more adventurous, we will make a short performance in which we will paint a wall together in a performing choreography (no dance). This performance will be an after workshop activity—and I think it will be really fantastic!

Supply List

  • Basic calligraphy supplies plus
  • Gouache in different colors: 5 tubes minimum
  • Acrylics: 1 – 3 tubes of colors that you like (118 – 200 ml)
  • Good brushes; daVinci (green ones), some different sizes 1/2″ or larger Winsor & Newton series 995 flat brush
  • Larger size brushes: Liquitex freestyle brushes (I will have some with me), daVinci, Winsdor & Newton
  • Squared plastic pots
  • One sheet of plywood, any size you want and untreated; approximately 12″ x 16″
  • Some texts
  • A sponge
  • Pencils
  • Level, 9″ – 24″ long (the longer, the better)
  • 18″ inch ruler
  • Masking tape
  • A sheet of sandpaper 300 – 600 grit

Supply fee: $20 for large paper

loredana_zegaLoredana Zega is a devoted freelance calligrapher and an artist with a rich creative energy and a strong passion for work. As most children, she was fascinated by colors. When she was only nine she totally fell in love with letters and dance at the same time. When she was 15 her calligraphic torch was chosen from 400 entries and it was given to Pope John Paul II. After finishing high school in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, Loredana started to write exercise books for teaching calligraphy and opened her own calligraphy company at the age of 21. Through teaching she gained a lot of practical knowledge, but that wasn’t enough for her. She attended the master classes given by The Calligraphy Lettering Art Society (CLAS) in London and gained the National Diploma in Calligraphy in 2007.

For the last 10 years Loredana been working for many private clients and institutions such as the National Gallery and National Museum of Slovenia, creating and writing in medieval scripts, and demonstrating calligraphy throughout Slovenia. In 2010 she received a certificate for the most innovative 3D piece in The Art and the Letter exhibition in the British Library. She recently received a stipend from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

The last few years Loredana has been exploring new writing bases and tools, combining writing with music and dance. She attended some contemporary art, dance, and calligraphy master classes at home and abroad (Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom) which opened her mind and gave her a lot of new ideas for her work. She finally found a way to combine performance art with letters. With a professional colleague, Aleš Bajec, a videographer, they created a performance “Dance the Letters” which was repeated many times in the past three years. For one video, which is a part of the performance, they were awarded the first prize by Art University Nova Gorica in Slovenia. Presently, Loredana is occupied mostly with lighting projects in interior design and is passionate about wall inscriptions and writing on wood and glass.

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