Ewan Clayton, a calligrapher, former monk, erstwhile consultant to Xerox and Professor in design at the University of Sunderland, will be talking at 1800 (that’s 6 pm to us Americans) at Birmingham City University, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD. Book your free ticket here.
Why might you want to? Ewan Clayton grew up near the village of Ditchling, Sussex, home to the calligrapher Edward Johnston. His family worked as weavers in the Guild of craftsmen on Ditchling Common founded by Eric Gill in 1921. Ewan was the last member to join the Guild before it closed in 1988. He trained as a calligrapher at the Roehampton Institute with Ann Camp and subsequently assisted her with the teaching there. For a few years in the mid 1980’s Ewan lived as a Benedictine monk at Worth Abbey in Sussex. After leaving the monastery he was hired as a consultant to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Laboratory (PARC). Today Ewan is Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland where he co-directs their International Calligraphy Research Centre. In 2013 he was named Craft Champion of the year for his contribution to educating others in the Crafts in the first National Craft Skills Awards. I’m not sure what he’ll talk about, but anybody who goes from a monastery to Xerox PARC should have some interesting stories. Put him into Google Images, and you’ll see a lot of lovely calligraphy.