Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Last night I've discovered this poem insight this song (you may like the song or not) is Spanish, but the words are incredible, using the metaphor of the dessert, the sea, the stars, and the eco sound of 300.000 pesetas, explains the suffering of the emigration, that does it by the sea, paying to the mafias a high amount of money for a non save trip.

What else wonderful to practice, to write something that you really like, and at the same time you can use it as an exercise to improve your writing, your calligraphy skills, in that case the batarde script.

I attach here the song (is in spanish, I don't feel brave enough to do the translation, you can do it using the translator) here's the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e18mLvwfzEA the poem starts at minute 3:15.

Petrolioa ere etorkina da,
baina hauxe ez da pateran iritsi.
Giza-baloreen burtsan kotizatzen ez dutenak zer?

Hay un abismo donde habia un estrecho.

Gasolindegi argitan,
irrifarreak iragarkitan.
Hilotzak hotzak hondartzan
ahazturaren ilargitan.

Itsas-artean heriotz zuloa.

300.000 pesetas

lo que es tierra fue mar en el desierto que bosque fue
nosotros islas vagabundas
en un mar que ya no es libre
vándalos entre los desechos de Al-Andalus.

300.000 pesetas

no quiero morir sin haber vivido
llegar lo más lejos que me sea posible y mirar;
eso quiero, mirar hacia delante...
las estrellas nacen en el corazón del desierto
el sol me lo enseñó
camino del Jebel Sahro
el tesoro está escondido tras los ojos de un niño

300.000 pesetas

no veré como desaparecen las ovejas
ni estaré allí cuando para siempre no llueva
mírame hombre blanco, míralo todo
y entierra tus armas de fuego en el sereno silencio
del gran bosque de la noche

no es la primera vez que hago este viaje.
nunca es igual.
quería que mis hermanos me viesen.
ellos también pueden intentarlo.

dios no escucha todo el tiempo.
dios también duerme
y su sueño es nuestro olvido, nuestra libertad

300.000 pesetas

el viento nos llevará cuando seamos olas
no queda ninguna razón para matar
todas han muerto
moriremos en el mar porque del mar venimos
alguien las encuentra siempre y nacen de nuevo

no soy nadie. mi voz no escribe

en nuestro corto viaje ni siquiera hemos aprendido
a salir de casa.

300.000 pesetas

el estrecho se hace gigante.
el ruido del motor parece querer ahogar
todos los pensamientos...sólo consigue mecerlos
sobre el oscuro horizonte.
en permanente huida merodeamos
(como islas vagabundas)
trozos de un naufragio en las ciudades sin sueño

luces en la noche
reflejos azules sobre las aguas negras
estamos perdidos en cualquier lugar
nuestros nombres perdieron su sentido

luces en la noche
la costa está cerca
la costa nunca llega
seré fuerte hasta que llegue mi momento
ahora sé algo sobre la vida en ese lado
hay más estrechos haciéndose abismales
somos tan pequeños... como los granos de arena del desierto,
del desierto que fue mar

Alhucemas - El Morche...
Tánger - Algeciras...
Tirana - Bari...
La Habana - Miami...
Belgrado - Berlin...
El Paso - Las Cruces...
Grozni - Beirut...
Nogales - Tucson...
Dut - Petrolia ere

Hasta la proxima!

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Monday, 29 October 2012

l'Oltre l'Ade / Memento Mori


I had a "break" on my batarde studies, setting up the event of "l'Oltre l'Ade" with Luca Bedino, a great friend, Paleographer and the archivist of the Historic Archive of Fossano.  If I'm writing about that, I could say, that is thanks him.

I said a break with the batarde, actually yes during this week, but I had a performance for this event, two, one inside a church, and the other one at the Castle of Alcaia, where I did use the batarde script, using a proper quill that I cutted for the event (lucky me, that it worked) and the quill worked well.


I set up a ruled up paper, to leave above the paper to write, to follow the lanes, but actually I couldn't see the lanes, so I gave up and just I kept writing, and not bad the result, as my teacher Ewan Clayton told me once, - a good calligrapher has to be avaiable to write without lanes - At the beggining I did not felt save writing without lanes, but then just allowed myself to keep going and happy about that! and also happy with the result of the batarda script, for first time I saw that this batarde had the same feeling as the manuscripts I've been studying, maybe is because I wrote it, without lanes and this helped to "destroy" the perfection.

Here some other pictures of the performance, look how I was dressed!


Sharping the quill, the last cut!

At the curch (Now I can say that I've been writing where the priest does the function)

Those were some pictures that I could pick up from the event, and here I show you some other pictures about work that I did for the event.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Vanitas Vanitatum Omnium Vanitas, this was above the "death" but I had no chance to take the picture, now is above this wonderful head ;)

The explanation of the performance, was called Memento Mori
And well, that's all for now, today I've been cleaning all the event, and tomorrow... I'll continue with the batarde script!

Ci vediamo!

Carles Gonzalez, Tre Calligraphy from Fossano!

Friday, 19 October 2012


After some days struggling with some other documents of Batarde Script, most of them written really fast, and getting really confused, because, each scribe did it as they pleased to do it. (that's the beauty of any script called Batarde is not like this is not like that). I did some trials, trying to write fast, actually some good forms showed up, looking forward to apply this on my personal work.

As I was saying, I decided to just keep writing, I did a book A4 size and I've been writing, today Friday I've finish it (just 10 pages) and starting an another one for the following week. For this week I've choosed a text of Eduardo Galeano, called THE RIGHT TO DREAM. once I finish to write that, I guess that I will continue with Eduardo Galeano, I like his words.

During this week also I've been applying some Batarde script on a box, for the even of the 27th of October, where I will also perform, I'll post the pictures after the event, once everything is finished and placed.

I attach the pictures of the first "book" and some samples of "my free gestural batarde" and the first page of Eduardo Galeano that I've just just finished to write.

Have a nice weekend! Tomorrow the calligraphy course, which I'll have 5 new students! Seems that they enjoyed the first lesson and they are going to bring some friends at the course!

Ci vediamo!

The Detail of the page of Eduardo Galeano

On the left side the book of this week, and on the right side the page of Eduardo Galeano

text of Eduardo Galeano


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Well... Is good to be formal, and follow everything step by step.

Yesterday it wasn't a good day, and like I love to do, is just allow my self to do it free, and here's the result. a "free gestual batarde" and a "formal batarde"

It was a horrible day, even I had problems to make the ink flow. was a metal nib.

Today with a proper quill.

All the best.


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Friday, 12 October 2012

The beauty and the mess of the Batarde.


The Batarde script, actually better to say, the Batarde handwriting, all documents I've seen are different, first I attached to one "formal" writing, the one I've learnt the proprieties of this handwriting, the writing was very constant. (last post). But now that I'm looking forward at more handwriting Batarde scripts, some are written straight, and not with a -30 degrees of slant, and now seems to be straight, some endings of S,F and s at then en of word sometimes finish with a dot, sometimes straight, sometimes oval, and like the early writings with a stroke, like if it was a flag. who knows, the scribe liked to have fun while was writing or it depends how they felt! who knows there are no videos on youtube of them.


Is a wonderful script to write, and has a lovely composition, lovely for read.

In my opinion is an honest script, has all the beauty without make-up.


And tomorrow starts the calligraphy course that I'm going to do here in Fossano, I hope that the students will enjoy the class, I'll try my best. as usual.

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And here I show you on this picture all my trials, all done with metal nib, I brought the quills back and well, what to say, with a quill is much much better!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

La Batarde

La Batarde,

A wonderful script, and non well know script which I think it's very personal and unique for any of the scribes who used to do it, all the documents I've seen until now in a period of 100 years. from 1405 till 1498. All have the same feeling, the same "letter form" but all with a different personality. Of course the early writing are a bit close to the Gothic and with the past of the years La Batarde becomes more Batarde losing the familiarity with any Gothic script.

A quick script, and wonderful to write, this is just the beginning, the first samples after I've been doing all the analysis of one concrete letter, sent by Philipus dux di Savoia, dated from 1497 approx. If I am not wrong.

Next step is try to write this script more freely, letting the flow to connect each letter, trying to write as a normal "handwriting" like they used to do.