A Research Centre for Calligraphy
A Research Centre for Calligraphy

Registered Charity No. 1099648


Pen to Printer 2003

The Edward Johnston Foundation presents its third international weekend seminar in the picturesque village of Ditchling a few miles north of the city of Brighton on the ‘sunny’ Sussex coast. Ditchling was the home of Edward Johnston, pioneer of the twentieth-century revival of calligraphy in this country, and for a time, of his great pupil, the sculptor and lettercarver Eric Gill.

The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of a public awareness of calligraphy, not only as an art form in its own right but also as the seed and reference point for many other lettering applications including modern typeface design. The Ditchling seminar brings together distinguished speakers and delegates from many lettering and associated disciplines to discuss in a convivial and stimulating atmosphere, issues of importance in today's rapidly changing world of communications.

The fee for the two-day Pen to Printer seminar remains the same as in previous years at 75 per person and is open to all. Booking is essential and may be done on-line by clicking on the link below. Alternatively a brochure and application form can be ordered by e-mail. Please contact the Foundation on 01273 844505 or e-mail for any further information or assistance.



Thank you for sending me the programme of the Pen To Printer seminar. I am determined not to miss it this time. Please find enclosed my application form and the cheque.

I look forward to visit Ditchling again and meet the same wonderful group of people.


M J London







7.30pm Guided tour of Ditchling Museum’s major exhibition ‘David Jones in Ditchling’ with co-curator Ewan Clayton



10.30am Coffee. Welcome from Gerald Fleuss, Chairman, The Edward Johnston Foundation

Chair: Peter Guy, typographer and book designer, Past President of the Double Crown Club, Past Chairman and current Honorary Secretary of the Wynkyn de Worde Society.

11.00am Introduction

Michael Harvey: Hans Tisdall: Lettering Artist & Typographic Inspiration


12.15pm Questions/Comments (chaired by Peter Guy)

12.30pm Lunch Break

1.45pm Coffee

2.00pm Andy Benedek: Calligraphic-style Fonts-Problems and Solutions in their Creation

3.15pm Sam Somerville: Modern Manuscript Gilding: Shedding New Light on Traditional Methods and Materials


4.30pm Discussion (chaired by Peter Guy)

5.00pm Conclusion

Optional visit to the John Skelton Workshop in the nearby village of Streat



10.30am Coffee

11.00am Brian Keeble: The Word: Archetype and Letterform


12noon Discussion (chaired by Peter Guy)


12.30pm Lunch Break


1.45pm Coffee

2.00pm Tom Perkins: And the Word Was Made Stone

3.15pm Eiichi Kono: New Johnston: making good things work better

4.30pm Discussion (chaired by Peter Guy)

5.00pm Conclusion