Rosalind Wyatt trained in Calligraphy and Bookbinding at Roehampton, before she went onto study mixed media Textiles at The Royal College of Art. Calligraphy commissions include working for PR, film and TV, interiors and fashion. She recently completed a calligraphic hand bound book for The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.Stitch commissions include luxury bespoke gifts for private clients from all around the world and she is currently working on two stitched garments for Fortnum & Masons of London. The latest garment to be completed was donated by Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence the murdered teenager and is called ‘A boy who loved to run’. She lectures, talks and teaches widely – including the V&A and delivered a paper for Cambridge University for the Text and Textile conference. She has been featured on BBC Radio several times and her work is published. Her art work continues to be shown in galleries and museums around the UK, Switzerland, USA and Japan.
2 Minute Interview:
How do your workshops at NOW Festival relate to being in the moment?
I first came across Zen brushwork at an exhibition at Oxford in 2003. It was one of those memorable ‘lightbulb’ moments which has led me to Japan to discover a living tradition. Now, Zen brushwork or Hitsuzendo is part of my life and artistic practice. Zen is an every minute practice of the now! You meet yourself again and again, through the brush (or the sword). You become one without knowing it. The brush is charged, the ink flows and a line is left! The line reveals everything.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Festival slot?
Sharing knowledge and meeting everyone.
Do you have any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshops at NOW Festival?
Bring yourself and an open mind! I learned Zen brushwork from the Zen master Terayama Tanchu and following his death, his closest student and my teacher, Sarah Moate, to whom I am so grateful. You can learn a lot from his book : Zen brushwork, Tanchu Terayama published by Kodansha.
At NOW Festival (Wilderness):
This will be a ‘taster’ session of Zen brushwork. This art form has been described as not being about ‘how to write beautifully’ but rather ‘how to be awakened through writing’. The emphasis of the workshop will be ‘mushin’, being totally engaged with the activity of writing with the whole body/mind in the ‘here and now’. There will be an introduction to Yo-Ki-Ho (Ki raising exercise) Zazen (Zen meditation) and Hitsuzendo (Zen Calligraphy).