Sunday, May 19, 2019

Stained glass de-structured

My first version of stained glass engraved in the slate having been very popular (once shown to the public, it was only 3 days in my company before someone bought it), I decided to make another one, more ambitious and this time using the same method as for the backrest of my seat, ie, by de-structuring the stained glass pattern.
Here is a draft in progress on paper, the concept seems valid to me, all that remains is to engrave the slate.

It took me more than a year to make the first one, this one is three times bigger, you will have to wait a long time before you see the outcome :-)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

New course in the workshop

It has been too long since I offered an internship in my studio, so I invite you to join me for a course on a 9th century script from a manuscript from Landévennec Abbey over 2 days, followed by an introduction to Celtic decoration.

All this will take place from August 3 to 5, 2019, possibility to do only the two days of calligraphy if you are only available on weekends.
The price is 50€ per day, 100€ for calligraphy and 150€ if you also want to acquire the basics of Celtic decoration.
For more information and to book, please contact me by email or phone, all my contact details are available on the contact page of my website.

Monday, May 13, 2019

ten-hand game

This weekend was the installation and opening of the exhibition in Sarlat with Alyssia Banon, Julien Breton, Stéphane Alfonsi and myself.
On Saturday, we sat around a table and let ourselves go to mix our worlds, with the contribution of Emmanuel Spaeth who had come to visit us and the kind help of Mathieu Bureau.
At the end of the day, here is the result....

To see the real works of each of them, you have to go to the Sarlat cultural centre

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

recto vs verso

A new poem by Guillevic.
And to materialize the general idea, I folded a corner of the paper to show a piece of the back.

For those who would ask themselves the question, no, I didn't make filigrees on the whole back, only on the corner that we see:-)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Amor vincit omnia

Love overcomes everything
Virgil said it (not exactly in this form), I hope it's true.
In the meantime, a little monogram for friends who are going through difficult times.

I stay on letters about 2cm high, mixture of walnut stain and iron gall ink, the heart is gilded with gold leaf, the filigrees are done with iron gall ink.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Embossing & stained glass pattern

Finally something other than filigrees on this blog!

I invented a rather unstructured stained glass pattern that I embossed to accompany a text. I'm not saying any more at the moment, the work is far from over.

Sunday, April 28, 2019


I can't get out of it.
I barely realized a few letters when they were bought or booked. I'm not complaining, let's be clear, but at this rate, I'll never have a complete alphabet to show!

This is the delivery of the day:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


I continue the warm-ups, more little initials....

And if you get tired of it, make sure you know it's not over yet ;-)

Friday, April 19, 2019


New little initials, just to regain taste and dexterity before relaunching myself into larger projects.

These patterns (and many others) will be taught during my course at the 38th International Calligraphy Congress of North America to be held this year in Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Oblique moon

After a few weeks of doubts, failures and trial and errors, I finally composed a new calligraphy on a text by Guillevic.
I deliver it to you very hot out of the workshop, even if the subject is quite cold ;-)

as in the first composition, it was made from walnut stain and iron gall ink, this time with a few gold-leaf dots to lighten and warm up the subject.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

From lines to lines

On May 4 & 5, I will exhibit at the Chapelle Saint-Ourzal in Porspoder.
In addition to my calligraphy, I will also exhibit my photos.
The exhibition takes place from 2pm to 5pm on both days and I will be there to scribble a little, just to show what can be done with a little ink and a few nibs :-)

I hope that many of you will come to see me:-)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nothing is impossible

A friend of mine, an artisanal & organic baker, gave me a piece of charred bread from her oven.
To thank her, I asked her if she had a quote to submit to me and she chose Mark Twain.
I crushed, first dry and then with a mixture of gum and water, the charcoal and I did this:

Monday, April 8, 2019


After a first course given in French and English (with an Italian translator to complete the picture) in MiroModo, Italy this winter and, in anticipation of other courses of the same type, I decided to compose small panels to identify the preferred language of the trainees I am addressing.
As I only speak French and English, it's not too difficult to do, here are the first copies.

the reproductions (no, I didn't compose each copy manually) are less good but still usable, so that you can better distinguish the patterns, here is a better quality version of each side.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

blue K

Back from Belgium where I spent an excellent time teaching courses on Celtic decoration, I return to another obsessive practice... the filigrees of course!

A little K to thank a friend for her help.

The letter is about 3.5cm high and is made with a blend of Prussian blue and cobalt blue.

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Because even if she knows it, we can never repeat it enough, a small steel etching for my wife.

Monday, March 18, 2019


 That's it, I've finished inking the white vine.
The letters are in walnut stain, the colours of the vine are made with watercolour earth.

And for those who do not speak German, this term refers to the feeling of harmony with nature experienced when walking alone in the forest.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Series of failures

Well, Guillevic inspires me a lot but I keep screwing up my compositions.
So I started another project with a white vine with autumnal hues.

It's not over yet, but it's taking shape.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The night

Second item (to be reviewed because I'm not totally satisfied) of my new series of poems by Guillevic.

and it's true, no one will ever be able to match Nyx.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

the nightingale

First item in a new series dedicated to the poet Guillevic, a series I was already mentioning here.
A reworked NEULAND and filigrees, all with walnut stain and iron gall ink.
This poem is taken from the collection entitled Paroi.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ready at last !

I have just finished the course certificates for Turin, only have to get on the plane and, this weekend, I will teach the filigrees in MiroModo.

I can't wait to get there!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Yummy shortbread

The first shortbreads made with buckwheat came out of the oven at Escopty's farm (it is in Coat-Méal, and they are on the market in Saint-Renan on Saturday morning and on Wednesday afternoon in Milizac, both being small towns in France, sorry if you're not in the neighbourhood)
With the careful care and expertise of Anne, the baker, this is what a buckwheat shortbread stamped with my apple tree stamp looks like

In addition to being pretty pretty, they are absolutely delicious: -p

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Draft of happiness

I have already told you many times about Guillevic, a 20th century Breton poet and a wonderful goldsmith of words.
I read & reread more collections of his poems and decided to make a new calligraphy series.

Unlike the first ones, which were circular with a humanistic script, this time I go on NEULAND reinterpreted in square formats.
Here is  a fragment of a first draft (with a blurry photo and a wet ink) until I have something better to show.

And I invite you to take these two verses as your motto, as for me I will try to do it.
An approximate translation would be: "you don't have to be happy, but you can try"

Saturday, February 9, 2019


More small letters waiting for the varnish to dry on another composition that has nothing to do with it.

Always filigrees, walnut stain and iron gall ink.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


A few more initials with filigrees. As usual, made with walnut stain & ferro-gallic ink. & as usual, the letters are about 2 cm high

Friday, February 1, 2019


A rotten joke (I don't know how to make others), to be used as a wall lamp in my toilet.

Embossing on varnished handmade paper on a typeface model inspired by the IMPACT font.

I show you several different versions because, depending on the light, the result is really different.

The ends of the wall lamp are made of sanded and varnished cigarillo boxes.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

ABC etc

Completion of a small commission, the beginning of a alphabet book.

walnut stain and iron gall ink, the letters are about 2cm high.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Breton apple tree

In order to make stamps to stamp cookies for a baker friend, I took a branch of an old apple tree out of my garden, carefully dried for a few years.
She wanted a triskell & an ermine, the branches having two ends, I engraved the patterns on the same piece of wood.

and just so that you have an idea of the size of the patterns (4cm in diameter) and the depth of the engraving (1cm), a small bias photo

The bad news is that my dremmel (which would have allowed me to do this in 1 hour) is seized and so I did everything with manual gouges.
The good news is that I only cut myself twice, I'm making a lot of progress in wood engraving: -D

Friday, January 18, 2019

B as in Bird

This is probably a little letter from the book of Kells (I think), made more than 15 years ago (that's why the source is not very trustworthy), and it has been forgotten in a drawing board for more than ten years.
I didn't add the colors (in case you haven't noticed, color is not my thing) but it's probably pretty much in line with the original from a design point of view (& not color)).

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

...among the ghosts of dreams...

A short quote from Pascal Quignard to start the year. It is taken from his novel Les escaliers de Chambord.
Made with walnut stain on paper, the composition is 9cm wide and about 22cm high.

a detail from the beginning

a detail of the end

and the full version

And I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy 2019!