Thursday, May 6, 2010

Calligraphy made to measure

Ever since we saw a little exhibit inside the Big Buddha with beautiful calligraphy paintings I had become a little obsessed with trying to find a nice piece of calligraphy to take home with me. I looked around quite a bit, but surprisingly (to me) I couldn't find anything in shops. The night we went to the Temple Street Markets I thought, surely I will find something here. I saw some prints, but nothing too exciting, until this one stall with a few big scrolls at the back of the stand. I found some calligraphy I quite liked (the image of the script), but I didn't like the paper itself - too motley for my liking. Anyway, the guy there turned out to not only be a vendor, but a calligraphy artist himself, so he offered to write me a fresh copy on a background of my choosing (off-white).
He was such a nice man, and so very thoughtful and precise. The saying translates to (apparently, Andrew, maybe a little help here if you can): A thousand mile journey begins with the first step.
I cannot wait to find a spot to hang this.
Here are the photos of the process. Enjoy:

And the finished piece.



  1. Hi Kat,
    Can't wait to go to Hong Kong. Your posts are really good, dont think we will be able to keep up with them on our trip...will be enough keeping up with a 17 month old baby i think!
    Well off to annies for lunch.
    Taurs xxoo

  2. Kat - that's perfect. How special is it going to be to you - so nice to have a piece like that you can keep and treasure for good.And a good one to roll and travel with. YEAH!!!! GaZZie