Die Letterhuis Studio and Calligrapher Heleen de Haas
In nat ink letters word ons harte blootgelê. In vaardige letterpatrone word ons Afrika en Westerse herkoms se samesmelting verklap. Letters laat woorde lewe – dis ‘n soms ernstige en soms speelse weergawe van ons gisters, die neerpen van vandag vir môre se môres. As kalligraaf is my grootste vreugde om te sien hoe letterlyne ‘praat, om ander te laat deel in die letterliefde, om saam met ander kunstenaars te werk en saam ons passies op dieselfde kunswerk uit te leef – pure vreugde!
Calligraphy is a lifestyle – it is dipping your pen into your heart, it is taking letters out of books and frames into everyday life, it is disciplined freedom. Doing pen dances with pens made out of Cola cans and pointed brushes, making the ink sing, thrills me. Reflecting my African and Western heritage in letter patterns and interpreting emotions with lines, good design, teaching, to leave beautifully written blessings in unexpected places for strangers – these are the things that bring me joy calligraphically.
Heleen de Haas is a South African calligrapher and letter artist who has been teaching since 1984.
Her work has been published internationally and has been exhibited both in Europe and nationally. Her portfolio also includes citations for the late President Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki.
Heleen presents 2 to 5 day calligraphy and related art workshops both nationally and in the Karoo at Die Letterhuis Studio on their farm Aswater close to Prince Albert.
Om kalligrafie te doen is ‘n leefwyse van binne mooi deel…Soms skryf ons in ‘n leesbare styl om ander se mooi uit te beeld-ander kere dans ons pen in letterpatrone. Die kursusse is ontwerp vir beginners en nie –beginners. Ons eksperimenteer, ontdek weer ons eie kreatiwiteit, raak bewus van wat gebeur in ons as ons skryf, vors na hoe ander letterliefhebbers lank voor ons hul letters gevorm het, leer in klip kap en haal net vir ‘n kort rukkie stadiger asem in die Godsmooi Karoo.
Calligraphy is a lifestyle-it is dipping your pen into your heart, it s taking letters out of books and frames into everyday life, it is ‘disciplined freedom’. The courses are aimed at beginners and non beginners alike and you are invited to enjoy the beautiful and varied world of letters in different forms and materials-at times studying historical manuscripts, carving into stone, drawing the flight of the swallow, doing pointed brush dances and just for a short while, live life slower in the beautiful Karoo.
Visitors to the area are most welcome to come and visit the studio on open days, view the original calligraphic art by international calligraphers, browse through the library, have a look at Die Letterhuis – which is an installation in its own right, the walks, the stone routes or the land art.
The Land art forms part of GNAP – The Global Nomadic Art Project which was hosted on the farm during September 2016.
More visual material on instagram#StoriesOfRain#gnap2016#SouthAfrica
Courses and Workshops
Accommodation for workshop students –
Students wishing to stay in the Old Bloemendal Opstal with us will be most welcome and can do so at sharing student rates which include a light brunch and supper. Please enquire about rates.
Alternatively, if they are available, Die Ou Waenhuis and Die Letterhuis on the farm also offers accommodation.
Heleen de Haas
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 083 3255 757
Website – letterhuis.wixsite.com/letterhuis
The farm Aswater lies 35 km from Prince Albert on the R407 towards Klaarstroom.