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Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group

30 April 2019

Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group

In this session generously supported by the GB Sasakawa Foundation, our group of adults with children were able to try out Japanese calligraphy for the first time and find out about some of the history and culture behind the beautiful characters.

Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group

The participants enjoyed the challenge and variety of making an enso circle in a single mark – reflecting their experience and being in that moment, and in some ways a meditation in itself. Time to breathe, relax and connect helped to settle into the calligraphy, but folk were very quick to get going and try out the kanji characters.

Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group

As we have worked a lot with natural materials in this group previously it was ideal to try out characters such as moku 木 – wood, and kumo 雲 – cloud. 

Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group
Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group

The younger participants engaged very readily to the older tensho, kinbun and kokotsubun styles – back to the shell and bone language which evolved into kanji. We considered the connections to the old Scottish Pictish and Viking Norse visual languages and found these to be closer than we would have thought. 

Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group
Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group
Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Kindly supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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