Kirsten Burke

Contemporary Lettering Design

Art Trail Blazing!

Kirri CasaliComment

We have had such an amazing time being part of this years Chichester Art Trail. Thank you so much to everyone who has come and seen what we do. Even with the sun blazing, visitors still came. 

Most people visited because they'd seen Kirsten's artwork in the brochure, and they wanted to find out what her work was all about. Her calligraphy was not what they expected when they remembered practising their own lettering with their 'Osmiroid' calligraphy set at school! 

"When Kirsten works, everything comes together to make something so unique, it's like nothing that I have ever seen before.”
 

Kirsten’s pieces are visual interpretations of the words she has chosen, from formal to abstract art. Her colours choices, and the implements she uses are all selected to bring the meaning of the words to life! 

So many people had a go at our work table using dip pens, tracing over words and phrases, enjoying the way the ink flows and becoming utterly absorbed in what they were doing. The workshops that Kirsten runs filled up, so another date has been added. There are so many budding lettering artists out there! 

The calligraphy wasn’t the only thing being admired either. The Victorian substation that is Kirsten Burke HQ sits modestly tucked away, hiding her inner beauty. Bought as a shell, Jill has turned it into a stunning working space and gallery. 'Shed envy’ one visitor wrote in the book, but this really is no shed!

Although the workman only downed tools a day before the opening party for the Art Trail, the interior is immaculate. The utilitarian function of the building has been honoured, with exposed pipe work and industrial features, giving it a new life as a light, modern and funky work-space. 

We are certainly looking forward to doing the Art Trail again next year, so thank you to Malcolm who organises it all, and look out for those green balloons next year, same time, same place!