Rudo Spemann’s Textura Variations — Julian Waters

Julian Waters
2.5 days
Intermediate to Advanced
No materials fee

Instructor Bio
Julian Waters is an internationally renowned lettering designer whose work has been widely published. He has received many awards including Type Directors Club, Print, LAR, and Graphis. His parents are calligrapher, Sheila, and the late bookbinder and library conservator, Peter Waters. Starting in 1979, Julian studied with the legendary calligrapher and type designer Hermann Zapf who became a longtime friend and mentor. When Julian was still in his 20s, Zapf asked him to succeed him at RIT, teaching the annual 2-week summer masterclasses. Waters’ typefaces include Adobe Waters Titling Pro family and Jefferson for Monticello. In the 1990s, Waters taught typography at Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In 2001, he was part of the Zapfest exhibition, San Francisco. In 1997, he was The Rubenstein Resident Artist at Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC. In 2003, his publication, From Rough Sketch to Final Art, was issued, and in 2013, he edited and designed the retrospective, Sheila Waters at 80, about Sheila’s life and work. In 2016, Sheila and Julian completed work on Waters Rising, Letters from Florence, a 500-page book about the devastating 1966 Florence Flood and its aftermath, how Peter Waters led an international team in saving the countless damaged rare books at the National Library. The book was published in 2016, 50 years after the great flood. Waters has taught over 100 workshops for lettering professionals across the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. Julian has taught several times at Cooper Union, NY, and Wells College, NY, including digital font design. He has taught multi-weekend courses on various lettering subjects, most recently a year-long course for a group of NY graphic designers who came to study with him eight weekends through the year.

Julian Waters

Class Description
Rudo Spemann (1905-1947) was a prominent student of Ernst Schneidler. He in turn was an influential teacher and his brilliant inventive calligraphy has inspired many of us for the last 70+ years. I believe Spemann’s work was an early inspiration for the great Hermann Zapf, my teacher and friend of 35 years. Blackletter has become a particular passion of mine. I once made a trip to the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach just to study the hand written Spemann books in their collection. In this class we will review fundamentals of Gothic Textura through the lens of Spemann and his early to mid century contemporaries. Students will learn how to become consistent in their writing and spacing, starting with basic structures and make subtle changes to individualize style, as Spemann did, changing his style to be distinctive for each text he wrote.

Supply List
Typical calligraphy supplies including Mitchell, Brause, Speedball, etc. dip pens. Specific materials list will be provided later.

Julian Waters

Spemann’s, 1930s