PROFILE

IZUMI SHIRATANI Photo

Began Japanese calligraphy since age 6, I loved to draw characters from a young age and started to learn western calligraphy in my college days. After worked at the advertising company, resolved to go to UK to specialized western calligraphy in 1999. Gained HND in calligraphy, illumination and heraldic art at the Reigate School of Art and Design. Received the award for outstanding achievement in calligraphy from the scriveners company.
Worked for London Scribes afterward, where I had valued experiences of calligraphy business with many clients. Had my first solo exhibition in London in 2004.
Have been working as a freelance calligrapher, teaching workshops based in Japan. I enjoy my passion for every calligraphic lines of our beautiful world, believing calligraphy spirit transcends national boundaries.
Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (FCLAS)
Director of NPO Japan Letter Arts Forum
BOOKS: AUTOMATIC PEN (Calligraphy Books), 2008 / CALLIGRAPHY BOOK(Author Minako Sando) Co-Authord 2011

ARTICLES, BOOK & MAGAZINES FEATURING WORK

2001 Calligraphy NewsLetter vol.20, 21, 23, articles (Japan)
2002 ‘West meets East’ Calendar, 3 works selected (Germany)
The Edge summer, 2 works selected/CLAS (UK)
‘Living Letters’ Fellows Exhibition, 4 works selected/CLAS (UK)
‘Passie voor Letters’ Marianne Heemskerk, Cantecleer Baarn (Netherlands)
Calligraphy Club vol.6, interview/CLA (Japan)
2004 Letter Arts Review ‘Black and White’ issue, 1 work selected/JNB (US)
The Edge vol.10 issue 3 winter/CLAS (UK)
Living Letters Ⅱ, 2 works selected/CLAS (UK)
2005 ‘The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy & Illuminated Letters’
Janet Mehigan/Mary Noble, Quarto Publishing (UK)
Calligraphy NewsLetter vol.34, 35 articles (Japan)
2006 Calligraphy Club vol.20, 21 articles/CLA (Japan)
‘full full’ vol.22 articles/KCF (Japan)
2007 Calligraphy Club vol.23–25 articles/CLA (Japan)
2008 Letter Arts Review Annual issue 22,vol.3, 2 works selected/JNB (US)
The Edge vol.13 issue 3 spring/CLAS (UK)
‘East Writes West’ Exhibition 3 works selected (Belgium & US)
Author Book ‘AUTOMATIC PEN’/Calligraphy books, Issunsha (Japan)
2009 Letter Arts Review Annual issue 22, vol.3, 2works selected/JNB (US)
Letter Arts Review Annual issue 23, vol.4, 2works selected/JNB (US)
Japan & Belgium Exhibition/J-LAF (Japan)
Calligraphy NewsLetter, vol.52 articles (Japan)
2010 Letter Arts Review Annual issue 24 vol.2/JNB (US)
2011 Co-author ‘Calligraphy Book’ (by Minako Sando)/Seibundo-shinkosha
‘The SCRIBE’ No91 winter/SSI (UK)
2012 The Anniversary Exhibition ‘Celebrate Calligraphy’ 1 work selected/SSI (UK)
2013 Living Letters Ⅴ ‘Writing on the Edge’ 1 work selected/CLAS (UK)
‘TYPOGRAPHY’ issue 4 Interview/Graphicsha Publishing (Japan)
Charity Calendar 2014 (designed by Noriyuki Kasai) 2 works listed (Japan)

Exhibitions

1997 Japan Calligraphy Association Exhibition (Tokyo)
1998 Japan Calligraphy Association Exhibition (Tokyo)
1999.3 Japan Calligraphy Net-Work Exhibition (Tokyo)
2001.9 Reigate College of Art Diploma Show (UK Surrey)
2002.10 SLLA Annual Exhibition (UK London)
2002.10 Living Letters Fellows Exhibition/CLAS (UK Surrey)
2003.5 SLLA Spring Exhibition (UK London)
2003.5 Haiku Exhibition at Brighton Festival (UK Brighton)
2003.10 SLLA Annual Exhibition (UK London)
2004.3 SLLA Spring Exhibition (UK London)
2004.10 SLLA Annual Exhibition (UK London)
2004.10 The First Solo Show (UK London)
2004 Living Letters “Celebrating ten years of excellence”/CLAS (UK Surrey)
2005.7 Japan Calligraphy Net-Work Exhibition (Tokyo)
2005.10 Showed 10 new pieces at the Typography Conference (UK London)
2006.7 Calligraphers Guild Exhibition (Tokyo)
2006.10 The Kazui Press Exhibition (Tokyo)
2007.6 Kobe Calligraphy Forum Exhibition (Kobe)
2007.7 Japan Calligraphy Net-Work Exhibition (Tokyo)
2007.8 East Writes West /J-LAF (BELGIUM Bruges)
2008.3 Calligraphy Class Exhibition “across time and space”(Tokyo)
2008.7 Calligraphers Guild Exhibition (Tokyo)
2008.7 “East Writes West” Exhibition/J-LAF (UK Cicago)
2008.10 SLLA Annual Exhibition (UK London)
2009.4 J-LAF Spring Exhibition (Tokyo)
2009.4 Kobe Calligraphy Forum Exhibition (Kobe)
2009.7 Japan Calligraphy Net-Work Exhibition (Tokyo)
2009.7 Japan-Belgium Exhibition (Yokohama)
2009.7 Itoya Calligraphy Exhibition (Tokyo)
2009.10 Calligraphy & Illumination Class Exhibition (Tokyo)
2009.11 Living Letters 3 “Small Objects of Desire”/CLAS (Uk Surrey))
2010.3 Calligraphy Exhibition in Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
2010.10 Calligraphers Guild Exhibition (Tokyo)
2011.6 International Calligraphy & Letter Arts Exhibition (IRELAND Dublin)
2011.6 The 90th Anniversary of SSI, Celebrate Calligraphy (UK London)
2011.6 Kobe Calligraphy Forum Exhibition (Kobe)
2012.3 ”The Art of Lettering” Exhibition (Tokyo)
2012.7 Calligraphers Guild Exhibition (Tokyo)
2013.3 Calligraphy Class Exhibition “beyond the words” (Tokyo)
2013.7 Calligraphy Exhibition in Kagurazaka (TOKYO)
2013.10 Living Letters 5“Writing on the edge”/CLAS (UK London)
2013.10 Kobe Calligraphy Forum Exhibition FINALE (Kobe)