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The Dying Arts Society


The Dying Arts Society

For all those lost movements, arts and other stuff from cave painting to calligraphy to needlework and real penmanship

Down with the machine!

Location: The Chun ...sunshine city today
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2014

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Comment by CCF Beijing on February 19, 2013 at 17:31

"Board games" could be considered a "dying art".


I remember reading that during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy....due to the power outages.... people were playing board games to pass the time.


P.S. Yes, Siping is like a jail, in a sense. Expats come. Expats leave. (Except the "faith" people.). Waiting for my release. Do you have a get-out-of-jail card for me? lol

Comment by CCF Beijing on February 19, 2013 at 17:25

First draft. Help me complete it with Ideas to fill the missing spots.

Comment by Richard Roman on September 5, 2012 at 16:13
I have to re-create the art of oratory. We need to think about this!
Comment by Jack Field on July 23, 2012 at 22:47

It is going to be a truly inspiring evening. Have we contacted the usual suspects, as in those certain Chinese who would be willing to teach us their art of calligraphy? Maybe Jack London or Cynthia or whoever. Fuse the pen with the quill, with the paint brush and the papyrus. Magic.

Comment by Richard Roman on July 23, 2012 at 21:36

Remember everyone - we are looking at the art of penmanship soon!

Comment by Richard ridealgh on July 10, 2012 at 22:54
Absolutely, I can do that, so easy. And it's visually quite pleasing to see the letter on a big screen!!
Comment by Richard Roman on July 10, 2012 at 22:53

OK - if it is ok with you Richard, I will post an event. I will talk to Jack and we will organise the penmanship

We can also do the nerdy stuff on the computer but someone else must take charge of that!

Comment by Richard ridealgh on July 10, 2012 at 22:49
Comment by Richard ridealgh on July 10, 2012 at 22:47
I totally support the idea. I have beautiful handwriting I am informed, but hardly get time to use it.
I attended a similar meeting in Barcelona once, also concerned with the demise of the pen, and the writing of letters.
We could do as you suggested, but one thing I liked about that meeting was that we scanned the postcards and letters into a scanner and then emailed the letters and postcards as well as actually posting them! Kind of keeps the evening interesting and nerdy!
Comment by Richard Roman on July 10, 2012 at 22:43

Maybe an evening at WLC Richard? - The importance of being earnest - the value of writing letters! 9Apologies Mr Wilde)

A hands on practical evening re-introducing people to the beauty of the hand-written word

We could get everyone to write a postcard to a dear friend somewhere else in the world!

I am going mad I know, but I am on my 5th beer!


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