Luca Barcellona

01/02 - 02/02/2018

Capital Letters

Luca Barcellona, the renowned calligrapher, graphic and lettering artist, will be at Fabrica on 1-2 February for a free workshop on calligraphy, the core element of his art.

Street signs, packaging, wine labels, logotypes, tattooos and advertising: calligraphy is still everywhere. How can we determine when lettering is well executed? And how can we combine the manual skills of this ancient art – one which Luca Barcellona thinks we all should be acquainted with as part of our visual culture – with digital-era languages and tools?

We need to go back and study the origin of letters: Roman Capitals are still a present-day model of beauty. Through two thousand years, they have survived every style fashion and they are where serifs came from, as Edward Catich theorised in his book The Origin Of The Serif, a seminal study later explored and developed by many contemporary calligraphers.

The workshop will be a journey through CAPITAL LETTERS. A brief excursus on monumental capitals: their origin, history and influence on contemporary lettering; rewriting the main shapes to understand their proportions; a look at the work of a number of contemporary calligraphers; writing capitals with a chinagraph pencil, a wide-nibbed pen and a flat brush; personal compositions, working on modifications applied to rhythm and directions.

This event is part of the activities of Fabrica Circus, a continuous cycle of conferences, performances, “confessions”, workshops, concerts, and exhibitions, all of which aim to experiment in modern communication, that will officially be launched at Fabrica on 26th January.


Luca Barcellona is 34 years old. He has his own studio in Milan, where he works as a freelance graphic designer and calligrapher. Letters are the main ingredient of his creations. He teaches calligraphy with the Associazione Calligrafica Italiana and holds workshops in several European cities. The means of his work is to make the manual skill of an ancient art as writing and the languages and instruments of the digital era coexist. In 2003 he founded with Rae Martini and Marco Klefisch the collective Rebel Ink, with which he gives life to a live exhibition of calligraphy, writing and illustration. In 2009 he has worked for the National Museum of Zurich, with calligraphist Klaus Peter Schaffel, to realize the faithful reproduction of a big globe dated back to the 1569, using calligraphy with original materials (quill and natural inks). Among the brands that requested his lettering we can number Carhartt, Nike, Mondadori, Zoo York, Dolce&Gabbana, Sony BMG, Seat, Volvo, Universal, Eni. Among his latest collective exhibitions: “Oscuro Scrutare”, at the Patricia Armocida Gallery in Milan, the project “Some Type of Wonderful” in Melbourne/Sidney and “Don’t Believe the Type” (Den Haag). As well as taking part to several independent projects his works appeared in many publications; the latest were on american magazine “Letter Arts Review”, “Calligraphy and Graphic Design” by Marco Campedelli, and the books “Playful Type 2”, “Los Logos 5” and “Arabesque 2”, published by Gestalten. In 2010 he produced his own personal clothing brand “Luca Barcellona Gold Series”. He recently published his first monographic book “Take Your Pleasure Seriously” by Lazy Dog press, the publishing house wich is a member himself. His study into lettering led him to experience from graffiti to classic calligraphy, up to big wallpainting, typography and letterpress printing.

Luca Barcellona at Fabrica
1-2 February, 9 am to 6 pm

A free, fixed-number workshop (max 15 persons)
To register please write to

After registration, the participants will be contacted to be informed about the materials needed for the workshop.

Via Postioma 54/F
Catena di Villorba (TV)