ABOUT CRISTINA Writing is one of the most subtle and successful manifestations of art. The strokes outlined by the hand are signs as unique as fingerprints.
The main expression of the inner soul, handwriting is a labour of the heart and hand, offering a dance of signs that are often illegible but are always pregnant with meaning.
The physical act of writing involve the whole being in a creative game that fully engages the senses. There is texture and tactility, movement and rhythm. A rhythm that shouts, cries, whispers, enchants, repels or captures. Through emotion and experience, hand-lettering elevates the alphabet beyond symbols into art – beautiful and unrepeatable.
I believe in the power of the stroke, in its being the true, honest image of ourselves, our souls. And as the gesture, one that is known and repeated, is liberated and merges with our very being, it opens the door of imperfection that brings forth discovery. Emotional, physical and real, the art of hand-lettering reminds us we are human.
2020 – ExpoCaligrafia International, Cluj-Napoca
2019 – ExpoCaligrafia International, Bucuresti
2018 – Gaudeamus book fair, Bucharesti
2017 – Demers TeaHouse, Cluj-Napoca
2017 – Romanian Design Week
2015 – Enescu Square, Brasov
2014 – Libraria Diverta, Cluj-Napoca
Talks & Performances
2019 – Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucuresti
2020 – Art Muzeum, Cluj-Napoca
Atelier de Scris -Cluj-Napoca handwriting art community
portfolio and artistic activity: cristinamocan.ro
ARCASHA is a creative initiative, based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, which addresses the direction of textile art and artistic expression. Inspired by contemporary themes, calligraphy, poetry, philosophy, Arcasha is a project based on creating a bridge between the art of writing and material reality, which has become a creative workshop through the Creative Start Up program.
The idea of the Arcasha project was based on creating a bridge between different fields. The old, manual technique of written communication is brought back to the present, by recreating new verbal, personal structures, articulated in various chromatic and textures. The technique of execution of the pieces is diverse, from digital printing, to manual prints, embroidery or collage. In the world of Arcasha, textiles, poetry, dance, space and plastic arts overlap surprisingly. I often ask myself: what is the source, the first spark of creation, the image / color or the word?
Opened for collaborations and believing that innovative ideas happen where different discipline overlap.