Zentangle creators to hold book signing in Westborough
Westborough – “The Book of Zentangle” explores how drawing structured patterns becomes a form of meditation and self-empowerment. According to Zentangle’s creators, “artists” improve their focus, become calmer and more open-minded. The technique is a tool that can be used to relieve stress, inspire creativity and clear thinking. Zentangle is gaining popularity in schools, hospitals, health organizations and businesses.
Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts are Zentangle’s creators. Thomas, a successful calligrapher, started a company called Pendragon. Due to her skill, the business is now famous for its world-renown calligraphy. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones’ wedding invitations were designed by Pendragon.
Roberts lived as a monk for 17 years and is very creative in his own right. He successfully designed and manufactured his own flutes. His recordings are on a CD created for Zentangle.
Zentangle originated from an incident in which Thomas was so focused on a project that she shut herself off from the outside world and went into a trancelike state (her own “Zen”) while creating a line pattern. When she later discussed the occurrence with Roberts, the two became intrigued with this “zone of Zen.” In this condition, they believe the brain “relaxes” and a unique drawing can be created.
Roberts and Thomas’ book discusses the origins of Zentangle, and includes letters by individuals who were affected by the process. It also contains a collection of Zentangle-inspired artwork from Thomas.
After writing the story, the authors wanted a book signing at a more intimate venue so they selected the Art and Frame Emporium. Ed Turner, owner of the store, is a successful artist and businessman. Turner supports other artists and encourages them as much as possible. He is a proponent of Zentangle and is a Certified Zentangle teacher.
Roberts and Thomas will sign copies of their book at the Art and Frame Emporium Saturday, Nov. 24, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The store is located at 18 Lyman St. in the Westborough Shopping Center.
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