João Varela is a lettering Artist and Type Designer,
currently based in Lisbon, Portugal.
His world revolves around letters of all shapes and
sizes, in all mediums and colors.
Attracted to everything related to typography, from
typefaces and logos to murals and calligraphy, he constantly challenges himself
to work with different materials, scales and styles.
In 2020, João graduated with honors from the Master
Type Design at École Cantonal d’Art de Lausanne. During his degree, he learned
how to merge the technical and detailed process of Type Design with an emotive
and creative approach to Lettering pieces, and that is exactly what he strives
to do. His creative process always involves analogue and digital mediums, both
for sketching and finalizing projects.
João is always thrilled to join projects in which he
has the opportunity to draw, paint and build letters!
Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4
Bairro Casal dos Machados (POLIDESPORTIVO - Rua Padre Joaquim Alves Correia )
14h30-15h30, 16h-17h, 17h-18h
Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th July
Venue: Pillars of the Tagus Park
Morning: 10h30-11h30, 12h-13h
Afternoon: 2.30pm-3.30pm, 4.00pm-5.00pm,
Free of charge, upon reservation
No. of participants: 6 to 8 per 1-hour block
Having as main goal the experimentation and contact
with several common urban art techniques, the workshops were designed to take
advantage of the different techniques.
Always using typography and calligraphy as a work
object, the following techniques and/or materials will be addressed: stencil,
paste-up, calligraphy with plastic paint (using brushes, rollers, etc.) and
Participants will be divided into small groups and
introduced to one or several of the 4 techniques that can be put into practice
immediately, writing or drawing letters on the surfaces to be intervened.
During each period, there will be a rotation of techniques between groups.
Those enrolled will be challenged to write words or
phrases that fit with the festival MURO itself and its impact on the community;
however, they will be free to express themselves by writing words, ideas and
thoughts of their own authorship, as well as purely experimental exercises
(from a technical and/or typographic point of view) or just their signature.
The final result will be a strong and dense
composition of words and/or sentences, written by all participants, so that
they overlap and mix, creating a new dialogue in space