A Journey Began With One Tool: Eugene trezen Berd

1. ​What’s your name and title/business name?  Where are you located, city, ​state, country location?

My name’s Eugene trezen Berd, my handle is @tre.zen for calligraphy and @zenholders for the intruments I make.  I’m a calligrapher, letterer and a freelance designer based in Kiev, Ukraine.

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2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

To be honest I don’t have a ‘proper’ education in art (but I do have a pretty useless Master’s Degree in marketing though) because there isn’t any [calligraphy] guilds in Ukraine and most of the people I know and work with are self-taught. We have workshops and courses, but people who teach there are self-taught as well (I sometimes teach, too — lettering and gothic calligraphy). I try to learn from as much [as I can from as many people] (online and in person), through studying books and even [Instagram].

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3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

Anything that writes! Pens, nibs, markers, brushes, iPads, chalk, pencil, Illustrator — you name it. I could never settle with ‘a’ tool, so I use everything I can. When you have like 25 different brushpens it’s *really* hard to settle with one, you know?

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4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I feel like the battery only runs out if you *don’t* make art. The more you work, the more ideas, random and on purpose, come to mind. So to me recharging a battery means actually going back to work. Stop procrastinating, stop binge watching shows and get back to writing, you can always find inspiration through work. As for the usual exhaustion — anything to feel a ‘change’. Books, music, going for a walk or to the gym, editing some never-ending-previous-stuff-I- did in photoshop and Illustrator, anything that gets my mind off the current work.

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5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight.

My journey into lettering and calligraphy began when I found a vintage 1950’s Montblanc fountain pen. It had a flexible [nib], which is quite rare nowadays, so you can use it like a ‘real nib’, with thicks and thins. It was beautiful, golden, old and fairly expensive. Surely enough, one time it fell on the floor. Nib down. It’s dead now, but I will always grateful to it for making me start.

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