Day 115 : calligraphy


Calligraphy, a type of art, comes from the Greek words “beauty” and “writing”. In the early days of writing, any tool could be used though typically it was a reed or quill fashioned with a nib, or a brush. A variation in the tip size changes the heaviness of the letter stroke. Writing became an art form thus handwriting styles were the beginning of the creation of “fonts”.

Sandy: Two of my college friends along with our college lettering and design teacher designed the invitation for our wedding 32 years ago, today (Happy Anniversary, John!). They hand-lettered our names, Sandy and John, on each of one hundred invitations in as many variations so each guest received a different invitation. All so special, all so personal, all so magnificent. One of these friends died a month ago. She was an immensely talented, accomplished and internationally known calligrapher. As one of her friends eloquently said in remembrance, “…was it not she that sent the alphabetic line soaring?”. In my sadness, I pulled out a printed piece that had samples of the invitation and came upon a note from them and smiled – they had signed it with their left hands. I submit this post in honor of Georgia.

Kelly: I remember trying to learn calligraphy in art class and could never get the slants right. There must be a “left-handed” way to do it? I went to public school so didn’t learn it :). 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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