Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Calligraphy in the Modern World

I received my first calligraphy set at age eleven from my great aunt Octavine.

As the family correspondent, Aunt Vinee appreciated excellent penmanship and the art of font. Octavine was old fashioned. She wore bloomers and muslin dresses from the 1950s.

Aunt Vinee encouraged me and I found I very much enjoyed the rather "old lady" pastime of calligraphy. I practiced and practiced. I bought alphabet books and taught myself fonts. As a left-hander, I couldn't follow the instructions given thus I developed my own style and technique.

Once I had the basics of letter formation, spacing, and placement I began to practice Hebrew calligraphy. I was taught the Hebrew alphabet at a young age, so the letters were familiar.

Luckily, I have figured a way to turn my "old lady" talent into a practical art. Finding that wedding invitations, Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations, marriage contracts, Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract), concert posters, baby announcements and graduation announcements all require the flair of calligraphy allows calligraphy to blossom in the modern world and bring beauty to the everyday.

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Sheepish Lion said...

I love the Hebrew calligraphy it's so beautiful!

pve design said...

a girl after my own calligraphy heart!
lovely work! I too began the love of learning calligraphy at an early age - when cursive changed my world and I went loopdy loop! Love it!

art4friends said...

thank you so much!

glad to see you are on etsy too :D lovely stuff

and its also good to see that you are a belle and sebastian fan!! they are a keeper.

jivewhiteboy said...

hey cara, it's jivewhiteboy. got myself a new blog!