The dying craft of the Lettering Arts

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I have always admired the art of calligraphy. I remember trying it at an early age, but with no instruction my ambitions faded. Until recently, I never gave much thought to the correlation between the craft of calligraphy and typography. Of course it seems obvious, but my limited knowledge never gave me the idea of calligraphy being more than the art of elegant handwriting.

As of late, I have been getting more involved with traditional calligraphy. With so much to learn, and at the bonus of not being behind a computer, I have discovered more than I had imagined about the art. Calligraphy as a whole isn’t just a craft of creating beautiful type. Beginning with the Roman alphabet, the art of calligraphy holds its basis as the study of ancient handwritten styles. In the same sense that we use fonts today, the lettering can be isolated into time periods and regions throughout history. Long story short, the specific type styles were used by scribes, whose responsibility was to create hand written copies of books and articles, keeping the text style (or “font” styles if you will) consistent. With technology as it stands today, keyboard skills have all but replaced the art of handwriting.

The following videos are responsible for triggering my desire to learn this fading craft. Luca Barcellona and Francesca Biasetton are two of the best calligraphers and lettering artists I have ever seen.

Anyone involved with calligraphy or handwritten typography, hit me up if you want to talk about it. I am always up for sharing knowledge. Enjoy the videos.

Luca Barcellona

Luca Barcellona

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See more of Luca Barcellonas videos here.

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Links you should check out:

lucabarcellona.com
Luca Barcellona on Flickr
biasetton.com
Associazione Calligrafica Italiana



One Comment

  1. Ana wrote:

    Thanks for these videos! I got interested in calligraphy when I was in my early twenties and for lack of good formal instruction I would go thru waves of trying and giving up (the fact that I am so self-critical does not help much either….). Now I am finally trying to do some whenever the times allows, is something I am very passionate about and my frame of mind now is, I can only get better. Thanks for sharing!

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