The dying craft of the Lettering Arts
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.
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