Calligraphy Gallery 1

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Examples of earlier calligraphy projects . . .

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The letters should be designed by an artist, not an engineer.
. . . Willliam Morris

Geometry can produce legible letters, but art makes them beautiful.
Art begins where geometry ends, and imparts to letters
a character transcending mere measurement
. . . Paul Standard

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The Gallery

Click on one of the thumbnails in the panel below to see a detailed picture. There are short descriptions of each item below - just in case it isn't obvious what they are! The first example is a representation of the two quotes above.

Geometry can.. Red Stone
Gloria Jubilato Peace Sona
Midwinter Cutting Deck the halls
A paper cutting - a paper insert helps to see, though the card is in fact 4 sided and see-through.
Peace on Earth 3D
An example of B's efforts at layout - not hand made. DTP rules OK???
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The Items

Going from left to right, and top to bottom . .

The first is a piece of calligraphy written as part of the coursework for an Open College examination, and was my first experiment with built-up capitals. The text appealed to me as Brian is so fond of saying that I could create my lettering much more quickly by using the computer! True - but where's the satisfaction in that?!

'Red Letter Day' was created for an impromptu exhibition on the theme of 'Red', at a meeting of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society held in York in 1996.

One of my first attempts in designing Celtic Knotwork borders. The excerpt is taken from a poem by R.S.Thomas - a Welsh poet.

A Christmas card. The word 'Gloria' was written with double pencils, cut out to make a stencil, and then splattered with white gouache using a toothbrush.

This Christmas card was printed in black and white, and then each card coloured individually.

This stencil was made in the same way as the 'Gloria' card, but instead of splattering with gouache I wrote the word 'peace' many times through the stencil.

An experiment at giving Celtic Knotwork a modern treatment to create a Gaelic birthday card.

The black and white skeleton letterforms were used to evoke the bleakness and starkness of these words.

This piece involves the use of Scherenschnitte, another of my interests. The Celtic spiral pattern is cut out from mulberry paper, and symbolises the spiralling of the seasons.

This card was written freely without the use of lines, and the white gouache snowflakes painted between the words at random.

The free-standing 3D card "Peace on Earth" is another cut-out, shown here with paper inserted to aid clarity, since the open design didn't photograph well...

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You can find lots of other examples on our Second Calligraphy Gallery

Thanks . . .

... For visiting.

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