O Sleep

O Sleep

I have always sympathized with King Henry IV who desperately laments his inability to go to sleep.

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Happy Birthday William Caslon

William Caslon

William Caslon put England on the typographic map in 1734 when “Caslon” came out, providing stiff competition for Dutch typefaces. It became the most popular typeface of the 18th century, in particular in the colonies, where it was used to print the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. George Bernard Shaw admired the typeface so much that he insisted that all his work be set in Caslon. When not designing type, William brewed beer for his monthly soirées.

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Italian Hand

Italian Hand, April 2017Last weekend, I attended the Poetic Pen calligraphy workshop, taught by Heather Held, where we learned Italian Hand, the ancestor of English Roundhand. It’s quirky, but Heather’s enthusiasm is infectious, and I soon fell in love with its blobs and flamboyant curlicues. This is my exemplar.

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A Blackletter Typeface

Archaeopteryx

Learning typeface design with Carl Crossgrove and Type@CooperWest. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Coq au VinWhat better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than with Coq au Vin?

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Après Trois Ans

Verlaine - Après Trois Ans

An excerpt from Paul Verlaine’s poem Après Trois Ans (After Three Years).

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year 2017!

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Gabriel

GabrielPour Gabriel, le messager des bonnes nouvelles !

John Milton, le Paradis Perdu, livre 4, 1667

Traduction de l’anglais par François-René de Chateaubriand

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You are Fabulous

You are Fabulous

Inspired by Rachel Yallop in her course Copperplate: A Different Look at the Swelling Line. This will be auctioned off at the Horizons Foundation’s annual gala.

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They Were Gay (continued)

They Were Gay

As my final project for Chris McDonald’s Foundational class, which ended last April, I decided to do another take on Gertrude Stein’s famous quote from Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (1922). (See my earlier post They Were Gay). This one has a formal Humanist look, with a large illuminated letter T in the white vine style. The body text was done using Moon Palace sumi ink, and the illuminated letter T is in watercolor and gold leaf.

Thanks for your patience!

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