Category Archives: Calligraphy

Everything calligraphic

I’m With You

Alan Ginsberg dedicated the third section of Howl to Carl Solomon, whom he met at a psychiatric hospital in 1949. Ginsberg sympathized with Solomon, who, like Ginsberg’s mother, struggled with mental illness and received shock treatment. He describes the events that occurred … Continue reading

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We Stand Together

In remembrance of the victims of the bombings at Manchester Arena on May 22nd, 2017, and in support of their families and friends.

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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 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 … Continue reading

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Italian Hand

Last 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 … Continue reading

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A Blackletter Typeface

Learning typeface design with Carl Crossgrove and Type@CooperWest.

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Happy New Year

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

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Après Trois Ans

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

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year 2017!

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Gabriel

Pour 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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