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Calligraphy & The Wedding

13 February 2008

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Calligraphy finds its place most comfortably in the context of the wedding. The graceful lines, organic forms and classic flourishes exude formality and elegance.

I have had the occasion to calligraph numerous wedding invitations. I create my own alphabets based on examples from Art Nouveau and Art Deco scripts.

As a left-hander, I have a very specific nib that I must use. Unlike the majority of calligraphy nibs, a left-hand nib is oblique.

I am fiercely loyal to the brand of my first calligraphy set gifted to me at age 11. However, about a decade ago, this small British company was sold and the pens are now made in China and of lesser quality.

I still have the original British calligraphy pen and have since bought a spare as well, but locating left-hand nibs for a now extinct calligraphy pen proves quite a difficult task indeed.

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  1. February 13, 2008

    beautifl work! I wish I knew you when I had my wedding in September…I will be watching your blog!

  2. February 13, 2008

    I loooooooooove your work! very beautiful illustrations and calligraphy ! i’ll be back!

  3. February 14, 2008

    Love your blog!! Your calligraphy is beautiful.

  4. February 14, 2008

    love the calligraphy. it’s really beautiful and delicate. love the art deco illustrations too

  5. February 14, 2008

    I think it’s wonderful that you have been able to use and care for your special pens for so many years. I am guessing it is uncommon for pens to last a long time.I found this image and used it in my blog a little while ago, but I’m guessing it’s something you’d really appreciate:http://tangobaby2.blogspot.com/2008/02/from-lurk-to-lurve.html

  6. February 14, 2008

    Wow! You are a wonderful calligrapher! And your shop looks amazing.http://anniehoweskeepsakes.blogspot.com/

  7. February 15, 2008

    your calligraphy is so lovely!

  8. February 18, 2008

    I particularly identifed with your comment about “isolation”. I often feel that way – as if I’m working and “talking” to air, and then someone, this time – you, adds me as a blog friend and I peek in and realize that though many miles separate us – there are like souls out there. Creating, reading, sharing… reaching for the best they have to give. Thanks for sharing. I’ll return often.

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