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What a great tip! Thanks!

I love that you rescued this pen holder. Christopher did amazing work.

Calligraphy Book Reviews / Marcel's Letters by Carolyn Porter (2017)
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:30:33 PM »
 I haven't finished this book yet, but it is so good, that I thought I'd mention it before I forget. Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer who bought some old letters at an antique shop because she loved the handwriting. She begins designing a font based on the handwriting. The letters are written in French and she decides to have them translated and quickly becomes obsessed with researching the story/fate of Marcel, who sent the letters from Berlin during WWII. Her font, P22 Marcel Script, won awards and her obsession with Marcel became this fascinating book. I'm really enjoying the glimpse into her life, the design process and the twists and turns of her determined research.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Autograph book 1878
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:18:39 PM »
I wish my pics were better. I used my iPad. Meh.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Autograph book 1878
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:12:56 PM »
One more

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Autograph book 1878
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:05:07 PM »
Hereís another.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Autograph book 1878
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:45:41 AM »
(Sorry itís sideways...I had it saved horizontally but it flipped when I posted it)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Autograph book 1878
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:42:57 AM »
I picked up a sweet autograph book last year with 40 pages of handwriting. I didnít realize until I got it home that thereís even a small hair wreath on one of the pages. Here is a lovely page.

Truly amazing craftsmanship! And made from a bullet! You must have quite a collection...

This is sweet!  Did you find it at an antiques show?

Truth! I was at Catholic school too and only from K through 2nd grade.

Maybe in the future there will be handwriting clubs in schools. Kind of like the Finer Things Club, if you've ever watched The Office.

I love NPR and just want them to like everything I like. Beautiful handwriting will always be an admired skill/art form. Offering it as an elective gives me hope that my 2nd grade Excellence in Handwriting Award meant something (which of course only meant I was a bit of an obsessive rule follower).

As a side note, I work in a law office and am involved in document signings almost daily. It's always fun to see what the signatures are like, especially since a majority of our clients are elderly. The older women are often apologetic that their signatures have grown wobbly with age - and yet their signatures are usually quite lovely. Men more frequently make a scribble, and do it forcefully. My Pop Psychology degree leads me to infer that it's another way for insecure men to show their importance and authority.  ;D

Oh look! Yet another story on NPR yammering about why teaching handwriting is pointless and obsolete.

I found this statement particularly infuriating: Some people still talk about cursive instruction as instilling self-discipline. But the only jobs that require fastidious penmanship these days are tattoo artist or addressing wedding invitations.

Note the writer says "fastidious penmanship" not beautiful or elegant.  More to the point, I don't think everything we teach in schools needs to equate to a job skill. If that was the case, most of us wouldn't have taken trigonometry.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Your Instagrams
« on: December 17, 2017, 11:07:36 AM »
I posted some pages from an old autograph album I have. There are some nice examples of handwriting and a beautiful page with a flourished bird. Iíll post some more later. Iím @mare2579 on instagram.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Florida
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:35:31 AM »
Hi Jennifer. I'm also from Florida - but the Gulf Coast near Sarasota. Your work is lovely. I'm also a bit of a lurker - and haven't had time to even lurk much lately. Work, family etc. Fits and starts for me. I hope one day to progress beyond "perennial beginner".

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