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Show & Tell / Re: Seventeenth Century Will
« on: March 30, 2020, 01:35:00 PM »
Sir, you a truly a master.

It was also interesting to note the slight variation of the spelling of the father's and his sons' surnames.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Why did you start calligraphy?
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:44:05 AM »
I've  been fascinated with decorative lettering as long as I can remember, and in my early 20s I decided to teach myself calligraphy. My study material was a 21st edition Speedball Text Book (which, sadly, I have long since misplaced), as well as various books by Margaret Shepherd, Tom Gourdie and Arthur Baker.

As other interests developed, I gradually lost interest in calligraphy and eventually totally stopped. Then, a few years ago, I bought my first iPad and discovered Etienne Nguyen's Calligraphy Art app. That rekindled (no hidden pun intended) my interest, and it wasn't long before I replaced my long-lost pens and nibs.

I do it purely for my own pleasure, so I (almost) never accept commissions or charge people for my work that way it remains an enjoyable hobby rather than become a job.

Show & Tell / Re: Calligraphy and music
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:45:40 PM »
Thanks all for your kind comments. My flourishing still has a long way to go, but it is huge fun to practice.

Show & Tell / Calligraphy and music
« on: August 24, 2018, 01:28:50 AM »
I was practicing flourishing while listening to Pavarotti singing "Nessun Dorma" this was the result:

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Whatcha been up to?
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:06:34 AM »
Great thread, Erica it is interesting to see what fellow Flourishers have been up to.

Apart from calligraphy I've also been doing a bit of carpentry, which is a hobby my wife and I share. About a year ago we two people who have no previous cabinetry experiencie got the crazy idea to build a closet from scratch. We drew a plan to scale, from which we compiled a "bill of quantities" and went off to buy the wood. It took two days to cut and assemble everything, and to our surprise it needed almost no design changes during the contruction part. Now my wife has a giant 4-metre-wide floor-to-ceiling closet designed around her exact needs, and we both have the confidence to take on bigger carpentry projects.

On the work front I continue juggling my two careers, advertising copywriter and motorcycle journalist. I lament the fact that I am back in a car again this week, because I am returning the current test bike (a Triumph Bonneville T100) to the manufacturers today. In South Africa bikers can lane-split (ride between two lanes of traffic) legally under specific conditions, which cuts my commuting time in half when I'm on a bike. Also, Spring is peeking around the corner here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it's doubly sad to have to hang up my riding gloves for a while.

Introductions / Re: Hello, Fraktur in NY
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:18:26 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum. Your work certainly looks impressive to me. If you're looking to interact and learn, you've come to the right place there are a lot of talented and helpful people here!

... also, love the new D avatar... beautiful!  ;D

Thank you indeed.

And on top of all of that, may bad things happen to him...

But to be fair, that first image with the illuminated letter is straight up art, not like everyone was engrossing every letter or note page they wrote haha!

I agree. I think it is unfair to compare illuminated manuscripts or business writing with everyday handwriting how many of us calligraphers don't have untidy everyday hands? Mine certainly devolves into a barely legible mess when I am jotting down notes for my own later reference. At that specific moment it is a case of function over form, for whatever reason.

Remember that writing was developed for utility purposes first, and only became an art form later.

Incidentally, on to a pet peeve: in my experience, articles headed "Photographs that prove XYZ" in fact rarely prove anything because of the highly selective comparisons they usually make.

That said, I don't argue the fact that our art is (if not dying) is at least become increasingly niche the difficulty of finding calligraphy supplies is South Africa compared to when I started three decades ago, is ample proof.

Perhaps I should take pictures of the limited selections of pens and inks in mainstream stationery shops and blog them under the title: Photos that prove that things change  ;)

Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:19:02 PM »
Hi and welcome, Lorna! Hope you enjoy being on the forum as much as I do.

Magnificent. You are a true master, sir.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Dallas!
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:44:34 AM »
Hello and welcome! I'm sure you'll find the Forum to be the place to hang out with like-minded folks.

Show & Tell / Uninspired
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:15:26 PM »
I was trying to get inspired to write something, so I started with the word "Inspiration"and ended up with this:

Show & Tell / Re: Flourish Art
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:22:26 AM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Digital calligraphy
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:58:25 AM »
The tactile feel is not so much different as it is absent altogether  :D

That said, I find switching between tablet and pen-and-paper to be fairly easy. The tablet works well for maintaining muscle memory, and also (because I can undo and erase) developing design ideas I guess you could call it rapid prototyping  ;) .

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