Monday, January 04, 2010

On long r's and tall a's


The problem with setting up a blog is that sometimes life takes over and the blog gets left behind. Since starting this one I have begun work on a PhD relating to another of my interests - old postcards. As such the calligraphy has had to take a back seat. So this will now be a periodic update when I have things of calligraphic interest. For the time being let me show you a set of wine labels that I did earlier this year, as they were a lot of fun. The commission - and concept - came from Hook design, but I had a lot of freedom with the calligraphy. I have long been interested in the very early gothic scripts which have a number of quirky features. This is the first time I have been able to use the tall minuscule 'a' or the long 'r' in a real piece. As such the design for these letters started in the 12th century, but were heavily updated with elements of bastarda and italic to achieve a fluid gothic script - rather than the very rigid bookhand gothics that we are all used to.

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Hi Peter.

Just to confirm, the King's Favour looks striking on the shelf (Moore Wilson, Wellington) and tastes every bit as good as it looks. Good reason to buy some more! The printing is exceedingly good, congratulations.

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