Calligraphy A Book of Contemporary Inspiration by Denise Lach



Calligraphy A Book of Contemporary Inspiration by Denise Lach


The Introduction to the book
There are many books about learning calligraphy skills on the market, but this is not intended to be one of them. Instead, it is about exploring the design potential of handwritten script, with an emphasis on texture, individuality and creativity, as a complement to the typefaces that are now available.

It does not assume or demand any knowledge of classical calligraphy. Nor is it a guidebook that provides technical tips and thorough descriptions of tools. The images are intended to act as visual inspiration, rooted in the world around us. Nature is a wonderfully fruitful source of ideas - an invitation to look and also to meditate, an act that is closely connected with writing.

The word 'texture' comes from the Latin textere, 'to weave'. The term can refer to the appearance and feel of any substance or surface, or to the combination of elements within a literary or musical work. In the 15th century, a blackletter script called Textura (or Textualis) was developed, with very upright strokes that created a grid-like effect.

There are many factors that influence the texture or 'weave' of a piece of calligraphy: the combination and arrangement of words, the size and weight of the letterforms, the balance between black and white, the speed of writing, the writing instrument and the way it is used are the most basic of these. Pieces that are mainly in black and white create the strongest visual contrast. Every extra colour is an additional design element and distracts the eye.

There are no ground rules to playing with scripts other than fun and enthusiasm. Handwriting provides a means for anybody to work with text, but the richer your knowledge of forms and styles, the greater the design possibilities. Nonetheless, there are still some rules and guidelines to be followed. It's only when you know the rules that you can break them.

The basic principles of historical script are timeless. By writing with these scripts, you come to understand their characteristics and formal aspects. You develop an eye and improve your sense of rhythm and unity. When you take these things on board, you become able to make progress and set your own limits. Boundaries can actually be an aid to creative freedom. Handwritten scripts also highlight the fact that legibility is not the most important factor. The double pages that juxtapose photographs with textural calligraphy give a pictorial context for personal pieces that are intended to evoke a mood. Other pieces in the book are based on an extract from a German text by Albert Einstein that talks about lettering and coincidences. All the illustrated examples can be further developed and expanded. They are simply intended to stimulate and inspire. The design possibilities for creating new calligraphy pieces and compositions are endless.

Captions for the images that are not described in the text can be found at the back of the book.

Bookseller's Comments
It has taken a lot of lobbying with the publisher's to get them to decide to go ahead and reprint the amazing book but we got there. This is a book that would sit proudly on any calligrapher's bookshelf. Highly recommended.

1st paperback edition 2013, paperback, 192pp, 259 illustrations 100 of which are in full colour, 24 x 26.5 cm

Calligraphy A Book of Contemporary Inspiration by Denise Lach
16.95 EUR 20.90