What a way to start the weekend. Thanks to Alexandra Lange for writing a wonderful article about calligraphers on Instagram and including a few of my thoughts as well. The article: The Calligraphy Stars of Instagram.
She also shared insights from Seb Lester, John Stevens, Faust New York, and showed work by Gail Madalag and Artem Stepanov, all calligraphy heroes of mine.
I am humbled and thrilled to be mentioned and quoted in the article, since I’m just a student and nowhere near as skilled as any of the calligraphers in the article. But I do love Instagram and how it connects people who love calligraphy from all over the world. Hooray for calligraphy!
My letter to Joy (photo by Joy)
When I was in my teens, one of my favorite things to do was to write notes and send letters. I prided myself on excellent penmanship, vast collection of cute stationery and supplies, and a great, big, glorious callus on my right hand from years of writing. Of course, when email came along and became the standard of written communication, I traded my pens and pencils for my mouse and keyboard like everyone else.
I missed writing of course. There’s nothing like sitting down with a pencil in hand and a clean white sheet of paper in front of you. For some reason, expressing your thoughts via brain to hand, to pen, and then to paper feels differently than clicking away on the keyboard and seeing letters form into words and into sentences. with the physical act of writing, you compose your thoughts and organize them in a better way. So when I met fellow calligraphy/writing enthusiasts on Instagram who suggested trading envelopes, I jumped at the opportunity!