My copy arrived in the mail today and every page is a visual delight! Seriously!
It seems to me, and this is only MY OPINION, years ago, calligraphy was primarily beautifully executed letters (typically in black ink), on plain paper (typically white or cream) and the lettering was a straightforward quote of some sort, very often religious in nature. There might have been a simple illustration along side the quote, but that was about as exciting as it got. Well, kids, this is not your Grandfather's calligraphy anymore!!!
I would be hard pressed to tell you what image is my favorite, but here are a few of what I think are the best entries in this year's Review... (click on the images to get a larger view in a new window)...
by Gabriella Sabbadin
I'm excited about the future of calligraphy after seeing this amazing collection of lettering on various substrates! Perhaps some of my excitement stems from the fact that this is the sort of artwork that I really, really love... but mostly because it is unique, thoughtful, inspired, and very, very current... the sort of artwork that people of pretty much all ages might find interesting. Maybe the word I'm looking for is relevant... and this is relevant FINE ART, definitely not your Grandfather's calligraphy anymore!
Disclaimer: Please know I am not knocking traditional calligraphy... it has its place and it was done with as much, if not more, care and skill as anything being produced today. This is just my personal preference. There are many, many incredible works made by master calligraphers that I am in awe of... it's just not the sort of lettering art I want to make. That's all I'm saying.