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Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Calligraphers still going against type: In a fast-paced world dominated by computers, these masters of handwriting continue to make art from letters. For them, the pen is still mightier than the keyboard
Singh has been practicing her craft for more than 30 years and is fluent in nearly 20 formal lettering styles. Keyboards and keypads may dictate the terms of the written word, but Singh's hand lettering is a reminder that words are not just a means of communication, items of sheer utility, but personal expressions of beauty and persuasion.

"Calligraphy is an art; typing isn't," she says. "When you see letters that have been handwritten, you make a connection that doesn't occur with type. Hand lettering leads to a broader, richer relationship to language."

But in a world bent upon frugality and speed, calligraphy is becoming a marginalized skill, more hobby than profession.
I love the beauty of calligraphy, the elegance. It's a hobby I have practised to some small degree, and so I understand how satisfying it is to create such beauty. But I am a mere amateur; true calligraphers have letters that are nuanced with skill and art. I'm glad that in these days of downloadable fonts, the art of beautiful handwriting is still recognised.

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