December 3rd, 2010

C is for Calligraphy that pushes the boundaries

I have always been told I have lovely handwriting. I use a variety of written typefaces to suit my moods and for particular situations. I have often fallen harder for a lover with nice penmanship and find writing shopping lists in a hurry an agonising process. That said, I will never attempt to produce my own calligraphy. By over scrutinising, jobs wouldn’t be completed and so I prefer to leave it to the experts such as Sydney based Julie Williams. She creates typographic magic for Zed & Bee’s clients and is even able to mimic commercial typefaces.

The Letter C is for the calligraphers who push the boundaries beyond a piece of paper.

Image 1. Seasoned calligrapher Andrew van der Merwe translated his ‘doodles’ to the sandscapes of Cape Town becoming the world’s first beach calligrapher. His handiwork is captured, lit by moody sunsets, in dramatic photographs.

Image 2. Letman “is cuckoo about letters, he loves them, so far is certain”. With a portfolio as varied and inspirational as Letman’s, his website deserves bookmarking for an outpouring of lettered loveliness.

Image 3. Julien Breton’s mind blowing Light Calligraphy has been doing the cyber rounds for some time. Incase you live under a rock, check out his stunning, photoshop-free creations.

Image 4. Everyone in the invitation scene has heard of Betsy Dunlap. Invitation designers hope their client’s budgets extend to include a little of Betsy’s brilliance on top of design, set up costs, printing etc. We’re still waiting… and hoping…