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Contemporary Calligraphy: How to Use Formal Scripts Today [Hardcover]

Gillian Hazeldine
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30 Oct 2011
Contemporary Calligraphy describes in detail and demonstrates clearly through the many accompanying diagrams, how to write formal scripts well and then adapt and vary them to enhance and interpret texts. The book begins with a historical overview of letters from the Trajan inscription of 110 AD to the Renaissance. There is a comprehensive section on tools and materials and how to begin. Then the focus is on good writing of six major scripts based on historical models, moving on to show how each script can be adapted through weight and form change, pen manipulation and pressure change to make it a lively and contemporary form. Design, layout, use of colour and information on paper are included, along with the use of alternative tools, the pencil and the pointed brush, to draw and paint letters. The book is a comprehensive and practical manual for both the beginner and for the more experienced student who wants to take their writing up to another level.

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709087454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709087458
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Hazeldine is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI) and a Full Member of Letter Exchange. Originally trained in Graphic Design, she worked in advertising for twenty years before beginning calligraphy. Her work has been published in many books and journals and she teaches widely at all levels. She is co-author of the SSI's Correspondence Course and a tutor on the SSI's Advanced Training Scheme. She lives in North Yorkshire with her husband.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 9 Sep 2012
By McPunky
Some lovely ideas in this book. Takes simple styles of writing and explains all sorts of variables to make them interesting and suit different contexts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas present 15 Dec 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband as he has become interested in calligraphy. His teacher recommended it to me and he has found it an extremely useful source of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calligraphy 18 Feb 2012
By GeorgeH
The book was sent as a gift and the recipient was highly delighted. It arrived on time as a birthday present so I was not let down by the service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for beginning Calligraphers 1 Sep 2013
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This book included helpful diagrams, and there was clear and detailed information. It was recommended at a Calligraphy conference I went to recently.
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