Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday Wonder: Art of Hand-Lettering

Had I learned in elementary school to hand-write as artist Luca Barcellona does here, I might have had an entirely different career in letters.

Today's Wednesday Wonder features this video of Barcellona hand-writing (in Fraktur script) the words Legacy of Letters, which happens to be the title of a 10-day lettering tour, held this year from June 14 through June 24, through Italy's Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions. Participants visited sites in Aquileia, Padua, Verona, Venice, and Rimini, among other places, each offering examples of extraordinary inscriptional lettering. The 2010 "Legacy of Letters" tour, organized by Paul Shaw and Alta Price, attracted calligraphers, graphic designers, art historians, artists, architects, and others who enjoy the art of lettering. 


Legacy of Letters from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.

My thanks to DesignSponge, where I first learned of this video.

Barcellona's Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Photostream on Flickr

Legacy of Letters Tour on FaceBook

Copic Markers

FrackturWeb

Note: Legacy of Letters tours went on hiatus until this year. The first tour took place in 1997.

7 comments:

M.L. Gallagher said...

Wow -- for five minutes I watched him write and was absolutely enthralled.

That is talent and beauty and wow!

Robin Arnold said...

Calligraphy is a wonder to me.

n. davis rosback said...

i think i held my breath for the whole video

Laura said...

This is breathtakingly beautiful to me. I once tried to teach myself Calligraphy, but I think one must have a good teacher to show the proper way to turn the nib, as I failed miserably.

Cheryl Smith said...

I am breathless, captivated by the movement on paper and strings. Beauty, and in five minutes?

That's insane, in the most wonderful way.

Kathleen Overby said...

May I say that when he put the flourish on the 'Y's' tail it made me really content? Lovely work. Words should be beautiful on the flat, also. Right?

shrinkingthecamel.com said...

Very cool. Never thought of letters as an art form, but there you have it. (literally)