This was in Leeds Central Library’s Artspace where the exhibitors are usually local artists or groups . This time it was –
I love calligraphy , in any language and once took a course in it – thinking I might do some later…. So I could have been in this group . A good piece must be readable within the rules of the script , look good and be well placed in terms of anything else on the page/the meaning of the words . By ‘looking good’ I mean on general principles of colour , line and composition e.g.
These 2 are my favourites ; however the left hand one is quite a bit harder to read in fact – the right hand one was partly behind a pillar but still clearer .
Here is another ‘pillared’ one – a pity since the map drawing and old prints incorporated made it an unusual example .
There was even a calligram – not so usual in the Latin script as the Arabic .
I would have liked it better if it hadn’t said black cats were unlucky – you have to consider the words as well as the skill in the execution of them .
This was a really fun piece about calligraphy itself and the problems even the most skilled have – jogged elbows , cats walking on wet ink , inattention leading to misspelling and repeated words . Apparently we calligraphers have no patron saint but a specialised devil called Titivus . ( I had thought there was a photograph of the right hand side as well but ) .
All the illustrations done by one of my new shiny toys – the smartphone . I will improve I hope , so far I must thank Habib for his patient explanations .
As to categories labelling the post – do you think calligraphy is closer to drawing or painting ?