The word calligraphy comes from the greek (κάλλος kalli “beauty” + γραφή graphẽ “writing”). It is considered by many as a true form of art.
It is known as the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. At the present time, the contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”.
The history of Calligraphy started by the time we (human beings) created “our” non-verbal communication and began using pictograms to interact with each other and the world.
Nowadays, calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding invitations, font design, typography, announcements, not to mention graphic design. It is also commonly used in religious art, announcements, and commissioned calligraphic art and much more.
Here are some fun and cool facts about the ancient art of Calligraphy:
Calligraphy as a form of art!
In the Middle East and East Asia, Calligraphy is highly considered as a form of art, in fact, it’s even preferred to any other art form such as painting and sculpture. It was in China, during the Jin and Tang Dynasties that calligraphy reached its height.
The word Calligraphy was only introduced in the 16th century!
By the end of the 16th century, a new word that means “calligraphy” was introduced in most European languages. The word “Calligraphy” is present in the English language since 1613.
Calligraphy to reach “Zen”
In fact, the Japanese Calligraphy Shodo is taught in many schools to achieve mindfulness. Thich Nhat, “The Zen Leader” is known for practicing calligraphy in his journey to achieve the state of “Zen”.
In East Asia, calligraphers usually used Ink Brush for calligraphy. The body of the brush is made using bamboo or other materials such as ivory, silver, red sandalwood or jade. The hairs of the brush were made from hairs from the Siberian weasel, mouse, wolf, pig, goat, fowl, and even human hair.
The invention of the Dip Pens
In the 19th century, Dip Pens appeared. It was similar to a Quill (pen made of flight feather) but has a metal nib and a handle. Dip pens need to be dipped in the inkpot. At the present time, they are mainly used for advanced forms of calligraphy and illustration.
Master Penmen Association
There is an international association for “Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting” that aims to practice and preserve the art of Calligraphy. It was founded in 1949 and counts with more than 1000 members.
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