B4083. Journeys in Calligraphy / Lach B4083. Journeys in Calligraphy: Inspiring Scripts from Around the World by Denise Lach. 2015. 192pp. 9.25"x10.2". Hardcover.
Not only do scripts and alphabets form bridges between cultures, but their history and the stories they tell are the perfect springboard for calligraphic experimentation. From India to Ethiopia, Tibet and beyond, Lach has travelled widely in the world of script. Here, she documents complex and simple characters, playful shapes, and vibrant colors, which she then translates into her own visual art. She demonstrates the exciting design possibilities offered by script: you can repeat, turn, mirror, and rotate letters; you can also experiment with rhythms, contrasts, colors, and line widths. In addition to calligraphic techniques, Lach introduces examples from printmaking, fabric printing, collage making, and digital techniques. As illustrated by its beautifully photographed works of art – on paper, stone, fabric, or ceramic material – Journeys in Calligraphy will take you to many surprising destinations.
B3435. About More Alphabets (Zapf) / Kelly About More Alphabets: The Types of Hermann Zapf by Jerry Kelly with a foreword by Robert Bringhurst. 2011. 112pp. 4.5"x7". Hardcover
In 1960, the Typophiles published a now-treasured chapbook on Hermann Zapf's metal faces. More than 50 years later, this new volume brings you up-to-date, presenting a selection of his major alphabet design projects. Even as letterforms changed from metal to phototype to digital, Zapf continued to produce exceptional typefaces - most drawing from pen-made forms. The book is filled with type drawings and trials and other illustrations, some rarely seen. Purchase your copy of this finely-printed letter art treasure designed by Jerry Kelly. (As a used book, the first Zapf chapbook can command $100 or more.). Typophile Chap Book New Series no. 3.
B2919. Celebration of Calligraphy / SSI Celebration of Calligraphy: Seventy-Five Years of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators. 1996. 64pp. 8.25"x10.5". Paper
Another great SSI Catalog filled with calligraphic eye-candy, English style. Includes pieces by Marie Angel, Denis Brown, Heather Child, Hazel Dolby, Gaynor Goffe, Anne Hechle, David Howels, Donald Jackson, Janet Mehigan, Timothy Noad, Irene Wellington and more. This collection of exquisite calligraphy, illumination, heraldry and lettering celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators (SSI).
B3398. WordsWork / Australian Society WordsWork: Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand - 2009-2010. 2010. 150pp. 8.75x11.25. Paper
Presents the talents of 72 Australian and New Zealand calligraphers and lettering artists. It is a showcase of traditional and nontraditional calligraphic art, from works on canvas, vellum, and paper to sculptures, book art, clothing, ceramics and more. 170 color photos. Published by the Australian Society of Calligraphers. Full-color throughout.
B3417. Scripsit: WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibiton WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition Scripsit. 2011. 48pp. 8.5x11. Paper
This visual feast of calligraphy presents, in full-color, over 75 works of lettering art. The pieces are by Karen Ackoff, Pat Blair, Tim Botts, Annie Cicale, Nancy Culmone, Kristen Doty, Reggie Ezell, Ann Hechle, Eliza Holliday, Mike Kecseg, Patte Leathe, Carl Kurtz, Jean Larcher, Judy Melvin, Diane Von Arx Anderson, Julian Waters, Sheila Waters, Hermann Zapf and many others.
The issue also includes highlights from the 35 years of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, photos from the opening of the exhibit and a memorial section for Ann Pope. Six of the pieces are from the Nice Rendition Exhibit (and book), which was also part of this show. The exhibit was held April 14 - June 5, 2011.
B3409. Graceful Envelope (I) The Graceful Envelope (I). 32pp. 7x10. Paper
This first book of Graceful Envelopes is full-color throughout and displays 30 decorated envelopes with comments on the design and the calligrapher. Includes envelopes by Flo Cole, Katherine Malmsten, Virginia Meltzer, Valerie Weilmuenster and many more, All 116 of the calligraphers (who submitted a total of 200 envelopes) are listed. Published by the Smithsonian.
B3374. Scripsit: Hand & Heart: Calligraphers Embellish Family Celebrations Hand & Heart: Calligraphers Embellish Family Celebrations. Scripsit Issue. 2010. 48pp. 8.5x11. Paper.
Presents wedding and event calligraphy of Lee Ann Clark (pointed pen), Patty Leve (ketubot), Joan Machinchick (mostly Italic in creative formats), Tamara Stoneburner (mostly pointed pen) and Chris Tischer (Italic). Includes wedding announcements, invitations, reply cards, menus, a seating chart, a guest book, and an anniversary announcement; certificates of marriage and Jewish wedding contracts (ketubot); and family trees. Full-color throughout.
B3244. Calligraphy / Lach Calligraphy by Denise Lach. 2009. 192pp. 9.25" x 10.25". Paperback
This striking and original book is a gallery of Lach’s calligraphic work and techniques. She presents the tools she uses in her work, each with illustrative examples: broad-edge nibs, Automatic pens, Pilot Parallel pens, music nibs (for writing the notes, not the 5-line staff the notes are placed on), plus reed pens & bamboo pens, felt-tip pens, and brushes. There are multi-page sections on using the ruling pen, cola pen (made from an aluminum soda can), and pipettes as lettering tools. Lach briefly discusses - using visual examples - line weight, letter and line spacing, rotation, setting a rhythm, pen position & speed, variations on a theme, organic shapes, concentric compositions, serifs, and depth & density. Then you see how she creates letterforms using stamping with unconventional materials. Examples of stamping include a row of glue-together toothpicks, sharpened sticks, an ordinary cork, foam rubber and sponge. She shows examples of combining tools and techniques in one piece. Throughout the book, with calligraphic compositions from her hand and the photos that inspired them, she invites us to look closely at details and textures in nature, expand our powers of observation and find creative ideas in the world around us.
B3124. Parallel Pen Wizardry Book / Broadbent Parallel Pen Wizardry (Book) by Brenda Broadbent. 2003. 24pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
This instructional book for the popular Parallel Pen will help you explore this very versatile calligraphy fountain pen. To start with are cartridge tips and tricks and instructions for using other writing fluids: inks (including acrylics), watercolor, and gouache. Includes a chart of waterproof inks that have worked well in the Parallel Pen. Writing and drawing with the pen are explored: monoline, flourishes, color blending, expressive and experimental forms, writing on fabric. Sample alphabets: Gothicized Italic (Sheila Waters), Gothic (Ward Dunham), Uncial (Gina Jonas).
B2783. Calligraphic Line / Burgert The Calligraphic Line: Thoughts on the Art of Writing
By Hans-Joachim Burgert. 2nd edition. Translated by Brody Neuenschwander. (1989) 2002. Approx 177pp. 8.5"x11". Paper Spiral.
Presents Burgert's perspective on the role of form and function in calligraphy and writing, the history of the graphic form (symbol/writing/calligraphy), the need and development of cursive writing and alphabets. The second section presents Burgert’s thoughts on the place of calligraphy in the Western world after the invention of printing from type and its relationship to type. Note that this is a photocopy reproduction. The quality of the illustrations vary, but all are photocopies.