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B4105. On Softer Ground / Lovler B4105. On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy by Sherrie Lovler. 2015. 64pp. 8.25"x8.25" Hardcover
In this beautiful book, Sherrie Lovler pairs her poetry with her paintings, which often have calligraphic elements. It is the result of a 7-year artistic journey.
The book is a 2016 medal winner for Most Outstanding Book Design from Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) .
B4181. Dual Letter /Tohyama B4181. Dual Letter by Yumi Tohyama. 2006. 106pp. 10.2"x7.3". Hardcover.
Yumi Tohyama has created a system of writing where English words, composed of alphabetic characters, are presented in kanji form. To form the kanji equivalent of the English word, she varies size, shape, position, and orientation of the western letters. The resulting character can be read both as a Japanese kanji (Chinese) character and as an English word composed of individual letters. She then combines these characters/words to create calligraphic textual/textural compositions. In this beautiful and exquisite book, she explains her premise (in both Japanese and English) and presents 66 dual-letter works.
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical.../Ames B368. Ames Compendium of Practical & Ornamental Penmanship By Daniel T.Ames. 1883. Reprint 1978. 60pp. 8.5"x11". Three-ring Binder
Eight pages of good instruction on writing and letterforms (Spencerian & Copperplate) are followed by examples and alphabets. Flourishing (birds, feathers, etc.) is next, followed by pages of 19th-century ornamental lettering of all sorts. If you are interested in pointed pen writing, this book is a must buy.
B4050. Handgeschriebene Schriften B4050. Handgeschriebene Schriften by Franz Endress. 2012. 64pp. 4"x6.25". Paper.
A reprint of a German lettering manual, circa 1914. The 48 hands presented include monoline scripts with and without serifs, broad-edged cursive alphabets, and a variety of Blackletter alphabets: Schwabacher, Fraktur, and several variations of Deutche (German) Schrift. It is reminiscent of the early Speedball Textbooks, though in a smaller format. This 64 page single signature book is bound in an unusual way. The signature and cover are sewn together with continuous stitches along the spine with a sewing machine. Text is in German.
Handgeschriebene Schriften Schriften vorlagen für einfache und leicht auszuführende beschriftungen in verschiedenartiger anwendung in der technik, fur Gewerbe, Schule und Haus, auch für den Selbstunterricht zusammengestellt von Franz Endress.
Handwritten Letters: Model alphabets that are simple and easy to follow, which have a wide variety of applications in industry, business, school, and home. Also for self-study. Compiled by Franz Endress
This book starts with your handwriting and, through a series of exercises and experiments, uses it as a base for calligraphic writing and expressive calligraphic works that combine graphic mark-making with writing. The text is in German. The author and her work have been featured in Letter Arts Review.
B4266. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation / Jonas B4266. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation: A New Approach by Gina Jonas. 2018. 272 pp. 8.75"x11.5". Hardcover, concealed spiral binding.
In her highly innovative, holistic approach, Jonas invites you to integrate mind, body, and feeling as the foundation for calligraphic art. As meditation, you cultivate a relaxed, alert state of mind -- coordinating the breath with stroke and letter making. In this tool-centered approach, you explore such calligraphic essentials as movement and contact through training alphabets that include Playball and Proteus. The book’s exercises build skill and confidence developmentally. They focus on design (letter, text, alphabet), ductus (“target practice”), dynamics (stroke technique, rhythm), spacing, creativity, and play. By always beginning with warm-ups, you are prepared to merge flow with form to create living letterforms. Full of color illustrations and diagrams.
Gina Jonas is author of the JNB bestseller Finding the Flow (B2830). That book explores the energy, touch, and rhythmical movement essential to the living letterform: its flow. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation incorporates that exploration of flow as it delves deeply into the structural and design fundamentals of calligraphic writing: its form. And through the marriage of flow and form you learn to create vital letterforms, alphabets, and word and text images.
Gina Jonas is also the author of Hebrew Calligraphy Styles (B1619).
B4274. Make Ink / Logan Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking Jason Logan. 2018. 192pp. 7.4"x9.25". Hardcover
Delves into the history and methods of ink making from natural materials that are readily available. You learn how to forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits, and black walnut, then how to mix, test, and transform these ingredients into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and environment. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout, this volume combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind’s oldest tools of communication.