I am thrilled by the feedback of Maybelle’s interview! I won’t keep you waiting, because I know you are anxious to read more, so without further ado…
Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?
Look at lots of examples, Seek out teachers who offer a style that you really admire, and approach them. Keep an eye out for special collections at libraries, and exhibits at art museums. The work that you do should feel like it’s coming from you.
Any recommendations of books or classes for lettering enthusiasts to further their studies?
I would recommend IAMPETH, aka the calligraphy convention, I didn’t attend until after ten years of doing this professionally. There are certainly rules to follow, and be prepared to be writing in calligraphy for 8 hours a day with master calligraphers, some of them are in their 80s and 90s, National treasures! One of the things I love is that you have access to their archives, I wished I discovered it early on last year. If you attend the next one in Indianapolis, be sure to visit the archive room sooner rather than later.
As for books, I love this book Mira Calligraphae Monumenta, but there is a pinterest board. Scripts by Louise Fili, Missing Ink: The lost art of handwriting, (required reading for anyone who loves lettering) and this book of ephemera, (you can find it at Kinokinuya). [Read more…]