I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Monday, October 20, 2014

26 Seeds T-Shirt Design

It sure does take me a while to post on my blog! Life continues to be swift, and in the downtimes I get to play and do calligraphic artwork. This design is a collaboration of 12 calligraphers who are participating in the year-long Reggie Ezell class with me called "26 Seeds." We all contributed letters to this design. 

Here's the skinny on the thinking behind it:

The 26 Seeds just happen to be the 26 letters of the alphabet. We have been learning many variations of many calligraphic hands throughout this past year. The assignment I gave to all of us was to design two letters each, both being a rendition of any of the variations we learned. So, you have Carolingian, Italic, Brush Lettering, Roman Caps, and many more represented.

Since the 26 letters are the "seeds," they are sprouting/growing out of the planter.

Why does the planter say "I'm Fixin' To?" Reggie, upon entering the world of The Southerners here in North Carolina, kept hearing the phrase "I'm fixin' to....." and made sure he used it in every single session.

Every weekend session that we have has homework that goes with it. I, admittedly, did zero of the homework this time around. This t-shirt design, in my opinion, WAS my homework! It has only taken me two whole months to complete it. I hope it looks really good on the t-shirts

1 comment:

  1. Looks great, Kerr! How did it look on the t-shirt?