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Calligraphy & Lettering (Maker’s Guide)

A Maker's Guide

Denise Lach


From Gothic script to brush lettering: fifteen calligraphy projects inspired by the V&A's collections


Aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the increasingly popular art of calligraphy and lettering, this practical introduction showcases many fine examples in the V&A’s collection, and will give readers a new understanding and appreciation of letterforms. Fifteen beautiful step-by-step projects each take their cue from a different technique or tradition. Detailed instructions lead readers through the essentials of classic calligraphy styles such as Gothic and Italic lettering, on to vintage-inspired signwriting and chalkboard design and even into the elegant, image-led worlds of illuminated capitals and zoomorphic calligraphy.

Designed by leading calligraphy teachers and practitioners, the projects include a handmade booklet, banner, menu, gift tags, a monogram stamp, greetings cards and more. Each project offers tips on how to take steps towards developing one’s own designs. This book is packed with inspiration and practical advice to enable anyone to find new creative direction through the timeless arts of calligraphy and hand-lettering.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.5 x 20.5 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Publication date: 25 April 2019

ISBN: 9780500294307

Contents List

Calligraphy & lettering today, Denise Lach • Tools & materials • Getting started • Skeleton letterforms • Making a layout • Making a finished piece • CLASSIC CALLIGRAPHY: Roman capitals • Foundational hand • Gothic script • Italic script • CAPITALS & INITIALS: Decorated letters • Illuminated letters • Embossing & debossing • Monograms • DECORATION & DISPLAY: Pen flourishes • Chalkboard lettering • Vintage sign writing • Painted lettering • Everyday penmanship • BEYOND WESTERN CALLIGRAPHY: Japanese calligraphy • Zoomorphic calligraphy • Glossary; About the makers; Index; Picture credits & acknowledgments

About the Author

Denise Lach teaches serigraphy and conceptual writing at the Basel School of Design, Switzerland, and has held teaching posts all over the world. Her works are shown internationally.