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Journeys in Calligraphy

Inspiring Scripts from Around the World

Denise Lach


A survey of how scripts from around the world can serve as striking and original sources of design inspiration

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Scripts from around the world can serve as striking and original sources of design inspiration. 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, Denise Lach has travelled widely in the world of script. Here, she documents complex and simple characters, playful shapes and vibrant colours, 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, colours and line widths. In addition to calligraphic techniques, Lach introduces examples from printmaking, fabric printing, collage making and digital techniques. Brimming with beautifully photographed works of art – on paper, stone, fabric or ceramic material – Journeys in Calligraphy will take you to many surprising destinations.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 28 September 2015

ISBN: 9780500518199

Contents List

Introduction • Early Writing • Ethiopian Script • Swahili • Kannada • Tibetan • Burman • Runes • Malay Script • Other Journeys

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.