Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Calligraphy is not only a question of technique and skills but also a spiritual matter. Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand and arranging them well. It's a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, some sort of ancestry, rhythm and creative fire.

The Greek derivation of 'calligraphy' translates simply as 'beautiful writing'. But the word has taken on a larger meaning. Bear in mind that the first goals of handwriting are to be quickly and easily written and accurately read. Beauty, personality and artistic impact are not as important in handwriting as clarity and speed.

So, although calligraphy is a kind of handwriting, and some handwriting is calligraphic in appearance, they are not the same. It's the difference between 'writing as an art form' and 'artistic-looking handwriting'. Calligraphy aims to produce an 'art' reaction, in which a deeper meaning is communicated from artist to viewer, and the viewer feels invited to think a new thought in response. Handwriting, by contrast, aims to be read.

BENEFITS of CALLIGRAPHY