Steady as she goes

Steady as she goes

When I created a category dedicated to the accoutrements of writing and drawing, I had in mind pens and their ilk and the ink or carbon they deploy.  I never thought of a bracelet until I saw this short video about two young women, one a graphic designer, the other an...
Shaping words and forming letters

Shaping words and forming letters

It’s unusual to read such a detailed comment on the act of writing by hand.  But once you have the paper chosen and the pen filled, it’s an absorbing motion.  And such care taken by someone who is writing letters he never sends. ‘He cleared his bench and began...
Handwriting as clothing

Handwriting as clothing

Those were the days, when you could flaunt and vaunt through the thrill of the quill. The investment of time and effort was huge, however.  Having learned you would have to stop every few lines to re-sharpen the nib, an action that echoes in ‘pen-knife’, I have new...
Handwriting as clothing II

Handwriting as clothing II

Stansted Park is an elegant house set in 1,700 acres of park and woodland in the south of England. Built in 1688, it burned down in 1900 and was reconstructed three years later.   It has a beautiful arboretum, perfect for warm afternoon reading or thinking (or both),...

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