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Hannah Koch

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of Calligraphy

Calligraphy What is it? Calligraphy is a type of visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke. When: 2,000-1,500 BC

Where: Calligraphy or "Shu Fa" is the traditional Chinese art form of writing and the oldest Asian script used. What is it used for? "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" Derived from the Greek words "beauty" and "writing" Besides the images one can create, calligraphy encompasses or is influential to other relevant topics: book design, manuscript books, bookbinding, typeface design, logo design, sign making, handwriting, calligraphy as illustration, calligraphy as artistic expression. Why is it not as popular anymore? Today there is not much need for calligraphy. Although it is beautiful and requires talent and skill, modern technologies are replacing the need for it. Not very many people are going to go out and buy brushes, paper and special ink in order to write a letter when one can simply find a pretty font on word and print it digitally for a fraction of the cost and effort.
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