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Micrography - history & modernization

The art of words

Kathryn Dumouchelle

on 22 February 2018

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Transcript of Micrography - history & modernization

Also called microcalligraphy, a Jewish form of calligrams (words made to look like an image) developed in the 19th century.
it has become encompassed by typography, a modern mass-media phenomenon.
derived from the greek words for "form" and "writing,"

typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.
Project Ideas:
Create a Self Portrait
Create a Landscape
An Advertisement
Micrography uses Hebrew letters to form representational, geometric, abstract designs.
Reflect on your identity.
Use 40 positive words that describe you. (Words will be the contour of your face)
Hebrew Letters form representational, geometric or abstract designs.
Micrography & Design
Traditional Microcalligraphy is black and white
so any colored
is very
It also has parallels in Christianity & Islam
Islamic microcalligraphy
Modern Versions of Micrography:
Simple to Complex
Micrography in Advertising
Portraits & Legends
Visually advertise for a product, company, group, movie, team, etc.
Just have fun!
Wish upon a star & make it interesting!
Micrography provided a way for artists to remain devout observers of Jewish Law.
Historical Reference: religion vs. art
Art adopted in Islamic art due to similar restrictions in Muslim law.
1. Choose a subject for your micrography: representational, abstract or geometric
2. Make a LIGHT, LIGHT, SOFT, LIGHT contour drawing.
3. Choose an approach - Micrography: about the image MORE than the words
- Typography- making the WORDS visible

4. Replace the lines with words or fill in the space with words.
I'm done, now what?
1. Check - is 90% of your paper filled? Did it use different values? Micro - image is visible or Typo - image & words visible? Does it look neat, well made, well-crafted, detailed?
Extension assignment: use a drawing program on the computer to create a micrography/typography piece.

Visual directions for micrography: http://www.showme.com/sh/?h=kylvEEy
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