Trace the outline of discovery as WINGIN'
a bold swash through the history of handwriting. Fifth in our series,
The Written Word*, Volume 3 Number 12, presents 40 pages
plus a stitch bound, gate folded mini book of 18 ornamental freehand
pen flourishes. Instructions for drawing a 14th century cadel
and creating a wearable initial as well as templates for making
a calligraphy-decorated butterfly wreath are also included.
Loaded with more than 55 period visuals and examples
by noted masters of pencraft, this issue gives you a definitive
understanding of how handwriting evolved in the Western world. Gender
bias definitely perfumed the parchment. Many male instructors boasted
inflated egos clearly evidenced in copy books filled with flamboyant
flourishes and inked eccentricities. Nevertheless, their dedication
to instilling the finer points of craftsmanship improved their students'
self esteem. Practicing penmanship still develops fine motor skills,
moral values, and self confidence. Having a good hand indicates
the writer values the recipient, the act of corresponding, and the
ability to communicate in an attractive, eye-pleasing manner. The
fact that today's public schools advocate abolishing instruction
in cursive writing forces the craft to the brink of extinction.
Ironically, obsolescence creates value which adds a unique twist
to the historic legacy presented in PENMANSHIP -- Footnotes and
* Part I of THE WRITTEN WORD introduces
Ancient Scripts (Volume 3, Number 2). Part II describes
the epitomy of calligraphy in Persia -- Poetic Passion (Vol
3, No 3). Part III covers Runes -- The Celtic Connection,
while Part IV is an illustrated history of how Western literature
was saved by The Holy Roman Empire -- Sinners, Saints, and
Saviors (Vol 3, No 6). Part V, Penmanship
-- Footnotes and Flourishes, traces the development of Western
handwriting. Issues may be purchased individually or as a five-part
slip cased gift set.
Parts I - V Slip Cased Set ($100 includes shipping/handling)
Part V, Individual Issue ($20 includes shipping/handling)
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