In this age of keyboards, touch screens, hand-held devices and email, handwriting seems on the verge of becoming a lost practice, much less a lost art. The calligraphers in Friends of the Alphabet’s “Illuminated Letters,” held on March 6, are keeping it alive.
Like the monks who created medieval manuscripts, they demonstrated Copperplate and Spencerian scripts, flourished Italic, Carolingian and Lombardic, and the letter forms of Persian, Indian, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Chinese calligraphy, working in silence in a darkened room. Only their hands were illuminated.
Felipe Barral captures the drama of the event and the exquisite art of calligraphy in this video.