Book Review: Calligraphy and Lettering: A Maker's Guide

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Calligraphy & Lettering: A Maker's Guide is a 176-page paperback published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

The content is presented in a rather academic, in other words detailed, manner and has 15 hands-on projects that cover various types of calligraphy art. This full list of contents below will give you a good idea of what's included.

  • Calligraphy & lettering today - Denis Lach
  • Tools & materials
  • Getting started
  • Skeleton letterforms
  • Making a layout
  • Making a finished piece
  • - CLASSIC CALLIGRAPHY
  • Roman capitals
  • Foundational hand
  • Gothic script
  • Italic script
  • - CAPITALS & INITIALS
  • Decorated letters
  • Illuminated letters
  • Embossing and debossing
  • Monograms
  • - DECORATION & DISPLAY
  • Pen florishes
  • Chalkboard lettering
  • Vintage sign writing
  • Painted lettering
  • Everyday penmanship
  • - BEYOND WESTERN CALLIGRAPHY
  • Japanese calligraphy
  • Zoomorphic calligraphy

Basically, the book covers classic calligraphy and decorative calligraphy art. The projects are step-by-step guides and the examples are beautiful and inspiring.

The list of artists and instructors who contributed to the book are Douglas Bevans, Jack Hollands, Keiko Shimoda, Emiko Hashiguchi, Susan Hufton and Michael Tilly.

This is an insightful and accessible book on calligraphy for those who are serious on learning the craft.

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This review copy is provided by book seller and distributor APD Singapore (website | facebook). You can get the book from them and major bookstores in Southeast Asia.

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