The aesthetic I have chosen to explore is calligraphy. I have always been interested in how people can use writing to create art instead of a picture. Calligraphy is defined as “fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting” by dictionary.com . Historically, calligraphy dates back to before 500 BC and was used in a variety of cultures. The art was practiced early on with the Arabic language, once being used solely for legibility. The practice soon turned into the art form we know today. Calligraphy was also popular in China where they perfected brushes specifically for the art . The images below show examples of traditional Arabic (left) and Chinese (right) calligraphy.
Today, calligraphy is used to create anything from phone backgrounds to wedding invitations. There is something about it that is so pleasing to look at, even when it isn’t saying much at all. I often find examples of calligraphy used to write quotes or inspirational phrases, but examples that simply show the alphabet can be just as beautiful.
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