Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Master penmen

To follow up on the dirge in my heart for schools giving up cursive, I wanted to share a wonderful site I found long ago. It is the site of The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. Otherwise known as IAMPETH. Founded in 1949, it is pretty much encapsulated in the name (except I don't know what Engrossers are). Its dedication is worn on its sleeve.

These are artists, like calligraphers in Japan who are considered national treasures. These people are treasures. And these are the images that new swoopy gorgeous script fonts are based on. These are the examples of masters and lovers of the written word, meaning written and not typed. Who are these incredible souls?

All images are courtesy the IAMPETH website

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