Monday, October 16, 2017

Parallel evolution

Song of Solomon: timeless love poetry in contemporary calligraphy. 
The series of Song of Songs is on view at First Church, Boston, until November 19, 2017.

Some designs keep evolving till they reach where they want to go; others, however, want to have a second, distinct identity that develops in a different direction.  The design here is from the same “GARDEN ENCLOSED” scripture shown in a different design at left, but the layout is different.   
I used rose stems to form the garden enclosure; this gave me the chance to use the many ascenders and descenders* to suggest leaves.  I took a chance that making the flower stems slightly crooked would not create an uneven tone of voice in the reader’s ear.  I filled the O spaces with orange to look like little fruits in the shrubbery.  

*A feature of lower case letters, ascenders go up: b, d, f, h, k, l, and half-way t. Descenders go down: g, j, p, q, y, sometimes f.  Sometimes you need to rearrange your layout to give these long lines room to grow; then you will find out what they want to be.  

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