Tuesday, March 16, 2021

American Calligraphy #12: Irish letters

ABCs of the USA: The stories behind America’s most distinctive calligraphy styles. 

People with hyphenated identities have a lot of company in America. Here, for instance, there are more people of Irish descent than in Ireland itself--seven times more! This goes up even higher on St Patrick's Day, when it seems that the whole US is Irish. 

Generations of Irish immigrants have cherished many customs from the old country, including neighborhood pubs. Like ethnic restaurants everywhere, they declare their origins with logo designs in their own alphabet styles. All over Boston, where I live, green and gold signs welcome in a convivial crowd of celebrators wearing green. Many of them will spend the evening watching the broadcast of their favorite basketball team, the Celtics of course. 

But celebrating national customs is not just about the Irish. Every immigrant adds to American life, enriching the tapestry. By celebrating each others' holidays, writing in each others' letters, we make our world.  

Links to whole alphabets from earlier in this blog: 

For more borders and capitals, see George Bain, Celtic Art: the methods of construction

Also, see borders in Borders for Calligraphy: and read a chapter of insight and instruction in Learn Calligraphy


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