It seems that hand-lettering is having quite a moment. With Molly Jacques designing over at Nike, and products on the shelves of the supermarket covered in hand-created marks, it seems as though lettering is filling up all my social media feeds. I think as technology prevails we are delighting in the tactility and skills of makers. I refuse to accept ‘print is dead’, it is only more beautiful now when we take the time to hold a beautifully designed book in our hands. With hand-lettering I am beholden to the creations I have seen others create with their hands. Spending time with my friend and graphic designer Manuela Pacheco (who I recently interviewed on this blog), I have tentivley taken baby steps into the world of calligraphy. With her pointers and help from Skillshare classes (Molly Jacques has one that I highly recommend) I have been covering pages and my desk with ink splotches. Eager to create, I have experimented with writing cards, envelopes and (in this case) grocery lists.
Grocery lists may seem dated to some but to me they are essential. I may be caught up in the nostalgia of planning a delicious meal, or finding those forgotten notes in baskets and imagining what the shopper had in mind. For the past few weeks I have been turning my own shopping list into calligraphy. A practice in creativity and making the mundane into art, these lists are not perfect. With my focus upon creating letterforms my spelling has gone off kilter, words accidentally merge and my hand has smudged ink across the page. With all new skills, perfection takes time and patience. I am glad I can share my progress with you.