Currently relegated almost exclusively to wedding and bar mitzvah invitations, calligraphy has made a long and valued contribution to literacy. From the 7th century’s insular majuscule (think illuminated manuscripts ) to Blackletter (sometimes call “Old English”) which, by the 11th century, enabled books to be written much more quickly to meet the rising demand of readers. The fluidity in which Seb Lester quickly letters the entire alphabet in Blackletter is mesmerizingly beautiful. I’m already seeing more of it – see my “Bible Fight” post from last week!
Also love Seb’s shopping list: