|proto-sinaitic (via codex99.com)|
As part of our upcoming August intensive focusing on the manuscript, we’re really looking forward to the talk we have scheduled on Friday, August 9th with artist and calligrapher Karen Gorst.
|Maimonides’s handwriting (via cw.routledge.com )|
Feast on the historic and contemporary cross-fertilization of Hebrew, Arabic and European letterforms from Maimonides’ handwriting to contemporary letter design. Contrary to popular opinion, letterforms are not static. Over the centuries letter shapes have adapted to cultural and technological influences.
|evolution of arabic letterforms (via 29letters.wordpress.com )|
Letters have changed form, axis and weight following the latest fashion. This evening’s talk starts with proto-sinaitic (there’s an example up top), the root ancestor common to Hebrew, European, Arabic letters, and the source of the phonecian alphabet. It is followed three thousand years of the influences of war, conquests, and multi-cultural communities on letterform history ending with twentieth century and post 9/11 letterforms.
That’s thousands of years of letterform history, all yours for a $10 suggested donation/ $5 members. Who could pass that opportunity up?
Hebrew, Arabic and European Letterforms
Friday, August 9th , 6:30pm
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