Just stumbled across the works of Milanese calligrapher Luca Barcellona on one of my internet wanderings an found it immensely inspiring.
If you'd asked me growing up about my thought on calligraphy, I would of probably would of dismissed it, which was mainly down my impatience as a teenager, wanting everything "now". Now matter how hard my mother tried to encourage me I didn't have the time to mark out the paper and put in the hours of practice it takes to become good.
Perhaps if I had, then maybe I would have some of the confidence that Barcellona has in his mark making, though I very much doubt I would be as masterful and I defiantly would still be ruling out my composition. There is something captivating watching him work, the letters seem to just flow without there being a conscious thought involved. He seems to know exactly where to start the first stroke, composing the whole piece in an instant.
Looking over his portfolio and watching his videos, I've noticed that I've seen his work many times before, even worn it on a Carhartt T-shirt. Hats off to him for doing what he does and keeping the skills of his craft from being assigned to history.
Carhartt Live Performance n.1 - London from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.
Calligraphy Pages Pt. 1/4 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.
Calligraphy Pages Pt. 2/4 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.
Calligraphy Pages Pt. 3/4 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.