Kalligrafie   Konzept    Beratung


Hi, ich heiße Marleen Krallmann und ich arbeite als selbstständige Kalligrafin in Kiel!
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Release of scriptum!

scriptum ist eine Reihe verschiedener Veranstaltungen zu den Themen westliche Kalligrafie und Handschrift!
Die nächsten Veranstaltungen sind jeweils ein Textura-Morgen und ein Kursive-Morgen und finden am 2. und 3. März in Hannover in der Galerie BOHAI statt! Weitere Infos und die Anmeldung findest du auf der scriptum-Website unter Werkstätten.



quick insight on writing with textura

Since last summer I’ve been working on different formations that I can do with the script textura (first time used in my project »METROPOLIS«). The script had come up around the 13th century, just right on time with the gothic style of the middle ages. Coincidence? I don’t think so — I personally think that the textura was a shere fashion choice and it looked so conveniently stylish that every monk just had to write it. Some monks must have been pretty bored some time so why not experimenting with scripts for a change!
Anyway. Systematically, textura is very special because her forms (yeah, I think she’s a proud lady!) provoke to experiment with the extremes of script in general, for instance in her down to the basic lining, which can easily be played with:

Of course that’s not all characteristics to work on. Textura also has a ton of variation in single letter construction, so there can be around five variations of one letter plus variations of letter combinations (such as »er« or »ch«, which we call ligatures).
Textura was the script that Gutenberg used as a role model for his letter press to create his famous Gutenberg-Bible (printed around 1450). He had to design 299 different lead letters (including ligatures)! Yes — those 299 are ›put together‹ from our 26 letters nowadays.
I created a project on the Gutenberg-Type, it’s called »299«. I put every letter of the Gutenberg-Type on reed pens (Schreibhölzer) in their rawest, easiest form: rectangular wood pieces. The reed pens can be called the first broad nip (Breitfeder) writing tools in the history of latin script.



btw: I really like those »«-quotation marks, maybe it’s time everybody got used to them.