Thursday, March 4, 2010

"Calligraphy is a beautiful, meditative art that requires hour after hour of disciplined practice. Sometimes slow, sometimes free, sometimes deliberate, sometimes rhythmic... it involves exemplars and experimentation, a study of the masters and a study of the self. It requires intense concentration and a free and forgiving spirit. You are humbled every time you look at another's work, and are proud when you see how your work today compares with yesterday's. It is frustrating, and gratifying, and worthy of your greatest effort." -Shannon Martin Wilson

I like to hear thoughts toward calligraphy from experienced calligraphers. As I'm just getting started on my personal journey with calligraphy, I'm finding that calligraphy certainly does "require hour after hour of disciplined practice". But as I'm practicing and studying, I'm enjoying and appreciating the art of calligraphy more every day.

Shannon Martin Wilson is a calligrapher, artist, & jewelry designer. Below are pictures of Shannon's studio that she recently posted on her blog. I'm posting them here because I like how creatively inspiring her workspace is. Shannon also has a great website!

Other experienced calligraphers out there, I'd love to hear your thoughts toward calligraphy. To hear some about your personal journey. :)


  1. I have been a professional calligrapher for many years but I am no where near where I think I should be. I think that you have to love love love it to master it,. So much practice, studying of letter forms, taking
    classes etc. I don't do that so I'm not where I should be but that's ok.
    Anyway, you are off to a great start. You will fall in love with writing with white ink. It's so cool!

  2. Hilary, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your encouraging words! I'm so glad that you stopped by! It's great hearing from you!! :)

  3. What a lovely studio you have. It's delightful!

  4. Oh my gosh - amazing workspace! That table with the paper rack below is absolutely to die for!