Yesterday I attended a workshop taught by a lovely artist and calligrapher from New York, Jeanne Poland. The theme was to write out your own epithet using an alphabet you created.
That wasn't a problem for me. A while ago, I had invented this alphabet you see. I called it Victory.There it was, nestled on a page in my portfolio, just waiting for me to use. This really made me analyze just what is involved when starting from scratch.
In calligraphy, the capital letters are called the Upper case. A decision must be made as to whether there will be ascenders, the parts of the letters going above the line, or descenders, those strokes below the lines. This Victory alphabet has only capitals. This is not historically unique. Look at the Uncial style from the 3rd century. It has that Celtic look you would recognize .
I set about to use my own invention. I chose a large, automatic pen with its flexible nib. This is really a manipulated hand. I start out on the full edge, and then twist and come off onto the side edge of my pen. This gives that variation I want. I am actually using the same strokes in different sequences, depending on the perimeters of each letter. An alphabet is really about patterns and rhythms. I think the Victory will always have a certain individuality.
More to come...