Kirsten Burke

Contemporary Lettering Design

Quill in Hand!

Kirri CasaliComment

With the sun shining once again outside, it's such fun the be getting all inky working on two jobs that both require studying 15th century scripts, analysing their neuances to be able to bring them up to date, while keeping true to their origins.

15th century script

I first work with an automatic pen, I love these odd looking things. Originally a five-line pen, used by composers and musicians to draw the musical staff which the notes are drawn. Today the five-line pen is used for decorative writing and designs. I'm using a single, solid stroke, but what I love most is how by tilting an automatic pen, you can create such contrasting thick and thin strokes.

Automatic Pen work

Automatic Pen work

Automatic Pen

Automatic Pen

Quill and brush

Quill and brush

Next I work with a quill to achieve flow to my lettering, and this would have been how the original scripts were set down after-all! Legibility is important, but so is the energy of the mark. Quills move across the page far better than any metal nib, giving reign to swirls and flourishes.

Quill work

Quill work

Automatic pen, quill and brush

Automatic pen, quill and brush