Kirsten Burke

Contemporary Lettering Design

Personal Marks, Written Traces

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Today, surrounded by technology, humans have an inner need to leave a personal mark, written traces, in their daily lives. Evident in cities, where walls are covered in graffiti. As humans, we react to form and texts with our senses. These handmade letter-forms have an infinite metamorphosis of expression. Even if we can't read the language the handwritten work is in, we can gain an understanding of it's message through the expression of the mark making. The forms of these letters can change so much they become illegible in any language. In these cases, when the text can't be read, it is seen as a whole, and read by the senses, just as with abstract painting.

Many contemporary calligraphers are unsatisfied with the term 'calligraphy'. Hans Joachim Burgert prefers to speak of 'the art of linear writing'. He believes Western calligraphy has not yet developed all the possibilities and potentialities of the line. While many western calligraphers stay focused on the repetition of historical forms, weighted down by the tradition of writing, he works using the open spaces of a graphic line.

Hans Joachim Burgert 

Hans Joachim Burgert 

Experience and technique are important so that we can use both traditional and invented writing instruments in the best way possible. Writing is becoming more and more popular, it's 'in vogue'. Handwriting is a renovated form of expression, full of the ideas and gestures of the scribe, a unique work of art each time!