When handwriting matters
I attended a lecture by Ewan Clayton last week. A calligrapher who’s been on a fascinating journey; growing-up in a community of craftspeople originally founded by Eric Gill, studying calligraphy then living as a Benedictine monk for a number of years. After leaving the Monastery he began long term consultancy relationship with Xerox, (having never operated a computer before) to help them navigate their new strategic direction as a “document company” in Palo Alto. He was recently awarded an MBE.
Ewan argued that writing will always have key role in communicating and notemaking. At a time when some schools have stopped teaching joined-up or cursive writing, in favour of typing skills, the point was made that regardless of evolving tools and technology, be it moveable type in the 16th Century or iPad keyboards today, handwriting will always remain as an instant medium to compose our thoughts and to augment other forms of mark making communication. There is no choice to be made between these mediums: we can have it all.
Above is a selection of Ewan’s outstanding calligraphy work from A Book of Hours for the Vernal Equinox, the Crafts Study Centre and Practising Contentment exhibition.