‘A beautiful handwriting’ is a remark which I have received since my school days. It was because of my handwriting that my friends and peers remembered me. Writing is not just a way of presenting thoughts and ideas; your handwriting can also become an important design tool.
I, Yuti Devale, Graphic designer and Artist by profession never knew that my handwriting would grow into my passion for calligraphy. I always felt that letters were created by someone, somewhere, for a different purpose. I think various shapes, strokes, thickness of individual letters always kept me on my toes to learn more about them, practice them several times, which in turn created an entire world of calligraphy within me.
I learned it from my professor by just watching and observing his writing minutely. Calligraphy has helped to improve my patience and my body posture while I am writing. My hand movement has to be very smooth, which came with rigorous practice.
Buying calligraphy tools for the first time was fascinating. Same was with cleaning and maintaining them. It was enthralling to see how the ink flows, the sharpness of tools when writing a letter, the perfection of words, the thickness of strokes, the line quality, fluidity of various inks & colors. It captured my attention and I got attached to it and developed a deep relationship with that subject.
The first letter which I wrote was from Devanagari script. I started with the first letter from that script- ‘A’- and obviously it was not perfect as remarked by my professor but soon perfection came with practice. I realized that each letter had its own beauty and anatomy.
As a beginner it was a challenging task but soon, I included Calligraphy as a part of my paintings to create composition by just using different types and styles of script. I also created designs not only on different types of papers but also on different materials like wood, fabric, acrylic, etc.
From Calligraphy I have learned different languages like Devanagari (it includes Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit), Latin English, Old English, Gothic English, Urdu, Arabic and Bengali and some scripts like Modi script (Ancient Indian language), and Copperplate and Spencerian Scripts.
Like any art form, Calligraphy requires rigorous practice at least for 8 to 10 hours a day. I accepted the challenge and gave 8 years to this Art and still feel that there is lot more to be explored.
I would say for me ‘Calligraphy is imperfect’.
Keep Working & Keep Writing!
Yuti Devale, Assistant Professor, Foundation, Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)
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