Handwriting and ornamentation have always fascinated me. From the very first years in elementary school, I enjoyed working with letters, calligraphy and patterns. For as long as I can remember I have liked the idea of practising a particular skill, be it music, drawing or calligraphy. The aim was, and still is, to obtain a steadily better result.
After several years of education and training in calligraphy, I take just as much pleasure in practising various signs and letters. What gives me the greatest pleasure is to observe, after several pages of writing, that a word or a line stands out from the context and functions as a calligraphic whole. The variations in a stroke of the pen or in a letter may be impossible to detect to an untrained eye, whereas a good craftsman will spot the differences in suppleness, proportions and structure.
The beauty in calligraphy lies in the simple, clean strokes, the rhythm in a line, the proportions in a book page, the dynamics in the letters as they flow organically down an unused page, the tension between light and dark in a text block, the sound of the nib as it touches the paper, and the harmony one feels between hand, word and text in the writing process.