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To find out more about calligraphy as an art form, read A short essay: an introduction to western calligraphy and an introduction to the Callibash exhibition.
to read my site off-line:
While on-line, navigate the pages you want, allowing each to load
fully > disconnect > Go File / Work Offline > open the History
panel > click on the first page you want to view > navigate
from there as per usual at your leisure.
Note: you can only review pages which were loaded when you were online.
a designer specialising in lettering and calligraphy, I am involved
in a very wide range of work which I have categorised as follows:
D E S I G N S E R V I C E S/
This section showcases
design projects done under my creative direction and which I have
seen through from strategy and concept to printing for my own clients.
I find wine label and corporate ID design particularly satisfying
because of the marketing strategy aspect. Naturally, I also
design and manage the printing of corporate stationery such as letterheads,
business cards and pamphlets.
E T T E R I N G S
E R V I C E S /
Much of my work is done
for other designers and agencies or publishers who sub-contract
me to do typographical components of their designs. In such cases
my contribution to the design is limited to the lettering or calligraphy.
I am often involved here in the design of logos and wordmarks because
of the advantage of originality and "ownability" that
hand done lettering has over typesetting. I also do work on wine
labels: the craftsmanship of calligraphy strikes a chord with that
of wine making. Much of my lettering is done for book covers.
Hand done book titles are pivotal in the effective branding of a
C A L L I G R A P H Y S E R V I C E S
This section showcases
my calligraphy work in its more traditional and less commercial
applications. Illuminated addresses, scrolls, heraldry, raised
gold, inspired words on hand made paper - the stuff of an ancient
art! I have written scrolls for Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu,
O R K S H O P S
I find the teaching of
calligraphy particularly rewarding. This section contains information
about workshops which I am and have been involved in. The Cape Friends
of Calligraphy are hosting an exciting Peninsula-wide letter-arts
festival in April this year. My involvement spans branding the event,
presenting a number of workshops and organising an exhibition of
commercially applied calligraphy.
This section of my site is also where you might find some of my
own opinions and pontifications re. the art of calligraphy.
In the near future I will add some published material.
F R E
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way you present your thoughts can sometimes be as important as the
thoughts themselves. The e-stationery here is to help you reclaim
for e-mail some of the beauty of communication by hand.
section is still a mere quire but I am determined to build it up
to a virtual library of cool, useful stuff.
© Andrew van der Merwe: all the backgrounds
and designs on this site.
E V E N T S
Be-Za Calligraphy Collaboration
This exciting collaboration between Belgian and South African Calligraphers, culminating came to a climax on 28 September 2008 with the auction of the stones raising over €61 250 for Sprinkle and Breadline Africa projects for Aids affected children here in South Africa.
For a full report see:
Wor(l)ds Project Report Vol1
Wor(l)ds Project Report Vol2
Wor(l)ds Project Report Vol3.
Vol3 is the beach calligraphy report and contains some nice pictures. e.g.:
X T R A C T S
on exclusive ceramic ware:
Book cover design:
for Nemesis software: