Calligraphy is the art of handwriting. Bridget learned this art in grade school. Mesmerized by the writing of her teacher, Sister Caritas, she got the Speedball guide to calligraphy and began to teach herself. Bridget became fascinated with letters, fonts, and ink drawings. Throughout the years, her fascination became a career and added to the many forms of art Bridget does.
Decades later she is still practicing calligraphy. There are several different styles that she enjoys. Copperplate is challenging, brush pen and "modern calligraphy" is fun and using a flat pen is her preferred method. Traditionally, dipping a pen into a bottle of ink was the only method. However there are so many pens, inks, techniques and examples to follow today. The use of the internet is a terrific learning tool to find methods from calligraphers all over the world.
Her love for Illuminations (The fancy decorative capitals one sees in bibles, poems, etc) is ongoing. Historically, illuminations created a letter that would also tell a story within the design by depicting animals, florals, celtic designs, etc. Usually the first letter of a poem or quote would be embellished and illuminated with some sort of design.
Bridget's technique takes advantage of technology sometimes. She will create a piece by hand, but leave out the Capital first letter, or embellishments. She then prints the piece on hand painted paper. She then reworks the piece and embellishes the calligraphy with Illuminated letters, and swirls, artwork, etc. using watercolor, inks, pens and markers. No two lettered items are alike.
Calligraphy commissions are welcomed. Bridget has experience with signage, murals, poems, letters etc. Many ideas create many things and her clients are not lacking with ideas! Bridget welcomes them all!