Asemic writing: trendy & fun
Asemic writing is a wordless form of mark making that resembles writing.The word asemic means "no semantic content"- the linear marks are left for the viewer's personal interpretation. Asemic writing is often done by young children imitating the look of writing, by poets creating "visual poetry", by numerous abstract painters and has become very popular as an art form among calligraphers.
|Art by Cecil Touchon|Some artists draw from seeing other forms of writing such as kanji's running or grass scripts, but most have invented their own gestural forms. Having no direct meaning, one is left to extrapolate the meaning of the art for themselves from the quality and shape of the strokes, color, etc. There is even a Google group for asemic writing.
Too much fun!
|Delightful new book on Hermann Zapf and his work
by Rick Cusick.
RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press
$24.95In spite of the large influence that the Hallmark-produced movie featuring Hermann Zapf had on the calligraphy world since 1966, Rick Cusick lamented that most people didn't know or have access to the full extent of Zapf's accomplishments while he was a consultant to Hallmark (1966-1973). This book remedies the situation. It's a beautiful book (Cusick's a wonderful designer and he designed as well as wrote it), and it's a great story replete with amusing anecdotes, many asides and lots of previously unseen art and fonts in full color.