“Cloths of Heaven”. Seb Lester’s Calligraphic Masterpiece.

There was a time not to long ago when people actually had good hand writing. Taught in primary school, practiced for hours, good penmanship was king. Slowly though, over the last twenty or so years it has begun to dissolve. Why write by hand? Why write in cursive? Why practice the art of creating letterforms by hand when you can type, touch or talk, and have your primary communication device correct your spelling on the fly. Don’t get me wrong I am not anti-technology. I am however in love with beautifully crafted hand lettering that demonstrates the craft of a dying art form. Thanks to people like lettering artist  the art form stays alive and well. Hopefully his work will encourage others to take up a pen and create with ink on paper.

Cloths of Heaven’ is Lester’s interpretation of “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”, by renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The video shows the creation of a the master art for a serigraph poster, which was also translated into a limited edition embroidery piece via The London Embroidery Studio. The attention to detail, and the craftsmanship that went into this is outstanding. It is a continuation of his exploration of the theme of beauty in the context of letterform design, and the mastery of the calligraphic arts. Big hat tip to .

“Yeats’s poem references ‘embroidered cloths’ and ‘gold and silver threads’, so I wanted to try to make the screen print look like an exquisite and timelessly beautiful piece of highly ornamental needlework. I’ve drawn from Medieval, Renaissance and 18th-century sources but I have also tried to integrate personal, progressive and irreverent flourishing ideas. The result is a hybrid stylistic treatment that I think could only exist in the 21st century.”




Calvin Nicholls, The Artistic Master of Paper Sculpture.

I have posted in the past about the incredible skill and craft involved in creating paper sculpture. It requires patience, and years of practice to become a master at what on the surface seems like an easy task. Calvin Nicholls is an example of a master artist in this medium. His detailed works leap form the surface and fill you with a sense of awe as you take in his incredible 3D paper works of art.

Calvin Nicholls skill with sculpting paper is recognized world wide by galleries that represent him and with good reason. Look at the images on this page and try and grasp how long it takes to create each, and the deft hand and eye required to make a master work like one of these.

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fishAll images courtesy of Calvin Nicholls. For more information or to buy one of his works, click here.