Friday, August 14, 2015

Typography: Jake Weidmann

In July 2011, Denver-based artist Jake Weidmann was certified as a Master Penman through the prestigious International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), becoming the youngest member ever and only the the 14th Master Penman in the world. 

In the fourth episode of Uproxx's Human series,  Weidmann talks about his process, his inspirations, and his deep commitment to preserving the art of pen and ink.
I took it upon myself to really work obsessively on my handwriting everybody else in school had their laptops out in there are typing away and I had a pen in a pad of paper. …I practice a lot of different art forms but I particularly mix calligraphy into my artwork to give both the words and the pictures more life and a stronger message.

As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter Jake Weidmann, the youngest “Master Penman” in the United States by three generations. Weidmann’s work shows an attention to minute detail that only comes through years and years of practice. His finished pieces — which fuse calligraphy and fine art — remind us that handwriting can be beautiful.

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