As well as big and complex pieces of calligraphy, I really enjoy small quirky pieces. For quite a while now I've made cat and dog cards that are well loved by any cat and dog lovers that see them.
They are calligraphy pieces, but funky and useful. The wording on the cards are all haikus - a Japanese structure for poems, with 3 lines, 17 syllables and no title. The overall poem should paint a picture for the reader, and, I believe a traditional haiku should indicate a season. Of course these are often haunting and beautiful, but why not have a bit of fun with the structure? I found a number of these in uncredited lists on the internet, and have added to the collection as inspired by my own cats and dog.
Today the big challenge was to get some of them printed, rather than doing each card by hand. I'm really pleased with the results - the individual cards look lovely, and the packs of notelets look (I think!) very desirable. I have so many designs that I've done 6 separate sets.
Then, I thought, well why not - have a go at putting them on Folksy. And (apart from not being able to load a shop banner yet) it was really easy!
Do have a look if you'd like to :
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.