A while ago I did a commission using Desiderata. It was a christening present, but would be something that would helpfully be a lifelong treasured possession, so we went with simple coloured blocks behind the letters, and a nice textural layout. I was pleased with it, and my customer was super pleased!
A very good calligrapher friend sent me some pictures of how her work was progressing, and in there was a Desiderata piece:
We had a really good conversation about it - she'd seen my piece once on my blog and had no idea how similar her piece was to mine. It really got me thinking about how we're influenced by a piece, and without meaning too might end up creating something that is far closer to the piece that inspired us that we intended.
It was some weeks later that I was flicking through a book and came across a picture which must surely have been my subliminal cue to create the my piece - and yet I didn't even remember seeing it.
Scary that I, like my friend, had no idea how well we'd remembered the image we'd seen.
(And now I'm kicking myself because I can't find the picture - will come back and post it if I find it.)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.