HARKER HEIGHTS — The art of calligraphy couldn’t possibly withstand competition from the 20th century’s most important invention: the computer. At the click of the mouse, a list of various scripts are generated electronically and lasered onto paper in an instant.
However, despite technological advancements, personalization perseveres.
“Even though there are some very nice fonts out there, I don’t always like to use a computer,” said Linda Young, a Heights resident. “It’s nice to get a handwritten card in the mail, which many people don’t do anymore, and my penmanship isn’t always the best.”
Young was among three others who wanted to gussy up their John Hancocks by attending a free calligraphy class Saturday at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library.
The two-hour class was taught by Elizabeth Wolfe, a calligrapher from Llano, who has been honing the art since she first discovered it when she was in the fifth grade.
Wolfe’s class focused on the uncial style of writing, which she described as a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters.
Translated from the ancient Greek word “kalligraphía,” which means “beautiful writing,” calligraphy is a form of fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, with a great many flourishes.
Always wanting to provide its patrons with something different, Rose Ramon, library clerk, said the library held the calligraphy class in an attempt to bring back the art form and expose the community to culture.
Novice calligraphers spent the morning learning the history of the script and practicing their pen strokes through various writing exercises.