I just ADORE my Unique Oblique penholder— and another is winging its way to France as I type this! They are seriously addictive…
Enjoy this interview with Brian Smith, by Schin Loong. :)
Here is Openinkstand’s very first interview, with Brian Smith of Unique Obliques. I have known Brian for some time now, and have followed his penmaking career from the beginning, back when he was still experimenting with flanges and woods. Now his nickname is ‘Penmaker to the Stars’ as his…
»… But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail.«
I stumbled across this two days ago (thanks, Henrike!), and liked it so much that I decided to use it for the first design on the new blackboard that is now the highlight of our kitchen. I made the design with a soapstone pencil. That’s the first time I worked with this technique, and it’s surprisingly a lot of fun! It’s more lettering than calligraphy though, even if I wrote the Spencerian part but had to letter it over because it wasn’t visible enough.
This is also my first attempt at a Roman Cursive Minuscule, I used an exemplar from Mr. Gottfried Pott’s amazing book Kalligrafie Intensiv-Training. You can see that I had particularly trouble with the »r«s … but it’s a very interesting, archaic style.
Obviously the bottom part of the board is reserved for the kids!