I officially declare this week “Love All Week Long Week,” in honor of St. Valentine and his disciples, who might include Rodney King, with his timely quote from 1992: “Can We All Get along?” The quotation is sometimes amended with the addition of “just,” as I’ve written it here. On Valentines Day I like to spend time in the studio using my calligraphy practice to think about love. Each year it takes a different turn. Given the chaotic state of the nation, King’s plea is more relevant than ever, and a return to these poignant words from 1992 did not seem out of order.
This set of work is an exploration of voice in letter forms. The quotation can range in tone from Hallmark Greeting to hip hop to something you might see in an alley emblazoned on a wall. Check it out.
Wishing you Love in whatever form it finds you!
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This very fine article by Roxane Gay in a recent New York Times inspired the poster above. Truly, not voting, claiming apathy or disillusionment, is a luxury that none of us can afford if we want a functioning democracy. For type geeks, the font is ITC Modern, a favorite in the Bodoniesque family, and the script is hand drawn by yours truly.
Who can resist the simplicity and strength of a declarative sentence? Powerful words from the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Also . . . . . an excuse to do a style mash-up of Trajan Capitals and custom watercolor lettering with a twist on balloon style.
Watercolor,unique lettering and collage © Iskra Johnson
Our meme-maker in chief has ensured that this little word duo remains current. From an abstract design perspective, it is always helpful when words are the same length and lock up with an interesting positive-negative charge. By flipping a few backwards it added even more interest. Watercolor, hand lettering and collage.