Q&E: Joy calligraphers Q&Es, a podcast from ESPN Crikey, will be hosted by Joycaller’s Matt Smith, who will be joined by two members of his Q&A panel, Joycallers Sarah O’Brien and Chris Lattimore, and the Calligraphy Blog’s Sam Miller.
Joycallers Sam Miller and ChrisLattimore have been calling in for Q&As about their calligraphies for a decade and this is their fourth time on the podcast.
The trio is joined by former Calligraphies Blog editor Paula McCrory and former Calligrapher and author Sarah O�Brien.
Here’s what we’ve been talking about:What did you love about calling on your phone as a kid?
You grew up with the phone as your primary communication device.
What was the biggest challenge when it came to calling on the phone?
When you were growing up with a phone you were always on the lookout for that call that would take you to a special place.
But then as I got older you were forced to be a little more aware of the things you could get on your phones as well.
I don’t know what it was about it, I was always thinking about where I was going and where I wanted to go.
How can I get to a place without a call?
How can that be fun?
When did you start calling on a phone?
I was in my first year of university at the age of 15.
I started calling on my phone in the early 80s.
It was my way of communicating with the faculty and the administration and a few other people.
It made it easier to be in contact with the wider world.
How did you end up with Calligraphys?
I started calling from the university on the night of my 17th birthday.
I was still a student and my mum had just left so I had no friends and my dad was out of work.
I got to call the university and asked for a job on campus.
I ended up working for them for two years.
What a relief!
What did you like most about your job?
It was great.
I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself.
I could interact with a lot of people, so I could talk to the whole staff, but it was a very unique experience.
What did it mean for you when you started the Calligraphic Arts Society?
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this work.
The fact that I could get involved with a university project that I didn’t even know existed and it was so open to all kinds of people gave me a huge boost.
What do you miss most about calling?
Having people that you can talk to and get to know and connect with and it’s been that way for a long time.
What is the best calligraphry gift for a calligraff who wants to call more?
You could probably pick one of those things.
If you’re calling from a phone, I would say a quill pen.
You can write on the back of it, you can write lines on the top of it.
You know you’re drawing a letter and you can make it feel like a drawing, so it’s really nice to have.
What’s your favourite calligraphical book?
I always love calligraphing books because it gives me a sense of freedom.
I can draw, I can create, I could have a lot more fun drawing things that are not traditionally drawn.
What is your favourite book on calligraphics?
I love the work of James A. Callow and Mark Zagorski.
I love the art of drawing in all the ways that you could think of.
They’re just amazing writers and artists.
I was a huge fan of their book.
It’s called The Calligraphic World.
I would love to have a copy and look at it a lot.
What do you think the next step for calligraphists?
It’s really exciting to see a new generation of calligraphs and it shows a lot about what is possible in calligraphying.
What are the key trends in calligraphic art?
It definitely seems like there’s more experimentation with the medium.
What can we expect in the next 10 years?
I think we’re all still working out the kinks in how we do things, how we express ourselves.
I think we’ll still be doing that, but there are a lot fewer constraints in terms of where you can draw on paper.
How much of that do you have to learn?
I like to draw in a variety of ways.
Sometimes it’s on paper and sometimes it’s with pencil.
You have to be flexible about what you want to draw.
What would you say is your most favourite calligram?
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