The dictionary narrative of calligraphy is ‘handwriting or penmanship’, or simply ‘beautiful writing’. The word traces its roots in the Greek language. ‘Kalli’ means beautiful and ‘graphia’ is the Greek word for writing. It is thus the visual art of writing.
A more current definition of calligraphy goes like this: ‘the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skilful manner’. National Bookstore, the country’s leading bookstore and offices supply store chain hosted a Color and Calligraphy Fair last October 22 to 23 2016 at the SM Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu.
Calligraphy enthusiasts were treated to a live mural event by AJ Tabino, Gian Solamo and Chan Cane on the first day. Known Cebuana Calligrapher Williza Go demonstrated the Limelight Brush Pen Calligraphy in the morning. The artistic Abby Sy highlighted the afternoon workshop.
The second day concentrated on the art of coloring. Live art demos were made by with Joemar Mangkok and Kenny June Legaspi, then continuing to Williza’s Sakura Koi Watercolor Demo.
Coloring and drawing pens, colored and mechanical pencils, water colors, markers, and paper products for drawing, coloring, and calligraphy from such brands as Sennelier, Chameleon, Stabilo, Pilot, Sakura Caran D’ Ache, , Marvy, Uni, Titus, Faber-Castell, Dong-A, Fabriano and Acquarello were on display and sold at the fair.