Irish Calligraphy with Kiso-Arts

Irish Calligraphy with Kiso-Arts

We are explore Irish Calligraphy thanks to a very inspiring artist, Janet of Kisoarts.From the green fields of Northern Ireland Janet is happy to share with us her experience of being an artist and calligrapher.

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This month we explore Irish Calligraphy thanks to a very inspiring artist, Janet of Kisoarts.

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From the green fields of Northern Ireland Janet is happy to share with us her experience of being an artist and calligrapher.

I have loved art ever since I was able to hold a pencil but didn’t discover calligraphy until it was one of the topics offered for my A Level art exam in 1983. I loved the new found challenge and sourced pen nibs and made my own pen holders to handwrite the poem which was called The Honeysuckle and The Bindweed with the addition of mixed media for the decoration.

Living in Northern Ireland, I felt very much on my own with my new found art interest and without the accessibility of computers for research I bought as many Calligraphy books that I could find and was a constant visitor to my local library to access their collection of books that could help me learn about the art of beautiful handwriting. I was hooked and have loved calligraphy ever since, using it as much as possible in whatever art I create.

How did your artistic career develop?

Although having had a varied career path, I have always kept my love of art and calligraphy alive and decided three years ago to make a full time career out of what has been a lifetime of learning and creating. This has lead to using my skills in creating  bespoke pieces of art for many people, businesses, schools and so on. I am always learning and am like a sponge absorbing information about so many types of art.

I have completed a varied portfolio of commissioned pieces including murals, watercolour paintings, acrylic paintings, posters, illustrated calligraphy verses, wedding/event calligraphy on invitations/place cards/reply cards/menus, wedding art, blackboard art, portraits a illustrations.

Nowadays my work is constantly evolving incorporating a variety of skills including calligraphy, watercolours, charcoal and other techniques to create commissioned pieces and also offering a range of Irish Dancing Prints, an original collection of iconic images of Northern Ireland and other Irish themed Greeting Cards with more to follow. For anyone who follows Game of Thrones, several of my greeting cards, e.g. The Dark Hedges have been purchased due to the popularity of the series and the locations.

Ireland is indeed a great source of inspiration for your work, could you tell us something more about this?

Ireland is steeped in culture, traditions, myths, legends and history with stunning locations that visitors from all over the world come to see and I am enjoying capturing some of these in my own traditional and contemporary ways to share with a wide range of people.

John and Jenna by Kisoarts

Irish Calligraphy is a very peculiar form of art, we are very curious to know when it is originated and what its main features are…

The Gaelic Script or Typeface as we know today originated in the 7th century and was known as Insular Script which was a combination of different scripts for various functions. One of the most famous Cultural treasures in Ireland, beautifully written and elaborately decorated, The Book of Kells, was written in this style around c.800.

Gaelic typefaces include the use of acute accents over vowels known as Fada signs and dots above other letters which in turn would alter the corresponding Roman Alphabet spelling by adding an ‘h’. The introductory letter would generally be intricately decorated using Celtic knots and borders, bursting with vivid and bright colours.

There is a lot of history with this style of lettering as with all the others but, for me, I love the excitement of the colours, art and design to produce not only a beautifully written piece but one with stunning illumination. An example of this is the artwork here:

What does your job as an artist involve?

Master Pen review from Kiso arts

I have exhibited my work locally and through taking part in Artisan Markets I’ve been able to showcase my Prints and Greeting Cards whilst meeting and talking about my art (which I love to do) to both locals and visitors from all over the world. I also facilitate workshops for those eager to learn both traditional and the more modern styles of calligraphy, tailoring classes to suit those who are taking part.

My work is a combination of skills including calligraphy which is the art of beautiful handwriting, watercolours, charcoal and other techniques to produce unique and collectible artwork as well as prints and greeting cards. At present, as well as working on commissioned pieces I also have a range of Irish Dancing Prints, an original collection of iconic images of Northern Ireland and other Irish themed Greeting Cards which have proved to be very popular with both locals and those from further afield. 

I welcome enquiries regarding Commissioned Art Pieces and Bespoke Greeting Cards from Corporate Businesses, The Hospitality Industry and the Private Sector.

Good luck with your career, Janet! Thanks for your contribution as featured artist!

If you want to discover more about Janet visit her website: www.kisoarts.com

JANET’S FAVOURITE CALLIGRAPHY PENS: Dip pensCallicreatives and Italic Master Pen. Read here her review!

Janet gave us her insights on some very popular Irish symbols, read more here

          

         

      

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