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Modernizing her Ps and Qs: Calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe
Modernizing her Ps and Qs: Calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe

A simple class on traditional italic calligraphy, which dates from the Italian Renaissance, ignited Molly Suber Thorpe's love of the handwritten letter. But she's moved on to a fresh, modern lettering style of her own that she admits makes some calligraphers cringe. "What I do now is very different. I'm known for modern calligraphy," she said. "I see what I'm doing as a continuation of an art form." Calligraphy, a centuries-old form, focuses on classical script styles such as Edwardian and Spencerian, which have established letter forms and are taught as a complete alphabet. Modern calligraphy focuses on personal style and a unique interpretation...

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