We will be studying the unique and rich style of Byzantine capitals used in manuscripts and icons and looking at the Greek forms for inspiration, we will use those to design Latin forms to write in English. These ornamental capitals often share the same stem, forming unique and abstract patterns on the page; letters are also stacked one on top of the other, and often minuscule forms nestle in amongst the large letters. Composing a piece of writing in this style is like making a puzzle; each word can be arranged differently and there are a great variety of forms invented to make the letter patterns work. We will be finding ways to use the capitals legibly on the page, but also exploring their abstract potential and texture using edged pens, Speedball B nibs and various tools to create monoline forms.


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