By Maryanne Grebenstein — Hermann Zapf (1918-2015), born in Nuremberg, Germany, was one of the greatest calligraphers and type designers who ever lived. He began lettering at age 18 and spent many years studying historic letterforms. With the advent of computers, Hermann Zapf contributed immeasurably to the development of typography using the artful aesthetics derived… More The Brilliance of Hermann Zapf
By Maryanne Grebenstein – I recently had the pleasure of enjoying an exhibition called, “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” at the Heritage Museum and Gardens (www.heritagemuseums.org) on Cape Cod in Sandwich, Massachusetts. It was interesting and really fun to see some very recognizable costumes: Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow costume is there, as is a… More Can Captain Jack Sparrow Make You a Better Calligrapher?
By Maryanne Grebenstein — For several years, I’ve had the pleasure of conducting a Classroom Abroad experience for calligraphers and book artists at Château de la Napoule in the south of France. It’s such a marvelous location that in my last blog post I shared some of the history of the château and photos of… More Classroom Abroad at La Napoule
By Maryanne Grebenstein — The magic begins the moment the château comes into your view as you exit the small, charming train station directly across the street. Before you stands a fascinating château with an arched entryway hinting at the treasures beyond. As you walk its beautiful grounds, you’ll discover one side of the château… More Once Upon a Time at Château de la Napoule
By Maryanne Grebenstein — When you look at The Abbey Studio’s logo, you’ll see an illustration of a winsome monk with a quill, working on a masterpiece of calligraphic art. Who you don’t see in the illustration are the women who worked behind the scenes. Wait… what? Yes, while we usually envision a room full… More Happy Mother’s Day, Christine
By Maryanne Grebenstein — While “Monsters Invade Medieval Maps!” seems like a headline you’d see in the media, there was, in fact, a period during the Middle Ages when cartographers unleashed their imaginations on maps, inviting all sorts of sea monsters into the portions representing the oceans. One of the many “happy accidents” resulting from… More Monsters Invade Medieval Maps!
By Maryanne Grebenstein — There aren’t many of them, but they do exist: museums and libraries that house a collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. I don’t understand, and it pains me to admit it, but my passion – calligraphy and the lettering arts – is not the passion of the masses. It is for… More Illuminating the Future: A Museum Guide
By Maryanne Grebenstein — At The Abbey Studio, we love both modern and medieval manuscripts. Some might say we’re obsessed. When I first began to study calligraphy more than 30 years ago, it didn’t take very long for me to be exposed to the manuscripts of Europe’s Middle Ages and Renaissance, and subsequently to realize… More The Lovely Art of Medieval Manuscripts