Artist/Owner, Wasserman Design
Joanne Wasserman has been professionally engaged in original art, custom art services, and graphic design since 1979, when she opened Wasserman Design in Washington, DC, as a studio business. Joanne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design
Calligraphy, drawing, painting, and graphic design are bedrock art realms that Wasserman uses interchangeably to explore diverse subjects material and create original formations of content and imagery. Her intention for every work of art is the same: to communicate what is most intensely meaningful about the circumstances which shape a subject's identity.
Over the years, Wasserman has produced a singular body of works for business clients and individuals whose interests are focused on serious issues of life in today's world. Her testimonial art honors statesmen and leaders for their career achievements and dedication to public service.
Recently, two exemplary works of calligraphy and illumination were composed for Senator John Warner, of Virginia, and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The Atlantic Council of the United States commissioned both of these works of art.
Wasserman's mural painting for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a visual tribute to the school's educational mission across the entire field of nursing practice; the mural was named after an alumnus: The Leona Bowman Carpenter Center for Community Health Nursing.
Other works include several drawings and watercolors that were made to express the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's advocacy on behalf of all countries in which landmines have been used against innocent civilians, causing the destruction of lives, homelands and national economies.
Wasserman's interests in current events, American history, and the development of writing systems and art traditions of peoples throughout the world are frequent catalysts for her choice of topics; moreover, through her work she cares to express the endearing aspects of living that are all around us.
Change Agents of Culture is an ongoing series of 27 works that address creativity and invention in American society from the late 19th through 20th centuries. The first seventeen of these calligraphy-paintings were exhibited at the Embassy of Japan's Information and Culture Center, in Washington, DC, where the artist gave a public talk about writing systems in the world, entitled, "Picture Writing Then & Now".
Lowercase Calligraphy Letters - I, L, J, R, F, T
Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman writes lowercase calligraphy letters i, l, j, r, f, and t.
Joanne Wasserman: Hi! I am Joanne Wasserman and my art studio is Wasserman Design and we are learning the Renaissance Italic script from the 15th century called Chancery Cursive. So, let us continue, now we have another set that is straight, these are curved letters the C, O and E. so letter I we would call it a straight letter although we are writing it with a pen that is tilted to an angle of 45 degrees. I am writing that letter at a slant.
I dont know the degree of slant that I wrote that, so that is one. Same thing only as twice as large. Same we start again, here I came down, start to curve and put a little foot on it and again. Now here I did not curve this to get a little foot or a little hook on the ended letter. Why did not I do that? I just came down and I started the letter at a 45 degree angle of the pen and I ended and there I am at the same 45 degree angle which means that this whole width of the line is the same width from top to bottom and that is good.
Okay, I did that leaving it without a hook because I am coming back into the thick line and I am going to make another arch and there is my letter R. We can dot the J and the I and dots are our personal trait. They are whatever you like, you can make a dot like a triangle or a little diamond. You can make it like just a quick up hand movement gesture or you can make things like little backward commas or exclamation points or quotation marks. It is up to you and sometimes you go up. But it adds a bit of character and puts some flair into your writing and each person would do -- will dot their letters their own way. So I am going to move this in front of me again and do the second set the I -- oh I will move over.
So, we have C, O, E unlike L, J, R, these are the straight and we have one more set and this is another long one but this combines the angle and the curve. So, we have one stroke, two, three and then I flattened my pen, so it is not 45 degrees anymore. I flattened it here, that is four strokes for the letter F and you notice this crossbar is thinner than the width of the down stroke, that is intentional, because this is a character trait of the letter F but the more indicator of the letter F is the long down stroke.
So, we have another letter similar and that is the T. Looks like an I or in L from the bottom, but I didnt have the hook on the left, I started from the right and went down but I am going to cross this stroke the same way. We will do this again. So I am going to write all of the letters of these three sets for you and you can see how they start to flow together. So, when you are writing words you can see how these three different types of shapes go together.
I go down the two more spaces to the space where I have my X and I am going on -- now notice I wrote all of these down strokes or curved strokes and only afterwards, when I am crossing the letters and dotting the letters. I wrote them all before I added these final touches because I wanted to keep the rhythm of my hand as it is moving, so that this letter F would be as close to the letter C and the E and the O as I can write it without interrupting to make an incident home mark. So, this is the first group of letter and the small Miniscule letters of Chancery Cursive script and now we are ready to write another set of these letters.