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 - N, H, M, U, A, D, G, Q
Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman writes lowercase calligraphy letters n, h, m, u, a, d, g, and q.
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's continue, now what I had said before about the letter okay, we only put the hook at the end of the last stroke of the letter, here we did not do it to the first stroke, but we did do it to the second stroke for the letter N and for the letter N it is the same way. Letter N has three legs, and it is on the third leg that we put that stroke, the hook.
The letter H, it is like the letter N only it has the taller first stroke and the letter U is like the letter N upside down. So we will write these letters again. N, H, M, U, and then I will put this little hat on the H as the final touch after I have got he rhythm going on these other letters. I did not want to interrupt the movement of my hand and then there is another set for these letters and it is also a curve and a straight. It is one stroke, now that is not C, I go back into the hairline at the top where I began and I push over to the right, just a little bit.
So I am putting a hat but instead of a curved hat like the F I am just making it a flat hat. Then I am making a down stroke that is parallel to the other downward strokes in the letters. That is the letter A and then we have a very similar letter to A, it is one stroke to -- so right off the mark, good again. One, two, three, four, so G has four, and then one, two, three and there is the hook. The last stroke of the letter has a hook. With the G we ended it, so there is the hook but that looks a little unfinished.
So I add like a foot just like the letter J and also the letter P we could do that. It depends what you like, you can make the form either and I will run through all the letters of group two, so you can see how they are made again. The P, so that is our second group of letters and we are ready to move onto our third group of letters which will finish the alphabet of Chancery Cursive in the whole Miniscule set.