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".
Capital Letter Calligraphy - K through N
Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman shows how to write capital calligraphy letters K through N.
Joanne Wasserman: Hi, I am Joanne Wasserman and my studio is Wasserman Design and we are learning the Chancery Cursive script. Right now, we are doing the capital letters also called Majuscule from K through N. Now, the letter K is also a large letter, so with the letter okay, we would start this way, and I add the flag. Then I can go this way, a little higher than midway for that waist and then I am flattening out the angle of my pen. So that it is not at a 45 degree angle and I am going down there, it is a very large letter. Okay, another way of making the K is a more straight line and I can curve this stroke, instead of making it this way I can make it this way and then there.
Since that looks so fancy and this top looks so plain, I add a little flourish. Okay, and then the letter L, you will see one, two, now see that is much longer than the letter I, the width of it. Since I have this footed edge, I can go back like this. Just add a little hat if I like, you will find your own way of making these letters that fits your personality and that will start becoming a part of you and when readers see your calligraphy, they will know it is by you, the writer.
Another way of making an L, if I make this straight is and that is much more plain, so the letter M and the letter N will make, okay. Just I am going to put a little -- it's a small one, coming down right to the point, right to the line. I am actually going over just a tiny bit of the pencil line, and I am taking another stroke I am going down to meet it. When I make this fourth stroke, my aim, my intention is to make the triangle shape that will come from the white space to match this first triangle, not this second middle triangle, okay. So what I am aiming is that this stroke and this stroke are balanced, not this stroke okay. That is just fine as an M as a capital M, it doesnt need anymore curlicues added to it. But if I want to make curlicues on the end, I can go this way and I went way below the line and it is a very big letter. Okay, and then the letter N is more straight and to make it slanted, here -- and another end one more and this time, I will go from the bottom up and just leave it as that. So, these are the letters capital letters A through N and we will do next, the rest of the letters O through Z.