Art Nouveau Lettering Style with Speedball A Nib

Inspired by both organic and geometric forms, Art Nouveau first appeared in Brussels in the late 1800's and quickly spread through Belgium and France and all throughout Europe. During this time, the Art Nouveau Style can be seen most prominently in furniture, textiles, architecture, interior design, glass art,  ceramics, jewelry and graphic design. Art Nouveau lettering styles took on the overall look and design of the trend of very high or very low waistlines, diagonal and triangular shapes, curved organic shapes, and long lines. In this class, we will explore the Hill House Typeface using the Speedball A-1 nib. This typeface is said to be based on the "distinctive handwriting" of Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Come join me in getting to know the Speedball "square bent nib" through a series of warm-up exercises and let's have some fun learning this stylish asymmetrical typeface!

Topics Covered: 

  • Bent nibs
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Hill House
  • Warm-up Exercises
  • Hill House Alphabet

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 Instructor: Jane Matsumoto


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