This Artist Preserves Ancient “Woman Hand” Writing Style

This Artist Preserves Ancient “Woman Hand” Writing Style

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Secret message writing has always been a rich segment of the written word’s history. One Chinese folktale explains how Ming revolutionaries overthrew Mongolian rulers by smuggling messages inside of mooncakes. For nearly one-thousand-years, Japanese women were discouraged from studying the standard writing system known as Kanji, and instead developed a secret script called Kana to write literature, arrange meetings, and express themselves freely within the restrictive lifestyles of royal courts.     According to The Guardian, language standardizations at the beginning of the 20th century saw ninety-percent of Kana’s five-hundred-fifty characters die out. However, these lost characters are being preserved …

Waste Hours of Your Life Watching Master Calligrapher Do His Thing

Waste Hours of Your Life Watching Master Calligrapher Do His Thing

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Calligraphy is the art of making writing nice to look at, also known as that thing you see someone else do and promise yourself you’ll learn. Luckily, the internet exists and there’s ample opportunity to watch people who are good at calligraphy write pretty words.   Made by Edgar is one such internet presence. The guy is all over the internet—reddit, Instagram (@made.by.edgar), Youtube. You name the social network, Edgar’s got his calligraphy on it. His Instagram is filled with insane pieces. Watching the process unfold before your eyes is actual magic.     A post shared by Made by …