Letter Patterns

Letter written on pale pink parchment in the Copperplate style.

Letter written on pale pink parchment in the Copperplate style.

Letter written on creme parchment in a freehand calligraphy style.

Letter written on creme parchment in a freehand calligraphy style.

Washington, D.C. — I love discovering graphic patterns in everyday objects. In the midst of photographing one of my daily letters, I was surprised to see how beautifully the double-sided writing melded into one another when held up to the light. The result is a chaotic but elegant mashup of letter forms. Sometimes, as in the case of the copperplate lettering, there's a serendipitous symmetry in the letters reflected from the back side.

It is the little, simple—and unexpected—things in life that give us pleasure. 

A special thanks to my pen friend Star Lively, whose beautiful and fluid calligraphy inspired me to loosen my grip and go freehand.