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The rebirth of calligraphy: beautiful handwriting that makes our body and mind healthy and relaxed

  • Calligraphy stimulates neuronal activity, helping us to develop a broader vocabulary and write texts that are more comprehensive.
  • Increased handwriting activity helps to acquire information faster, helping us to concentrate for longer periods of time
  • Our haptic perception becomes more acute, increasing the tactile experiences we lose when typing on mobile and electronic devices.
  • Calligraphy helps us to store a repertoire of movements, enabling the construction of a greater motor memory
  • Handwriting creates many important nerve connections to learn and create ideas more quickly
  • Finally, the study of calligraphy helps us to relax, to find time for our mind to unwind.

Why calligraphy makes us feel well

You might have noticed that it is surprisingly tiring to take notes during a meeting or to draw up a shopping list when you hold a pen and write the words on paper. For the "digital natives", handwriting is a secondary action compared to typing on the keyboard of a device, if not something quite unknown; for the "analogic people", the advent of digital technologies turned basic handwriting – not to mention the far more complex art of calligraphy, into something increasingly marginal, in an imperceptible but progressive decline.

Today, however, a reversal of the trend has begun, which contributes to restoring importance to this practice, which seemed destined to disappear. All over the world, in fact, there is a renewed interest, if not a real cult, in calligraphy and stationery, the "tools" necessary to handwriting.

A handwritten diary is an invaluable source of memories
It is not surprising, in fact, that today one of the most sought-after professions in the field of design is that of the calligrapher, or that, after a sleep that lasted too long, writing instruments that we thought had disappeared in the mists of time are appearing once again, meeting the favour of an increasingly wide audience.

After the rediscovery of bound notebooks, stationery franchises spread and saw a real boom in the sale of pens, notebooks, pencils and other objects for handwriting, drawing and calligraphy (which one could see as a blend of the previous two activities). Thinking of these places, one should not imagine cold and grey environments dedicated to the poor office stationery, but warm, elegant, vintage shops, full of refined and unique objects for your calligraphy to blossom.

Let’s be honest, who wouldn't be thrilled today to receive a real and beautifully hand-written letter instead of an email?

On the wave of this success, people also rediscovered historical stationery stores and specialised shops.  Just like in a real boutique, calligraphy enthusiasts can be guided by experts to discover the best pencils in the world.

Not dissimilar to the world of Harry Potter and the search to find the perfect wand, new calligraphers get lost in the infinite world of ballpoint pens or fountain pens, looking for the one that best suits their handwriting style.

A cult imprinted in the pages of Stationery Fever, the guide written by John Z. Komurki that officially sanctioned the reborn global passion for stationery.

The importance of the handwriting gesture

The success of the stationery shops is the most visible aspect of the rediscovery of handwriting. It has finally been scientifically proven that handwriting offers unsuspected benefits, so much so that schools of all levels and universities around the world - from China to the most renowned English universities, up to Harvard - are encouraging its recovery through targeted courses.
Practice makes, when not perfect, certainly better
To speak better, you need to write well
Numerous pedagogical studies have found that children who are able to master italics and other handwriting styles in school age develop a greater neuronal activity, have a wider vocabulary and a greater ability to compose written texts than those who mainly use electronic devices.

Manual writing also plays a decisive role in information acquisition processes, involving parts of the brain that are not activated during message input. This happens for several reasons: first of all, during manual writing the attention is placed on a single spatial and temporal point, since the graphic gesture takes place in the circumscribed area where the pen traces the sign on paper.

Learning to write by hand from a young age makes the child more creative
Writing helps concentration
This involves greater concentration on the part of the writer and the involvement of the whole body in the act of writing, while typing on devices and reading on the screen, during which the eyes move continuously from one point to another of the display space, compress the space of attention and reduce memory skills.
Handwriting allows us to isolate oureselves from the rest of the world, to focus on one single thing
Sharpen your senses with the help of a pen
While learning calligraphy, haptic perception, the combination of tactile perception and voluntary movements, comes into play. This is what we use, for example, when we explore an object with our hands: visual, tactile and proprioceptive data, which involve the whole body, thus resulting in an experience that does not end in a mental process, as happens in video writing.

The learning of the capital and italics styles, the bases of modern day calligraphy, requires the acquisition of a wealth of hand movements that, according to neurophysiology, allow the construction of an important motor memory. Interestingly, these two names are rather misleading: the capital style involves the use of capital letters and is more commonly known in printing, and it was thus known as the “printed style”. On the other hand, italics was born in France, and it was widely adopted in schools throughout Europe since the nineteenth century for its speed of execution.

Letters from the past with a very modern writing style
Handwriting makes us more creative and faster learners
Handwriting also makes the creation of important and lasting nerve connections possible, which would otherwise be destined to disappear. The result, documented in the study conducted by Dr. Virginia Berninger from the University of Washington, is that those who master handwriting show more creativity, learn better, have more ideas and can consistently produce more words in handwriting than with a keyboard.

Calligraphy makes us unique

In addition to the intrinsic beauty of manual writing, calligraphy responds to the need to slow down, which technologically advanced societies are showing with increasing intensity. Sitting down to write a letter, keeping a diary and taking notes can be considered activities similar to meditation, which allow you to create a space of self-care.
Writing is not just a mean to an end, it's a relaxing journey for our mind
Handwriting also means experiencing authenticity, as stated in an article in Medium Jon Marcus, who is in charge of education for The New York Times and other newspapers. Manual writing reveals much of the author's personality and is something unique and always different.

Now that lifestyle and wellness trends are decidedly oriented towards listening to the needs of balance, self-recognition, living in harmony with oneself and the environment, calligraphy is interpreted for the first time as a practice of well-being.

The joy of opening a sealed letter, the scent of ink on paper
This is why evenings such as Sip & Script, where you meet for a drink and learn the art of calligraphy in an informal environment, or other calligraphy courses that are spread throughout the world, or even associations such as Letter Writers, which welcomes those who cultivate the noble art of lettering, are so successful. Because, let's face it, who wouldn't be thrilled today if to receive a real handwritten letter instead of an email?

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