Just like I knew I wanted to carve a set of wings for my bride long before I met my wife, I always knew I wanted to carve a swan cradle for my firstborn. So, when my wife and I found out the wonderful news that we were expecting our baby girl - Emma Jane- in May 2017, my hands started in on the long stirrings of my heart.
Valentine’s Day is upon us and I am a hopeless romantic with a pen – brace yourself!
I happen to think, with every bias admitted, that calligraphy is the most romantic art form ever invented; words of love established by passion, stroked with affection, and adorned with beauty are sent through the eyes as beams of light to the soul.
Calligrapher or not, everyone has the ability to romance their beloved through the power of writing.
While there have been countless subjects depicted through flourishing, birds have risen to the top as the favorite subject of the pen flourisher throughout the ages. Birds are the icon of grace and whimsy. “They’re a great subject to depict with the fine strokes of the pen because of their aerodynamic form,” says Jake, my bird flourishing expert. “Birds are full of life, and that vitality can easily be given to the bird on paper through flourishing. The art form matches the subject.”
It was this time last year that the work of Master Penman Jake Weidmann was displayed in every Apple store worldwide. Though we had been working closely with Apple for months in advance, we were still in total amazement to see the fruition of his work all lit up and magnified for millions to see.
It was only after I'd finished "Indivisible," that I noticed a heart makes an appearance in both pieces. All of my work take on lives of their own at some point, and these ones certainly did; curating themselves into themes and messages that I myself learn from. It's the most humbling thing as an artist when I allow the message of the work to first speak to me. When I do, I can better articulate its message to others, and even then, I'm still learning.
Though many people and organizations have put their hands to its parts over the years, it is known that a single artist has not illuminated the entirety of the Bible for over 400 years- until now. We believe this collaboration of the Word and Jake Weidmann has been ordained for such a time as this.
Genesis is the first of Weidmann's 66 Books of the Bible series. We hope you join us on this exciting adventure.