In today’s world, where communication almost always happens digitally, there’s a certain old-fashioned charm attached to the printed word, and even more so to the hand-written word.
The old art of calligraphy was practiced in the West, mainly in Latin script, but also in Asia, India and the Islamic world. It has mostly disappeared, pushed aside by the normal ballpoint pen, and of course, the Internet.
A young Parisian, Nicolas Ouchenir, is making the elegant style of writing hip again. Ouchenir is a self-taught calligraphist, who gives his own modern interpretation to the age-old craft.
His way of expressive and harmonious writing is very recognizable because of his signature style. He’s often asked to work on invitations for fashion events by the many fans he has accumulated over the years – he is said to write 15,000 invitations every fashion month!
Instead of receiving a printed invite, a guest gets a meticulously hand-written one. It’s luxurious, personal and feels exclusive – not something easily thrown away, but something to cherish and keep safe.
Take a look at Ouchenir’s work on his website: