Sunday, July 1, 2012

Basler Papiermühle

The Basler Papiermühle is a fully functioning workshop. During Sarah’s visit, we were able to try our hands at paper making, typesetting, calligraphy . . . etc. She was enthralled by the historical exhibits and the technical artistry of the craft transfixed me. The workshop employs methods used from the Middle Ages up to the start of mechanization in the 19th century. I am adamant that typography is the ART of producing a text by means of letters, lines, pictures, spaces, etc. The result is apparent whenever we read a text, whether print or electronic. The design and development of a typeface is, in my personal opinion, an art form. Wouldn’t you agree? Have you ever marveled at the beauty of a manuscript?

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