Artsynibs - One Year On

Joyce Lee - Artsynibs - at our Calligraphy WorkshopA guest post by Artsynibs, who we were lucky enough to learn a lot from back when she taught a calligraphy workshop here at Cult Pens.

About this time last year, I shared the beginnings of the Artsynibs journey as part of Cult Pens' World Calligraphy Day series. I wrote about what sparked my interest in pointed pen calligraphy, how the business came to be and where it brought me.

Joyce looking at an installation of lots of lights2019 saw the Artsynibs brand kick off its fifth year of business and a monumental move across the world to Singapore. This is always an interesting one to explain because whilst I am very much Singaporean, Artsynibs calls Manchester home. In many ways, the way Artsynibs functions is very telling of its origins.

Calligraphy by Artsynibs, using Cult Pens Diamine Robert inkThe relocation out of Europe was both concerning and thrilling, especially as a small business. What is the market like in South East Asia? How many people actually practice western calligraphy? What am I up against?

Calligraphy a Continent Away

Zooming in closer to the little red dot I call Singapore, the calligraphy scene is vibrant. The quality of work inspires businesses like me to stay on top of my practice, and there is a huge appetite for learning here.

Where you would expect eastern calligraphy to flourish, you see an abundance of talent in the realm of western calligraphy, be it Italic, English Round Hand, Spencerian, Modern and etc.

Joyce holds framed calligraphyBeing on a tiny island of over 5 million people, anything that takes off, spreads like wildfire. In some ways, investing in the art of beautiful writing has done just that over the last few years. Or so I’ve been told.

What is even more interesting is the age group that these practitioners, both hobbyists and professionals, fall under. I would say anywhere between 18 and 55 years old. Not only is this a fairly wide range, it is extremely encouraging to see that calligraphy is not at all dying in this part of the world.

Artsynibs in Singapore

So where does Artsynibs fit in in all of these?

Quite frankly, this year is a one of market research, relationship building, and simply spending time with family and friends. People and the stories they bring are the things that inspire me. Perhaps this is life’s way of telling me to take a break this year.

Students from a calligraphy class outsideWhilst the workshops are still ongoing, it is still unsure how Artsynibs will evolve over the next few years. Personally, I am leaning towards community building because the one I had in the UK was the one that saw me through everything thus far.

Whatever it is, it still blows my mind how this is all made possible because of calligraphy – a skill that is seen by most as obsolete.

So wherever you are this 14th August, Happy World Calligraphy Day!

9 August 2019

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