Type Kita Typography Exhibit

Most of the time I am excited by art that is not restricted to traditional mediums and I think type is often taken for granted because it is integrated into something we see and use daily. Just think how exciting things can be when looked at or interpreted differently.

That's exactly what I came to see at the Type Kita typography exhibit. This is a specialized art exhibit that showcases some of the Metro's prolific letterers and calligraphers. An exhibit that is the first of its kind, its proceeds would be donated to our typhoon-afflicted neighbors in Tacloban, that alone deserves a nod.

The two-day exhibit took place in the 10a Alabama which is a handmade crafts and arts trove, just the right place for a specialized exhibit such as Type Kita to be held at.

See all the art pieces on display at Type Kita's album

Aislinn's wish, art for a cause.

Apart from the art exhibit were pocket-activities such as concessionaires selling lettering kits and other handmade items among which are artworks, a stamping booth, and the casual calligraphy sessions. I attended Fozzy Castro-Dayrit's (The Fozzy Book) casual calligraphy lesson and Patrick Cabral's (Calligravity) live demos with Artline pens. Both artists have different styles which you can tell apart (see autographs below).
Fozzy peering over at Patrick's work while exhibit goers look on to see what Patrick is writing

Patrick doing a calligraphy autograph for my seatmate Erica, she also got one from Fozzy.

There was also a video screening area featuring videos on calligraphy for anyone to enjoy.

Mang Roland, a sign maker, whose style highlights Jeepney typography, authentically Filipino if I may say so myself. He took signage requests at 50 a piece for both days of the fair.
His works include the signs around the exhibit such as this one where the casual lessons were held.

Some take-aways from this exhibit were advice from the casual lessons I got to attend. Fozzy says that one shouldn't be discouraged to take up calligraphy because of bad handwriting. It doesn't follow that bad handwriting equals to bad calligraphy.

From Patrick, "Practice" because muscle memory helps you get better at lettering and that no matter how skilled you are, don't attempt to recreate type faces that look exactly like a paid-font (on a digital aspect, that is).

I'd like to congratulate the organizers of this event, its been a daunting task to put up a specialized exhibit but they pulled it of without a cinch leaving us type and lettering fans hoping for another installation.

Later Days!

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