The lost art of handwriting is getting a massive revival thanks to movements like Supercalligraphylistic by Edria Handuran. “Centring on calligraphy art and floral watercolour painting, I found that calligraphy is a powerful tool to convey positive message and encouragements that can impact people.”
Supercalligraphylistic has been featured in many art journals and art television shows, and the movement is not stopping its forward momentum anytime soon. Everyone is welcomed to learn the art of calligraphy in a positive, laid-back environment. “With ten to 15 participants in varied venues from classrooms to long-table coffee shops, the vibe of the class is casual and relaxed, yet informative and educative. By the end of the class, all participants will be able to use calligraphy art with floral painting to create a beautiful final artwork,” Edria added.
NOW! Jakarta sits down with founder Edria Handuran and talks about her calligraphy movement—its core philosophy and how people can easily join the classes.
Would you mind telling us a little bit about your calligraphy movement, Supercalligraphylistic?
Basically Supercalligraphylistic is my own personal platform to promote calligraphy art and floral watercolor painting. I found that calligraphy is a powerful tool to convey positive message and encouragements that can impact people. The skill itself is therapeutic and satisfying, which is why my current mission for Supercalligraphylistic is to share this knowledge, to teach calligraphy, specifically modern calligraphy using brush and watercolor paint.
What inspired you to take on calligraphy in the first place?
I have always been passionate about art and music since I was very young, so when I discover the art of calligraphy in the recent years, I was very drawn to it. Intrigued by the beautiful forms and shapes of letters, I fell in love with calligraphy. After a long journey of self-learning and also classroom learning, I found my own creating style and ready to spread it around.
Please describe your typical class.
My class is relatively small, with ten to fifteen participants, and the venue varies from a real classroom to a long table at a coffee shop. The vibe of the class is casual and relaxed, yet still informative and educative. The duration of the class is four hours in which the participants will learn the basic strokes of calligraphy, shapes and anatomy of twenty six alphabet letters, basic watercolor skill and loose floral painting. By the end of the class, all participants will be able to combine the calligraphy art with the floral painting, creating a beautiful final artwork.
How can our readers interested in calligraphy sign up for your lessons?
I regularly post information about my calligraphy classes on my instagram account : Supercalligraphylistic. I also work with a well-established marketplace platform called MauBelajarApa.com where you can search and register for offline vocational classes. My calligraphy classes can also be found there.
The current issue highlights contemporary art. What’s your take on Jakarta’s current scene of contemporary art?
It seems that contemporary art exhibitions in Jakarta are not always ideally exposed. But considering the locals’ recreational behaviour, in which they would prefer malls and coffee shops rather than art exhibitions in general, the education on contemporary art itself appears to be more needed than the exposure.
Any message to our readers?
Never stop learning. Learning new skills is an essential part of personal growth and mental wellness. So either it is art or culinary or business, we are never too old, too wise, or too smart to learn something new.