The Beauty of the Hebrew Letter: From Sacred Scrolls to Graffiti
Izzy PludwinskiCloth: $50.00
"This is a treat for the eyes and mind."
Izzy Pludwinski has an artist’s eyes and the disciplined hands of a master scribe. In this beautiful book he writes from the heart with deep understanding of the techniques and rhythms of traditional and modern Hebrew letterforms and shows us how the aleph-bet continues to evolve, versatile and beautiful, as a vitally expressive contemporary art form.
Izzy Pludwinski is an artist, an artisan, and a master teacher. His letterforms sing and soar. Were all the skies made of parchment, all the seas overflowing with ink, every reed and quill a pen, and everyone a scribe by trade, I cannot image a better, more accessible, more consummately gorgeous book on Hebrew calligraphy could be created. This work is a gift that deserves to be given to all whom we love, and to all whom we wish to introduce to the breathtaking beauty of Hebrew script.
—Marc Michael Epstein
Much has been published on Latin, Chinese, and Arabic calligraphy, but relatively little on beautiful Hebrew writing. This book fills the gap in a most comprehensive way, profusely illustrated with examples from thousands of years ago to the present day; running the gamut from polished, consistent letterforms to wildly abstract expressions of the alphabet – including three-dimensional carved examples and even street graffiti. For an overview of the possibilities for beauty offered by Hebrew letters there is no better resource than this book.
—Jerry Kelly, award-winning book designer, printer, calligrapher and president of The Typofiles
This magnificent book is a complete joy, uplifting and energizing. It will be a classic.
—Ewan Clayton, calligrapher, teacher and writer is Professor of Design, University of Sunderland, and staff member at The Royal Drawing School, UK
This is a treat for the eyes and mind.
...a book for font enthusiasts, lovers of Judaica, and those passionate about the minutiae and range of the written form. ..The Beauty of the Hebrew Letter demonstrates how prolifically [ritual objects] can be multiplied and meaningfully interpreted in the hands of artists throughout the centuries.
Izzy Pludwinski is a Jerusalem based professional calligrapher, and Sofer STaM. He is the author of Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy (Toby Press), which was chosen as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards in 2014. His works have been included in international exhibitions in England, the US, and St. Petersburg, and he has had several one-man shows in Israel. His works have been featured many times in the prestigious Letter Arts Review journal. Though firmly entrenched in the world of traditional Judaica, Izzy's calligraphic passion lies in finding ever-new expressive forms for the Hebrew aleph-bet—a path that has led him to anywhere from font development to Zen-influenced abstract Hebrew calligraphy. He showcases examples both ancient and modern in this book: from scrolls to graffiti.