When Rosalind Wyatt begins her version of calligraphy, she uses neither ink nor pen. “I sketch with a needle and thread,” says the young British artist, whose chosen palette is words rather than paint or crayon. Not unlike the way a portraitist gazes at her subject and transfers what she sees to a canvas, Wyatt studies handwriting and replicates what she reads with a needle and thread to cloth.
“I start by analyzing that person’s particular style of handwriting and lettering,” she says from her London studio. “It’s not a slavish copying. I never preprint anything to a surface. I might change the lineation and line length of something someone writes and that’s where the design work comes in. It’s what I call my writing with a needle.”
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WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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