I'm into love. And calligraphy. So when Pen Heaven asked me to get involved with their Valentine Haiku project, I couldn't say no. The brief was to create a Haiku [a Japanese short poem, featuring 3 lines, of 5, 7 & 5 syllables] and then to write it out using one of their super fancy pens. See below the pewter beauty I chose!

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy

A Haiku is traditionally written on the subject of love, nature and emotions, and often includes a juxtapositional element. I'm generally better with pictures than I am words... although I've always seen beauty in language, so I gave it my best shot, and as per usual snuck some stars in! I created two versions using black and white ink, representing the dark and light theme; you can see the finished piece below. 

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Haiku

In the original I added some golden touches in for the stars, which I've got pinned up in the studio - since it is the season. Although, I'm not a huge fan of the commercialness of Valentine's day, (I hate the idea of forced roses on 14th February & neglected romance throughout the year) I do think any celebration of love and giving is special, be it with partners, friends, family.  Everyone needs a little love, and there can always be more flowers.  

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Haiku

Thanks for asking me to contribute Pen Heaven! Head over to their blog to see some other calligrapher's work, including Olive & Reid and Oakleaf Calligraphy. 

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