Japanese-inspired Calligraphy in American Sign Language
Sign language writing has its many potentials for calligraphy, the beauty of writing. Depending on the graphemes of different writing systems, calligraphy may vary from one writing method to another.
Deaf artists explore calligraphy in their signed language from ASL (American Sign Language) to LSF (French Sign Language).
Image above: A Japanese word, "enso" (2015) by Jolanta Lapiak. Experimental ASL writing.
Image above: "Spring Dawn (2012-2013)" by Jolanta Lapiak.
Jolanta Lapiak has been exploring both philosophy of language (arche-writing, Derrida, and such) and a writing method for ASL since the beginning in her graduate studies in 2005. She is greatly influencd and inspired by Japanese calligraphy.
Image above: "Dandelion Seed" (2014?) by Adrean Clark.
Above: Adrean Clark described her calligraphy in ASLwrite as "top is left hand in '5' handshape, bottom is index finger with thumb stroke making the shape of the dandelion seed tip."
Image above: "(untitled)" (2015) by Jolanta Lapiak.
Left image: "Travel, writing, photography, art, storytelling." These are the translation of the digits above.
Right image: "ASL Writing Art".
Other writing systems
Artist: unknonw. Source: smyle website.
Artist: unknown. Source: smyle website
The two images above are written in SMYLE used in French Sign Language. Their graphemes can be expressed that is very close in appearance to the Asian and Arabic calligrpahy.