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Jake Weidmann, master penman, hopes to revive penmanship as art
January 23, 2016
While most people his age type away at laptops and keyboards on other digital devices, Jake Weidmann concentrates on defending the waning art of penmanship.
A 2015 video posted by Uproxx, shows the detailed work of Weidmann, one of only 12 master penman in the world today. The video not only describes the history of penmanship, but the work and process of this Colorado-based artist, the exclusive group's youngest master.
"Jake's unique," Michael Sull, director of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting says in the video. "His skill is amongst the highest of any living penman I know of today."
Sull maintains that penmanship was a major influencer on business prominence after the American Civil War. The historic skill's declining use during the digital age makes Weidmann's story even more rare. However, Weidmann maintains an essential bond connects penmanship and content.
"We're abdicating so much of what we're learning or retaining, not to our own memories, but to the memories of our computers and other devices," Weidmann says. He emphasizes the idea that tactile production of letters, words and sentences can strengthen the ability to understand and retain information.
The young master hopes to inspire more young artists to explore and fall in love with penmanship.
Weidmann's artistic pursuits also include drawing, painting and sculpture.
"If I was going to be an artist, then everything that came from my hand had to be beautiful," Weidmann says.