“From Traditional Cyrillic to Contemporary Cyrillic” with Dina Ruzha: Saturday, April 6


From Traditional Cyrillic to Contemporary Cyrillic:
A Slide Lecture with Dina Ruzha

Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Cyrillic art of lettering has a thousand-year-old history. Since the 18th Century, the Latin world has been inspiring the Cyrillic letterforms, but Cyrillic can inspire Latin designers for the new features and forms as well.

From this presentation, you’ll know about historical old Cyrillic handwritings such as ‘ustav,’ ‘polu-ustav’, ornamental ligature script ‘vyaz’ and cursive script ‘skoropis.’ You’ll see the extensive development of the letterforms in the 18th Century because of the reform of Peter the Great. The most exciting part is the revival of Old Cyrillic in the 20th Century and contemporary times. New experiments with old Cyrillic styles do not break away from the high and lasting tradition of the noble art of lettering.

See more samples here.

Dina Ruzha is a lettering artist, calligrapher, and illustrator. She works with publishing houses, makes book covers, and lettering. Her calligraphy works are exhibited in the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow (Russian Federation), and in private collections in Russia, Norway, and the USA.  She has dedicated a large part of her life to teaching calligraphy and lettering. 

07-Life of Gregory of Omyrity, XVII

(Artwork: top – Vyaz; bottom – Life of Gregory Omyrity, XVIII)