Well it all started when I ordered some samples of some expensive letterpress invitations and I have fallen in love and have to have them. They are so beautiful words really do not do them justice, and nothing else I have looked at compares. I love and adore all things Bella Figura. A bold statement I know but they are first class all the way.
Here is your history lesson for the day:
Letterpress printing is a term for the relief printing of text and image using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive reight-reading image. It was the normal form of printing text in the west from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th centry until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century (found on wikipedia).
Calligraphy is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (found on wikipedia).
Calligraphy first appeared around 600 BC in Rome, and I won't bore you with all the juicy details of the history and preservation of this fascinating art form.
Our beautiful, lovely, amazing wedding invitations have arrived. We only have two months left till the big day and I can not wait to drop these little babies in the mail.