Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century | Jake Weidmann | TEDxMileHigh

14/07/2014 17:19:19

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What is the future of writing in the digital age, and why does it matter? In this surprising talk, Master Penman Jake Weidmann explores the connections between the pen and how we learn, think, and carry our cultural heritage at a time when the very act of writing is being dropped from school curricula across the country.

Jake Weidmann became the youngest person to receive his Master Penman certificate in July 2011. He works across several mediums including drawing in pencil and charcoal; pen and ink; painting in acrylic, airbrush, oil and gouache; sculpting in wood, bone, antler and clay; and is versed in numerous forms of calligraphy. He is best known for the integration of flourishing and hand- lettering in his art. Jake also designs his own hand-made pens. He, like his pens, travels the globe, reintroducing this Old World art form and cultivating its relevance in the world of today, of tomorrow, and forevermore.

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IPJ Bradley

Master Penman indeed, that spiral drawing is brilliant. That was a very enjoyable Ted Talk, thanks for posting..

07/06/2016
yoan26sept

He is so inspiring. Superb. Wonderful personality.

27/05/2016
boredgrass

Why does every Ted talk sound like a Ted talk, and only as Ted talks do? Does YouTube need a Ted talk filter? Oh Yes! I bet every emotional meaningfull bone under my lower back!

21/05/2016
zenofalex

posit….
Is this guy a brilliant penman because he is, quite obviously, a brilliant and eloquent person,
or…
Is this guy a brilliant and eloquent person because of his, quite obvious, brilliant penmanship and the cognitive fortitude formed by mastering such a craft ?
Are they exclusive qualities, or are they dependant, one on the other….or perhaps they are mutually arising and reciprocally fortifying qualities that synergistically build, one another.
or…maybe I just dabbled in too much chemistry in college, and when at times like these, when I try to spell out my thoughts, it kinda shows……?

15/05/2016
Arif Brick

what is the third literacy. He only mentioned two, or did I missed something?

04/05/2016
Akshay Dhargave

This is so inspiring. I'm in college and my teachers too pass around my written assignments around the class to showcase my handwriting to my other batchmates. I'm surely going to learn more of this and aim to be more creative at it. :

03/05/2016
FNA

There is too much information to teach in schools as it is. Some things need to go. We can't trow a fit every time kids aren't taught the same things we were. Penmanship just doesn't have enough practical application to stay on curriculum. Perhaps it can be taught during art classes along with painting and drawing.

27/04/2016
Jhetner

I can feel the tremble in his voice, you know he's nervous and serious. awesome

27/04/2016
Abdullah Shahid

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