"Perhaps that is the way to get handwriting back into our lives – as something which is a pleasure, which is good for us, and which is human in ways not all communication systems manage to be. It will never again have the place in people’s lives that it had in 1850. But it should, like good food or the capacity to take a walk, have some place in our lives from which it is not going to be dislodged. I want to know what people are like from their handwriting – friends, intimates, acquaintances, strangers, and people I can never and will never meet. I want everyone to maintain an intimate and unique connection with words and ink and paper and the movement of hand and arm. I want people to write, not on special occasions, but daily."
Reed College calligraphy instructor Robert J. Palladino [who taught at Reed from 1969 to 1984, and will be returning to teach at Scriptorium] speaks about calligraphy at Reed, and his relationships with Father Edward Catich (1906–1979) and Lloyd Reynolds (1904–1978). Palladino gave this talk, followed by an exquisite demonstration of italic letter forms on June 10, 2011, during Reed’s Centennial Reunions Celebration.
During the talk Palladino reflected:
"I saved a note that Lloyd wrote many years ago that sums up his idea of calligraphy: ‘Calligraphy is a striving toward pure spirit through total design, involving a rhythm expressive of both the meaning of the passage and the feeling of the calligrapher regarding the passage, but according to the meaning of the passage, not self-expression.’"