I was surprised to see a calligrapher mentioned on the front page of CNN this morning, and pleased to click through.
If you scroll past the political bits about top-secret clearance at the top of the article, there are some nice pieces of history, information, and context about the White House calligraphers.
"As calligraphers, we feel like we're playing an integral role. The invitation sets the stage for the whole event. Calligraphers are helping, simply, to set the stage for diplomacy," the former chief calligrapher said.
"Whatever happens, whatever conflicts they have, if you see your name beautifully written on a placard, your nation's flag on a menu, you can't help to soften up a bit," he said. "Protocol is about human interactions, and as calligraphers, it's our job to introduce creativity and beauty."
Indeed, indeed!!! Long live elegant paper goods.