NEW YORK (Reuters) – Calligraphy was invented by American calligraper Audrey Ko in 1909 and is now being revived as a way to communicate, and it is making its way back into classrooms and offices around the world, according to a Reuters investigation.
The calligraphies of the 1800s were handcrafted in the homes of people who did not know how to read, and many of them were based on hand-drawn designs.
In the 1980s, as people began to understand how to use computers, they began using the internet to connect to the work of a few artists, many of whom were not from the United States.
Today, the internet is also helping to re-create the work that was done by the original artists, using a combination of free software and other services.
Many calligrahers say the internet will one day be the key to creating a digital version of their work.
“If you want to get into the calligraphic tradition, there is no better way than to use the internet,” said Jeff Davis, who is teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the first to use a computer to draw a calligraphical portrait.
“It’s a way of communicating and it’s a great way of learning.”
But some calligrammers say they are being overtaken by the popularity of the digital arts, including music videos and computer games.
“There is a new trend that is taking over the world right now and they want to take over the art world,” said Robert DeLong, a calligraphy historian at the College of Charleston.
“I think it’s pretty sad to see this.”
The Calligraphic Society, founded in 1986, represents thousands of calligricists and the artists who work with them.
It is funded by the American calligraphic Society, which says the group is committed to preserving the art form.
In 2015, the society adopted a resolution calling on the United Nations to protect the heritage of the arts and calligraphics.
But the calligraphists say they face threats from hackers, who break into their computers to steal their artwork and take it with them when they go abroad.
“The calligrics we use are in the public domain and we can’t sue,” said DeLong.
“We just hope that we can be protected from them.”
“It is the art of the mind and the art that comes from within and is a work of art,” said Davis.
“There is no way that they can do that to us.”
The Society has also become an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s decision to allow private companies to sell computer-generated graphics that are not licensed by the government.
Some calligrists say they believe the Obama Administration has gone too far and are trying to shut down the art.
“To my knowledge, they haven’t done anything about it,” said Kelly DeRosa, who also teaches at the school.
“It’s not about protecting the art or keeping it out of the hands of criminals.”
The calligerists’ calligraphial art is one of the most popular and enduring art forms on the internet.
Its popularity is partly due to the fact that it is an artistic expression of the way the human mind works.
But it has also been a target of attacks, including one in March from hackers who stole more than 30,000 calligraphymorphological paintings, including works by DeLong and Davis.
The theft came after an online forum, called a hacker collective known as Anonymous, began posting links to the stolen artworks, calling it “stolen art.”
The thieves then took credit for the artwork by posting a message saying the hackers were not responsible for the stolen work.
The artists’ groups say they have no knowledge of any of the attacks, and they have sought to protect their work from such threats by putting it on a blacklist of “pirate” or “cyber-espionage” sites.
“Our calligraphys are being stolen all over the place and the thieves are coming after us because they want us to shut up,” said Joshua Miller, who teaches at Santa Clara University.
“We can’t afford to lose any of our work.”
The artists are also concerned about the effect the theft has on the legacy of the art in general and their calligraphs in particular.
“Some of the calligs we have been doing for 40 years, they’ve been stolen and put in a bad state of preservation,” said Miller.