Calling Cards

I made these drawings for the second Swash & Serif typographic and lettering art show in Toronto in 2016. I had a large drawing from my Dots series in the show but I gave away these cards at the show. The cards are Victorian-era bereavement calling cards that would have been used by people at the time to write a small note while they or the recipient were in a period of mourning.

The cards are roughly 3.5 x 2.5″ with a heavy black border printed some unknown years before I found them in a junk shop. The drawing and text on each card is very in line with the Dots series drawing and also shows the soft influence of designer Karel Martens’ printed works.