A Lighter Side of History: Exploring the Splendour of Western Penmanship through the Letters of Sir Stamford Raffles

CREATE Space at PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore,
Level 3
Session 1: 1.30pm – 3pm | Session 2: 3.30pm – 5pm
Free admission with registration

Penmanship is a fascinating form of art. Drawing references from letters written by Sir Stamford Raffles, this programme offers a lighter perspective of the historical personality through the style of penmanship he adopted, and the possible types of tools he used in those days. This programme includes a live calligraphy demonstration by the speaker, who is himself a master of the craft.

About the speaker 

Clarence Valerius Wee is a calligrapher and the founder of Craft Varies, a studio based in Singapore. Specialising in calligraphy and handcrafted work, including handwritten invitations, envelopes, sign painting and calligraphic art pieces, Craft Varies works closely with commercial and personal clients to send customised messages to their intended recipients.

Clarence discovered his passion for typography during the course of his education in design when he started to appreciate letterforms. This led to his dedication to master calligraphy, a craft he believes is worth cherishing.

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