Michael W. & Sherrill A. Hughey

Twin Dolphin Design

Media: Paper

Twin Dolphin Design, P.O. Box 967 Arden, NC 28704

Michael Hughey has been fascinated by letters and alphabets since childhood; the book arts of calligraphy, design, illustration, & typography continue the long love affair with beauty in graphic form to this day. With skill and artistry he uses pen, quill, brush, ink, pigments, gold, and a little magic alchemy to translate an ancient and noble craft into elegant contemporary graphic works. Commissions for graphic design & calligraphy are accepted. Examples include: wedding invitations, certificates, and announcements; corporate identity & logo design; letterheads; poems; hand-written &/or illuminated books; citations; anniversary and birth announcements; awards; resolutions; book & CD covers, Bahá'í-inspired art. His studio is in western North Carolina. View the galleries for many examples of Michael's work.

In business over 45 years, Twin Dolphin Design is a modest graphic design & publishing studio, specializing in calligraphy, typography, design, & illustration. As well as meeting the needs of clients, we create, publish, & distribute original note cards, post cards, matted & framed broad-sides, limited-edition prints, and hand-written books. Sensitive to improving the environment & preserving limited natural resources, we use "green" products & processes. The content of Twin Dolphin's published work reflects an appreciation of the universality of spiritual virtues, the unity and brotherhood of mankind, a fondness for life, letters, and language, and a distinct value in the diverse expressions of common truth and wisdom from the myriad cultures of our beautiful and fragile planet. In this vein, we earnestly strive to make our calligraphic art a fitting ornament for the thought. Twin Dolphin sells prints and cards primarily in fine art & craft galleries, gift stores, bookstores, and directly by mail; however, we are always seeking new outlets and locations. If you like what you see in the virtual Galleries, we invite you to contact us.


2016 Demonstration Dates at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC:  July 1-4; Sept. 9-13; Nov. 3-6; Dec. 26-31. Teaching/Classes at JC Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC: Cursive Italic Hand (Handwriting) for Journaling & Correspondence - April 10-16, 2016 and again in 2017 with the addition of simple bookbinding techniques, April 23 - 28, 2017. Variations on the Foundational Hand - August 21-27, 2016. This course is recommended for those who want to expand their repertoire of alphabets & scripts. Please call the Folk School for details & registration; class sizes are limited (1-800-365-5724). Michael will be selling his artwork, calligraphy, & his book, The Beginning Hand at the 35th international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands 2016, at Warren Wilson College in Black Mountain, June 28-29, 2016.  Michael teaches design, book arts, and calligraphy to private students (beginning & advanced) as well as improved handwriting skills to adults and cursive handwriting to children. Please contact him with your specific project or needs.

He is a co-founder of the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles, the founder, past president, & honorary member of the Carolina Lettering Arts Society, (CLAS) in the Carolinas, and a Life Member and Roll of Honor recipient of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. He served for 8 years on the Board of Directors of HandMade in America, Inc. His published work may be seen in several books & publications, including: Lettering Arts, Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists, Visible Language, Brilliant Star Magazine, and Letter Arts Review. His book, The Beginning Hand: Directions, Reflections, & Suggestions Introducing the Craft & Art of Calligraphy was published in 2012 and is available from him ($45 postage paid in US). His creations are in several public and many private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, NY, and The Bahá'í World Centre, Israel. Michael truly believes that in an age of ever-advancing technology, “ ...there is, indeed, an important place for the human warmth, beauty, and grace that calligraphy can bring to our lives.

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