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Michael Hughey has had a love affair with beautiful letters since childhood; it continues to this day. Enriched by studies with artists and designers from Europe and the US, Michael feels that "...there is, indeed, an important place in human society for the warmth, beauty, and grace that calligraphy can bring to our lives."
In business 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 broadsides, limited-edition prints, and hand-written books. Sensitive to improving the environment & preserving limited natural resources, we use "green" products & processes whenever possible. The content of Twin Dolphin's published work reflects an appreciation of the universality of spiritual virtues, the unity & brotherhood of mankind, a fondness for life, letters, and language, and a distinct value in the diverse expression of common truth and wisdom from the myriad cultures of our beautiful and fragile planet. In this vein, we strive to make our calligraphic art a fitting ornament for the thought or expression. Twin Dolphin sells prints and cards primarily in fine art & craft galleries, gift stores, bookstores, and directly by mail.
2018 Demonstration Dates at the Folk Art Center, Asheville: April 22—28; June 1--4; September 6—9; Nov. 23--26. Week-long classes at the J.C.Campbell Folk School (www.FolkSchool.org ) in March & August 2018 and Jan. 2019; see online catalog. Michael has taught several levels of design & calligraphy at university and continues to teach group workshops & private students (beginning & advanced) who pursue lettering, calligraphy, & the book arts. 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 Roll of Honor and Life Member 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 publications & books, including: Lettering Arts, Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists, Visible Language, Brilliant Star Magazine, and Letter Arts Review. His creations are in several public and many private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, NY, and The Bahá'í World Centre, Haifa, Israel.