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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 49 years, Twin Dolphin Design is a modest graphic design and publishing studio, specializing in calligraphy, typography, design, and illustration. As well as meeting the needs of clients, we create, publish, and distribute original note cards, post cards, matted and framed broadsides, limited-edition prints, and hand-written books. Sensitive to improving the environment and preserving limited natural resources, we use "green" products and processes whenever possible. 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 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 and craft galleries, gift stores, bookstores, and directly by mail.
Exhibition Dates at Folk Art Center: "Hand Over Matter," Feb. 9 --May 7, 2019. Demonstration Dates at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC: 2019 schedule TBA. Week-long classes at the J.C.Campbell Folk School (www.FolkSchool.org ) in Jan. and Oct. 2019; please see online catalog. Michael has taught several levels of design and calligraphy at university and continues to teach group workshops and private students (beginning and advanced) who pursue better handwriting, lettering, calligraphy, illumination, and other book and scribal 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, and 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 and books, including: Lettering Arts, Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists, Visible Language, Brilliant Star Magazine, and Letter Arts Review. His text book on calligraphy, The Beginning Hand, is available directly from him. His creations are in several public and many private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, NY, and The Bahá'í World Centre, Haifa, Israel.