We are home from our two weeks in Turkey. Joining my husband on his tours is always immensely nourishing but this one was a special gift - a country my grandparents lived in and loved. That I never visited them there has been a deep regret.
The only (the only) thing I missed was time to explore the typographic heritage of this ancient country. Dilek is writing her PhD on Turkey’s alphabet reform and her interim reporting provided excellent base. Next time - there will be a next time - I will absorb the type. A collection of the crude and colourful signage alone would be a great project.
Here, inscriptions at Thyatira, now ruinous, once known for its rigorous industry and manufacturing. The forms here were unanimously fine (thin, deep stems) square and, from my perspective, refined - very pretty.