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Vernacular domestic lettering
Cyrillic alphabet and Russian typographic tradition

Olga Florenskaya

Session B03 | Palace B
Friday 19 September | 12:00 – 12:50

Theme Cyrillic | Duration: 50 minutes

Olga Florenskaya has opened the topic of Vernacular domestic lettering in the mid-1980s, when she started collecting the particular examples of non-professional forms of lettering in the cityscape. She has published the book “Psychology of domestic lettering”, where she has described and analyzed the numerous examples taken from the real life. Most of the items of her collection had a practical use. Olga pays a particular attention in her research to Cyrillic peculiarities of vernacular lettering. The session will be illustrated with numerous items from Olga’s collection.

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Olga Florenskaya

Artist | Russia

Olga Florenskaya was born in Leningrad in 1960. She graduated from the faculty of ceramics at Leningrad Higher Art Industrial School named after Muhina (the former School by baron Stieglitz). She is involved in different kinds of arts: painting, ceramics, sculpture, book illustration and graphics (she is famous for lots of collages from paper and fabrics) literature activity, journalism and animation. In 1994 she made an animation film «A story about the best of wonders». Her works are kept in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Russian Museum, many other museums of Russia, as well as in collections of museums in Helsinki, London and Warsaw. She lives and works in St Petersburg.

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