Instructor: Barbara Close, Robbie Saslow, Carrie Imai
San Fernando Valley Regional
Contact: Carrie Imai
Contact phone: 818/388-6717
Close workshop $20, Robbie Saslow $30, Carrie Imai $20
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Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings for La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation
Virtual Exhibition at the Minnesota Center for the Book, Minneapolis, MN
Binding by Dominic Riley of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation, an editioned facsimile by SfC founding member and Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press, Kitty Maryatt
La Prose du Transsibérien, published by Sonia Delaunay and Blaise Cendrars in 1913, is the armature on which the drop dead gorgeous bindings in this exhibit are built. Originally folded and bound in a vellum case, the 1913 book explodes into the space you occupy when opened, forcing you to change from a private to a public viewing, a dramatic change in the reading experience. Painter Sonia Delaunay virtually dominates the book, commanding your attention immediately when the book opens with her vibrant, sinuous colors leading you inexorably to the Eiffel Tower. The prose poem by Blaise Cendrars performs its own spectacle in blazing color, taking liberties with poetic form and guiding you on a journey of surprising typographic experiences. For her second act, Sonia Delaunay penetrates the poem with color, reinforcing the shape of the poem. A book with such vitality screams out to the binder: see what you can do with me. This exhibition was inspired by the celebrated binder Paul Bonet, who in 1964, designed an extraordinary binding for a copy of La Prose.
With support from twelve underwriters, Kitty Maryatt initiated the project in 2017 to re-create La Prose using original techniques of letterpress and pochoir. La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation was published in 2018 in an edition of 150 copies, with an additional 30 copies hors commerce for the underwriters. The regular edition is bound in a simple folded vellum cover as in the original, and the deluxe edition is bound in aluminum covers with cut-outs.
The brilliant idea to ask the underwriters (and others) to commission ﬁne bindings
for a traveling exhibit was supported enthusiastically by Simon Eccles and Toby Schwartzburg, co-curators of this exhibit. The result is the dazzling exhibition that is celebrated here.
A virtual two-hour demonstration of pochoir will be given on February 25, 2021 at 8-10 pm EST. The documentary, The Making of a Masterpiece by Rosylyn Rhee, will be shown on March 25, 2021 from 7-9 pm EST. Visit the website above for details about these events.
To purchase the Drop Dead Gorgeous catalog from the MCBA Store, visit https://www.shopmnbookarts.org/?page_n=3. Cost $50.
You can also purchase it from the San Francisco Center for the Book Store, https://sfcb.org. Cost $50.
Kitty Maryatt, Exhibition Curator; Simon Eccles, Co-Curator; Toby Schwartzburg, Co-Curator
UNDERWRITERS of the La Prose Project
Neale M. Albert, New York, NY; Mary Austin, San Francisco, CA; Servane Briand, Palo Alto, CA; John Crichton, San Francisco, CA; Simon Eccles, Boston, MA; Jack Ginsberg, Johannesburg, South Africa; Greg Krisilas, Encino, CA; Eleanore Ramsey, San Francisco, CA; Rob Saunders, San
Presenter: Syeda Ullah
SAN DIEGO REGIONAL CHAPTER
Contact: Kristi Darwick
About the Program
Syeda will teach us how to create gorgeous florals and leaves utilizing the triangle brush in watercolor. Not only will we cover how to paint the flowers and leaves, but sundry techniques, layouts, styles, and color combos. After demonstration, we will be doing a small project. This program is open to students on all levels, from beginning to advanced.
Syeda taught this session for the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter last year. We, the San Diego chapter, are now scheduling it, again, due to popular demand..
Be sure to register to receive the Zoom invitation, which will be sent a couple days before the program.
Questions? E-mail Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org. NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. ** You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.
Host: Nancy Campbell
San Gabriel Valley Regional
Contact: Zoom hosting details TBD. Check back for updates.
Exact times TBD.
Share an evening of fun and sharing on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your art work to share. Members of any regional group are welcome.
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Regional
Contact: Alessandra Kawakubo
Contact phone: 909-839-3221
The Foundational Hand is based on the 10th century Ramsey Psalter (BL, Harley 2904) and was popularized by the English calligrapher Edward Johnston in the early 20th century. This letterform provides an excellent basis for understanding the structure of the minuscule alphabet. The form is based on the circle and vertical straight line, and it provides a very clear concept and a good lettering discipline.
This course begins with analysis of 10thcentury English Carolingian to observe how the form was structured and written. Then we study geometric skeleton form of the Foundational hand. Once the form and letter spacing become familiar, we study weighted form with broad edged tool. We will practice text writing with study of basic design, layout and composition as well as usage of colors.
As the hand’s variation, narrow foundational hand and light weighted contemporary style of the hand will be presented. This study of the Foundational Hand will seed for learning calligraphic letterforms of almost any kind.
Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed on one device); access to a printer is required to print some of the handouts.
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THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Sometimes, people must drop, due to conflicts, etc. To be added to the wait list, please contact Alessandra Kawakubo.
Instructor: Nina Tran
San Diego Regional
Contact: Kristi Darwick
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This class will give you yet another reason to love Foundational Hand -- if that's even possible! In this mini workshop, we'll study and practice the skeletal forms of Edward Johnston's (1872-1944) Foundational hand coupled with skeletal Roman Capitals.
Because this hand is based on a circular o, it's easy and fun to learn. No previous Foundational Hand experience is necessary. In fact, if Foundational Hand is something you've been curious about, perhaps learning this monolinear forms is good place to begin.
This program is open to both members and non-members--price varies based on membership status. Non-members pay $10 more. For this year only (through June 30, 2021), our annual membership is discounted to $25, which gives access to our many members-only events.
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Members, send check for $35
Non-members, send check for $45
Non-members who wish to join, contact Kristi at email@example.com for a membership invoice. Please, include a photograph or scan of your membership form (found at https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf) to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435
Includes Paypal's added fees OF $2 (non-refundable)
Questions? E-mail Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator.
Instructor: Judy Detrick
Often overlooked by calligraphers who seek inspiration from historical scripts, the Dutch masters of the 17th century never fail to astonish and motivate. Not only weris truly original script, and look at its place in modern design. We will analyze what makes the design so dynamic, and learn how to adopt the best parts of what we like about the script—feeling free to mix and match our favorite letterforms from other sources—to create a hand of our own! Learn why the Dutch masters were, and continue to be, so highly regarded by calligraphers the world over. e they virtuosos at rendering most European styles, their technical mastery paved the way for the emergence of pointed pen scripts a century later.
The hand quite distinctly their own is our subject. In this class we will decode the construction and decorative aspects of this truly original script, and look at its place in modern design. We will analyze what makes the design so dynamic, and learn how to adopt the best parts of what we like about the script—feeling free to mix and match our favorite letterforms from other sources—to create a hand of our own! Learn why the Dutch masters were, and continue to be, so highly regarded by calligraphers the world over.
*Some experience with the broad edge pen is required.*Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed on one device); access to a printer is required to print some of the handouts.
We may add an optional fifth session on May 16.
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Presenter: JANE MATSUMOTO
Sponsor: INLAND EMPIRE/POMONA VALLEY CHAPTER
About the program: SfC member, Jane Matsumoto, will lead us through a fun program where we'll create a place to store our nibs or to give a gift of nibs! The tri-fold holder with an accordion style center which allows the sections holding the slots for the nibs, to fold out for easy access. Start saving corrugated cardboard, either from packaging or boxes! You will need a small sheet to make one of these nifty nib holders.
About Jane: Jane is a calligrapher, lettering and watercoloring artist from the Bay Area. She was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to San Jose 22 years ago. She has worked in the education of young children for the past 19 years. Jane is passionate about sharing her knowledge, love, and joy for the calligraphic arts.
Questions: Alessandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS FREE PROGRAM IS OPEN TO BOTH MEMBERS and NON_MEMBERS.
Things you will need for Jane’s Nib Holder Session
W: 4-1/4” x H: 7”
W: 4-1/4” x H: 8-1/2”
W: 4” x H: 4-1/2” (will be cut into thinner rectangles)
Designer Cardstock or Marbled Paper or Patterned Paper (thicker paper makes this holder more sturdy)
W: 4” x H: 6-3/4”
W: 3-3/4” x H: 3-3/4” (will be cut into thinner rectangles)
Corrugated Cardboard (from a box)
W- 4” x L- 4-1/2” (the holes go across the top (4”) and will be cut into thinner rectangles)
Test the holes with a few different sized nibs to make sure the nibs fit well in the slots.
Paper Trimmer or Cutting Mat, ruler with thick edge or metal edge, X-acto knife or similar cutting tool
Scor-Pal Measuring and Scoring Board or similar tool for scoring lines
Scor-Tape or similar double sided tape or favorite glue
Additional Materials for closures
Ribbons / Twine
Button and twine
Wax seal, lighter or similar flame, 2” x 2” piece of parchment paper (I will demo a quick trick)
Presenter: Kristi Darwick
We'll focus on traditional Romans, using enjoyable exercises to cement those letterforms. This is aimed at giving us a head-start for our June Drawn and Built-up Capitals workshop with Yukimi Annand. Time allowing, we'll touch on more casual forms. Anyone looking for an introduction, or to brush-up on their Romans forms, is welcome. You need not be a member
Kristi taught a similar in-person class for San Diego--this session will spend more time on the traditional forms (and spacing) and simply touch on casual variations.
Grid paper: 8 square per inch is ideal (important)
Pencil and eraser
Pigma Micron marker 08 (Try to have a permanent fine-line marker of this size on hand!)
One or more pieces of paper (9x12 is good) that handles a small amount of water, such as Strathmore Drawing series 400, Arches Text Wove, 90-lb hot press, Canson mixed media pad, etc..
Watercolor pencils, jar of water, decent brush (size 2 is good, but a larger brush will work, too, as long as it has a good point
(If you don't have watercolor pencils, you can substitute regular colored pencils or watercolor)
Questions? Kristi Darwick, email@example.com
Presenter: Julie Wildman
Workshop, sponsored by Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter
About the workshop: According to the 'Handwritmic' website, it was Friedrich Poppl (1923–1982), a German calligrapher and type designer, who first used a ruling pen on both its tip and its side for calligraphy in the 1950s.
Since then, calligraphers all over the world have used both traditional and modern ruling pens for expressive, energetic writing as well as drawn letters with interesting edges.
In this class, we will explore five styles of ruling pens which I have in my toolbox: two types of traditional pens, plus the Dreaming Dog #3; the Ruling Writer; and the Handwritmic (a.k.a. "Brody") pen. Students do not have to have all of these. Just one of them will be fine.
We will learn how the pens respond to different hand and arm movements; different fluids like sumi and walnut ink, as well as gouache; and different papers.
Be prepared to have a wild time, and be sure to wear an apron. You'll need it!
Questions? Email Alessandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Workshops are limited to 20 participants. Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time for your place to be filled. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.
Please 1. your check payable to SfC to Alessandra Kawakubo, Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413
NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.
Sponsored by the SAN DIEGO Chapter of SfC
About this workshop:
Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer, book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. Since I first saw his original work at the Klingspor Museum Offenbach his works have been my spiritual nourishments. I have been studying his works and have been asking how his surprising works were created.
In this workshop, I will share my study of drawn Capital letters. It starts with reviewing the forms of Roman Capitals, and then studying Kilian's works with tracing exercises. We will analyze his letterforms and layout, and write individual chosen texts using some of his styles. The technical instructions given in this workshop are designed to help you become proficient in using your tool to draw built-up capital letters. I hope this study will increase your interest in drawn capitals, as well as give you new ideas of drawn letters.
Please note: This workshop is geared toward Intermediate to Advanced students.
Workshop recording will be available for a month following the event.
Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher, lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She grew up in Japan and has a visual communication design background. She is passionate about the beauty of Roman alphabet and creates unique art- work with her love of calligraphic mark-making incorporated with nature. She has given over 100 workshops since 2011 in the US, Canada, Japan and European countries. Her work has been frequently shown in Letter Arts Review as well as other calligraphic journals and books and has been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco, and Moscow.
Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed in on one device); access to a printer is required to print some of the handouts.
MEMBERS ONLY (Digital Payment Option will include PayPal's nonrefundable fees)
WORKSHOP IS FULL. Conflicts come up and occasionally, registrants need to drop. To be added to the wait list, please contact Kristi Darwick at email@example.com.
Workshop is limited to16 participants. Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time for your place to be filled. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.
Please send your check payable to SfC to: Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.
Questions? E-mail Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com. NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.
Presenter: Jane Faught
Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter
SAVE THE DATE! More information to follow
Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo
Presenter: AMY SPENCER
Sponsor: INLAND EMPIRE/POMONA VALLEY CHAPTER
About the workshop:
Hardcover Accordion-Spine Books are an interesting and beautiful hybrid structure that lays open flat. In this workshop, we will make an approximately 5” x 4 ¾” book, with boards covered in decorative paper and containing a text block of 96 pages of 70 lb. Mohawk Superfine paper. A detailed handout will be emailed to participants. Workshop will be recorded and available for a month following the workshop.
Amy Spencer has taught a variety of book structures to students from as young as age four to adults. In addition to teaching for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Calligraphy, she has taught privately, to church groups, homeschooling groups, for San Diego Book Arts and for eight years at the Riverside Art Museum. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art history at UC Riverside. Her work can be seen @aestusbookarts on Instagram.
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PayPal options include Paypals added non-refundable fees.
BOOK WORKSHOP, ONLY $40 via check or $42 via Paypal
OPTIONAL KIT - PRIORITY MAILING $16- include check with workshop payment or $17 via PayPal (MAILED KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 10, TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY)
OPTIONAL KIT - YOU PICKUP IN CORONA $7- include check with workshop payment or $8 via PayPal (PICKED-UP KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 17 )
Enrollment is for current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance ona first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413. Write the workshop name in the memo space. Non-members, include a separate check for $25, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf. Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.
NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors.
Optional Materials kit price: picked up - $7, including domestic U.S.P.S. Priority Mail shipping - $16
Tools needed: Awl, ruler, pencil, bonefolder, scissors, glue brush, needle (size 20 or 22 tapestry needle recommended)
Materials needed if you DO get the kit: PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue
Materials needed if you DO NOT get the kit:
1. PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue
2. Twenty-four folios of 8” x 4 3/4” grain short text weight paper folded before the workshop into six signatures (4 folios each) note: You can tear all of these down from one 25 x 38 parent sheet.
3. One piece of 10” x 4 13/16” grain short, heavyweight, not too soft paper for the spine (examples are: thick lokta paper, elephant hide paper, Canson Mi-Teintes)
4. Two pieces of 5 x 4 3/4” grain long book board
5. Two pieces of 4 13/16” x 4 1/2” grain long paper for end sheets
6. Two pieces of 6 1/4” x 6” grain long paper for paper or book cloth to cover the boards
7. Six pieces of 10”-12” waxed linen thread
Suggested materials: scrap piece of corrugated cardboard or foam core to punch signatures on and waste paper for gluing.
Note on grain: It is very important in bookbinding to have the grain of all your materials, which have grain, running parallel to the spin. Paper, board and book cloth all bend easier along the grain direction. Here is a very nice description of the importance of grain direction - https://www.strathmoreartist.com/faq-full/how-can-i-determine-the-grain-direction-of-paper.html Grain long means the grain runs in the direction of the longest of the two measurements and grain short correspondingly means the grains goes in the direction of the shorter measurement.
Note on pH: It is best to use materials in bookbinding that are acid-free, as acidic board and paper deteriorates over time.
Presenter: Nina Tran
Sponsored by: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter
SAVE-THE-DATE. More info to follow
Questions: Alessandra Kawakubo
with Kristi Darwick
SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
Tentatively, Sunday, September 12, 1:30pm
This program will be part of our Practice Challenge. We'll be using Play Sheets as motivation to experiment and for practice. The variations are only limited by our imagination. Kristi was inspired by Kingsley Benefield, who in turn, adopted the concept during classes with Marsha Brady. During this session, we'll walk through guided exercises to enhance our enthusiasm around the practice of calligraphy.
You may wish to save some of your sheets for next month's activity: Meander Books.
Questions? Kristi Darwick email@example.com
Presenter: Beth Lee
Sponsored: Inland Empire Pomona Valley Chapter
SAVE-THE-DATE: more info to follow.
Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo
with Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus
Sponsored by your SAN DIEGO chapter
Sunday, October 10 1:30 PM-3:30pm
We'll create a box and books using one sheet of paper for each. You'll come away with a box with a lid and four books inside. You may wish to use your Playsheets from the September program.
For the box and lid:
For the books:
Questions? contact Kristi Darwick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Jodi Denning
Sponsored by: San Diego Chapter
More information to follow!
Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick