Event Calendar

    • January 27, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • May 09, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Online

    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

    https://www.mnbookarts.org/drop-dead-gorgeous-virtual-exhibition/

    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


    • March 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • November 14, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • online ZOOM

    Instructor:  Victoria Kibildis

    Non-SfC Sponsored Extended Classes

    Location:  Online ZOOM.  A recording will be available for two weeks

    Registration Fee:  $40 per class

    NOTE: The class repeats monthly

    Contact:  Victoria Kibildis at 760-415-5660

    Description:  More than learning how to write in cursive, or how to improve your cursive handwriting.  We will also turn our thoughts to how important a handwritten letter or note really is and the place it has to hold in our lives. "The soul lies buried in the ink that writes", John Clare.


    Materials:  Wide-lined "college ruled 3-hold" paper and a #2 pencil

    To purchase, register or questions: please contact Victoria Kibildis



    • March 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • December 12, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Host: Nancy Campbell

    social event

    San Gabriel Valley Regional

    Contact: Zoom hosting details TBD. Check back for updates.

    free

    Description:

    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.


    • April 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Judy Detrick


    Instructor: Judy Detrick

    Workshop

    SfC Sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $150

    Description:

    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. 

    Other Info:

    MEMBERS ONLY

     This workshop is now wait-listed.  If you are a member and wish to be put on the wait list, please contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org.

    Download the Flier for more details

    • April 24, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    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. 

    Zoom Invitation will be sent a couple days in advance.

    Questions: Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    THIS FREE PROGRAM IS OPEN TO BOTH MEMBERS and NON_MEMBERS.

    Things you will need for Jane’s Nib Holder Session

    Solid Cardstock

    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.

    Supplies

    Paper Trimmer or Cutting Mat, ruler with thick edge or metal edge, X-acto knife or similar cutting tool

    Scissors

    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

    Magnets

    Ribbons / Twine

    Button and twine

    Wax seal, lighter or similar flame, 2” x 2” piece of parchment paper (I will demo a quick trick)

    "These are links to supplies that I will be using during the workshop. Please try to use what you already have. I recommend that you take the workshop first, see what I use,  and then look into getting additional supplies. These are only suggestions."

    Scor Pal Tape (double sided sticky tape) - this one is 1/2" wide. There are options.

    Basic Grey magnetic snaps - this one is the large size. If you prefer the smaller size, you will need to purchase it as a set

    Natural Jute Twine 

    Cotton Baker's Twine - for those that prefer softer twine

    1/8" satin ribbon 

    Natural Coconut Shell Buttons

    Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy - this one is a mini version. There are different sizes and they look different to mine. Mine are not scored at 1/8ths. You can use a paper trimmer such as a Fiskars with a scoring blade (black) or a stylus or bone folder to score the lines. 

    Corrugated cardboard sheets - this is in case you do not have access to cardboard.

    Cardstock 65 lb - no less than this or it will be too thin - or use a file folder

    Cardstock 80 lb - a little thicker

    Heavy 100 lb cardstock  - this is an example of very thick cardstock

    Designer Scrapbook paper - this is an example of designer or scrapbook paper

    "Wax Seal" - If you like to do closures using the wax seal process, then you will have a preference of materials to use. I like to use a lighter and the wax with a seal. Others prefer the spoon or glue gun method. Again, this is simply another option. Watch the workshop first and then decide if this is an option for you. If you are interested in supplies for this process, here are some suggestions.

    Wax options:

    Sealing wax sticks

    Sealing wax beads

    Sealing wax spoon

    Seal

    Parchment Paper

    • May 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Carrie Imai

    Mini Workshop

    San Fernando Valley Regional

    Contact: Carrie Imai

    Contact phone: 818/388-6717

     Cost:  $20

    Download the flyer

    Description:

    There are hundreds of tools available to calligraphers today – square-edged, pointed, folded, sood, fountain, suede and pointed.  It’s so confusing!  Don’t spend a fortune buying tools that you are not sure of.  Have you bought tools you just “had to have”, but haven’t used, or don’t know how to use, or haven’t been been able to make them work??  I haven’t used them all, but I have tried many of them.  Join me for a demonstration of some of the many tools I love and figured out how to use successfully.  Learn to be the BOSS of your tools and how to make bad tools into good ones

    Other Info:

    Pay by check or Paypal

    Materials Needed:

    No materials needed. This is a demonstration.

    Payment: please email Carrie for link

    • May 08, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    Presenter: Kristi Darwick

    Sponsored by San Diego Chapter

    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. 

    No charge.

    Materials List:

    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, sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org    

    • May 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: DeAnn Singh

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    Mini Workshop

    Westside Regional

    Contact: Barbara or Judy CalligraphyWLA@aol.com

    Download the flyer


    $25

    Description:

    Learn or brush-up on the fundamental strokes of Classical Copperplate Majuscules. DeAnn teaches a variety of helpful tips and techniques in this mini-workshop suitable for beginners as well as more experienced calligraphers.

    A short supply list will be sent after enrollment. Exemplar will be emailed prior to the class.

    Other Info:

    For SfC members only.  Non-members join SfC for a separate $25 fee. 

    Membership can be used for any workshop thru June 2021.

      https://societyforcalligraphy.org/Join-SfC

    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 the handouts.

    Zoom set-up and audio test begins at 11:45AM, 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees



    • May 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • May 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom-online

    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!

    Cost: $60 

    Questions? Email  Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com 

    MEMBERS ONLY

    The PayPal option has Paypal's non-refundable fees added:


    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. 

    • June 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • June 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Yukimi Annand


    WORKSHOP

    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. 

    About Yukimi:

    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 artwork 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.

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $124 via Paypal or check

    Other Info:

    5 percent administrative fee for those requesting refunds

    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

    WORKSHOP IS FULL. Conflicts  come up and occasionally, registrants need to drop.  To be added to the wait list, please contact Kristi Darwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org.

    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 sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org. 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.

    • June 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    Presenter: Janet Faught


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    About the workshop: Participants will learn a little bit of history and create replicas of correspondence written by poets, musicians, merchants, aristocrats and spies in the 17th century and later. They will discover how paper folding techniques, seals, slits, tabs, holes and string were used in the past to secure letters in a time before envelopes were mass produced. 

    Link to an interesting news article related to Letter Locking: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/opening-sealed-letters-study-scn/index.html


    About the instructor: Janet is a visual artist living in Utah. She has a BS in Biology, a teaching credential and a BFA in Art. She was a founding member of the Inland Empire Regional Group of the Society for Calligraphy (active in the 1980s), and is a board member of the Utah Calligraphic Artists. Currently, Janet is teaching classes such as Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Gothic Hand Calligraphy, Fountain Pens and Inks (Ink a Dink a Doo), Letterlocking and Correspondence Art through the University of Utah Lifelong Learning Program. She enjoys painting in oil, acrylic, ink and watercolor. She enjoys handwritten letters, wheel thrown pottery, guitar, reading, bookmaking and knitting. She designs wedding announcements and addresses wedding envelopes.

    Supply List: 

    Paper

    Writing tool of your choice Sealing Wax
    Seal
    Candle
    Matches
    Xacto knife
    Cutting surface
    Bone folder (optional)
    2 large paper clips Embroidery floss

    Paper
    Rhodia pad No.18, or bond paper, or light weight paper, approximately 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Unlined is good.
    Blick has Rhodia. O
    ffice supply stores have bond paper.

    Writing tool of your choice
    Of course it is more fun to write with gel pens, fine liners, and fountain pens.

    Sealing Wax
    The kind you get will depend on the heating source you plan to use. You may use a candle, a glue gun, or a candle furnace, or just wax with a wick on it. If you use a glue gun you need to get the sealing wax made for that.
    Many stores have sealing wax, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Blick, plus many on-line stores like Jet Pens, Nostalgic Impressions, JohnNealBookseller, Goulet Pens and others.
    Amazon has nice sets of wax beads, candle furnace and spoon.

    Seal
    A wax seal can be found at the sources mentioned in Sealing Wax above.

    Candle
    See sealing wax above.

    Matches
    Only needed to light the candle. You don’t need matches if you are going to use a glue gun.

    Xacto knife
    Used for cutting slits in paper. You may be cutting through many layers.

    Cutting Surface
    A cutting mat, or a piece of thick cardboard will work.

    Bone Folder
    Used for making crisp folds in paper.

    Paper Clips
    I use them to stir the wax in my spoon, and to make a stand for the spoon when it is hot. If you are not using the spoon method, you don’t need the paper clips.

    Embroidery Floss
    A very small amount will be used to wind around one of the letter-locked letters.

    Be sure to register to receive the Zoom invitation, which will be sent a couple days before the program.

    Questions? Email  Alessandra Kawakubo

     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.

    • July 23, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Save the date! More information to follow.



    Contact: Wendy Telford

    • July 31, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    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. 

    About Amy:

    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.

    Scroll to bottom for materials list.

    Questions? Contact Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    MEMBERS ONLY     

    PayPal options include Paypals added non-refundable fees.

    BOOK WORKSHOP, ONLY $40 via check or $42 via Paypal 


    OPTIONAL KIT, WITH 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.

    MATERIAL LIST:

    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.

    • August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 30, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Nina Tran

    Sponsored by: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter 



    About the workshop: Fraktur is a 16th century German style of Blackletter which combines the dense vertical texture of Gothic Textura and the lively curves of Gothic Batarde hands.  The name Fraktur, derived from the Latin word fractura (meaning "broken"), appropriately describes the distinctive fragmentation of joined and overlapped strokes.

    In this Fraktur class, we will begin with a brief study of the parent Gothic Textura as a guide and foundation to the ever-evolving Fraktur.  The first weekend will be a study dedicated to learning minuscules and the second weekend to majuscules.  Despite the typical characteristics attributed to Fraktur, this hand is quite versatile and can be easily varied from bold to light, compressed or airy, coarse or elegant with just a few adjustments, as we will see in class. Students will be invited to submit specific work for critique.  

    All skill levels are welcome.  However, some knowledge of the broad pen is highly recommended.

    This workshop will be recorded, with the recording available for one month to registered members.

    About Nina: Nina Tran is mom to three energetic kids in the San Fernando Valley. She is deeply passionate and enthusiastic about learning and teaching calligraphy and penmanship. Her main focuses of study are Copperplate, Spencerian, and various Gothic Hands. When she is away from her pens, she enjoys reading, bullet journaling, and bookbinding.

    Cost: $124 by check or PayPal

    Must be a member both at the time of registration and when the workshop is held.

    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo

    Workshop will hold 20 students, plus facilitator. 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. PayPal's fees are not refundable. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. No refunds after handouts are distributed, usually a week in advance. 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.
    Please write the workshop name in the memo space.  
    Non-members, include a separate check for $42, 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. Or contact Alessandra to pay for membership via PayPal.

    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.

    • September 12, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    with Kristi Darwick


    SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    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 and we'll talk about other ideas.

    You may wish to save some of your sheets for next month's activity: Meander Books.

    Questions? Kristi Darwick sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org 

    • September 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • September 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Beth Lee


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    About this workshop: The idea of monumental Roman capitals is intimidating for many calligraphers, but making and arranging small capitals on a page can help us to connect with the fun of lettering while focusing on some basic design principles.

    Great for beginners and the experienced letterer alike, this workshop will explore the use of small broad-edged and pointed pens in the creation of texture in our texts through the manipulation of letter spacing, color changes, and other design decisions. We'll examine how the act of writing creates rhythm and movement. In the second session, we'll create tiny painted landscapes as a graphic element that melds beautifully with our texts.
      

    This workshop will be recorded, with the recording available for one month to registered members.

    About Beth: Beth Lee is a calligrapher and book artist living in Bozeman, Montana. She has been featured in Letter Arts Review, and her work is included in the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Baylor University Moody Library, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and in other institutional and private collections around the United States.

    Cost: $51 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo

    MEMBERS ONLY


    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 make your check payable to SfC to  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. 

    • October 10, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom online
    Register

    with Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus


    Sponsored by your SAN DIEGO chapter

    Sunday, October 10   1:30 PM-3:30pm

    No cost

    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: 

    • 90# mixed media paper (Eva-Lynn used Canson).
    •  Cut to the following sizes: 1 at 9"x9”; 1 at 4.75"x4.75”

    For the books:

    • Text weight- your practice papers or papers from the September Meeting, scrapbook paper, or another paper of your choice. 
    • Cut to the following sizes: 2 at 8.5"x 11”; 2 at 11"x11”


    Additional Supplies:

    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Eraser
    • Metal Ruler
    • Cutting Mat
    • Xacto knife with #11 blade
    • Bone Folder
    • Needle
    • Thread for binding
    • Scissor for cutting thread
    • Awl
    • Glue:  Glue Stick OR Double sided tape (1/4 “or 1/2”) such as SuperTape by iCraft (red liner) OR tape runner with double-sided tape (such as Tombo or Scotch)
    • Optional:  beads and needle and thread, used for the beads

    Questions? contact Kristi Darwick, sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org 



    • November 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Jodi Denning


    Sponsored by: San Diego Chapter

    About the workshop: Join the San Diego Society for Calligraphy for a fun-filled class exploring how we can use our pointed pen to create a wide variety of decorative elements that can be combined to create beautiful “snowflakes”, mandalas, holiday shapes, borders, and other decorative pen work.  Learn how to design a simple segment layout and create beautiful snowflakes and a festive embellished Christmas tree.

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered members for one month. Great for making your holiday cards!

    About Jodi:  With no artistic background, Jodi Denning jumped into calligraphy in late 2016 with a serious desire to learn pointed pen calligraphy, and no clue as to how to get started. She began navigating the many challenges of learning calligraphy on her own.  She eventually connected with master calligrapher Bill Kemp for sessions of correspondence course-type instruction.  This, along with other online classes and dedicated practice, helped to develop her traditional Copperplate/Engrosser’s style calligraphy. 

    Jodi’s professional career in software engineering gave her a natural orientation toward detail.  Her lifelong “hobby career” in training horses and teaching riding skills gave her an understanding of how to break complex skills down into “bite-sized” pieces for a less intimidating learning experience, as well as a focus on self-assessment as a tool to develop increased skill refinement which she now brings to her calligraphy instruction.

    Jodi currently serves as co-moderator for the 7,000+ member Facebook group “Copperplate Script For All” which focuses on traditional variations of the Copperplate script.

    Cost: $40 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  

    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. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your payment should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

    Please make  check payable to SD SfC and mail to  Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435

       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. 

    • May 14, 2022
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • May 15, 2022
    • 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    PRESENTER: ANDREA WUNDERLICH


    SPONSORED BY SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    SAVE THE DATE!

    About the workshop:  "The Lindisfarne Gospels or book of Lindisfarne is, quite simple, one of the most beautiful and inspiring handwritten and illuminated books in the world, a landmark of human creative achievement and a testament of commitment and faith.“  Michelle P. Brown, Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, University of London

    We will have a look at the book, learn about it´s history, explore the story behind. After that, let´s focus on the illuminated headings. We find out about the letterforms, we analyse, draw and discover their beauty. 

    Nothing can stop us then from creating our own alphabet, influenced by old and new letterforms, let all of this flow into contemporary design. Knowing the origins, we play and add some freshness & fancyness to create our own modern illumination.

    About Andrea: Andrea Wunderlich is a freelance calligrapher & book artist from Germany. She´s working on commissions on a wide field of sign-painting, lettering, logo-design and murals.
    In her free artwork she loves to follow the historic paths of alphabets and enjoys expressive transformation into the contemporary. 
    Her art is shown both nationally and worldwide and is part of private and public collections like the Berlin calligraphy collection, the Center of Book Arts, San Francisco and the Int. Museum for Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow.
    She is a member of German societies ars scribendi and Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach (board member), CLAS fellow (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society), full member of LX (Letter Exchange) in London and member of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco.

    www.andreawunderlich.com / instagram: wunderliche_welt 

    Registration Information to Follow


Past events

April 10, 2021 Monoline Foundational Hand
March 19, 2021 The Foundational Hand from Form to Design
March 13, 2021 Triangle Brush Florals
February 20, 2021 Assorted Blackletter
February 13, 2021 Lecture: A Talk with SfC's Founding Members
February 07, 2021 Practical Lessons in Penmanship
January 24, 2021 Copperplate Basics - For Beginners & Brush-Ups
January 23, 2021 Watercolor Ocean Waves
January 21, 2021 Uncial, Then and Now with Meredith Klein
January 16, 2021 Flora with Anne Elser
January 13, 2021 Open-Shaded Script with Anne Elser
January 09, 2021 Love, Fear and Flourishing
January 08, 2021 Pencil, Pixel, Nib and Brush
December 19, 2020 SGVRG Holiday Zoom Party
December 06, 2020 Wedge Brush Watercolor Wreath
December 05, 2020 Decorated Floral Envelopes with Schin Loong
November 21, 2020 Flourishing Text
November 14, 2020 Focus on Italics
November 12, 2020 HOLIDAY GREETINGS WITH VICTORIA KIBILDIS
October 24, 2020 Captivating Cadel Capitals with Vivian Mungall
October 18, 2020 Italic Basics: Beginners & Brush-Ups - DeAnn Singh
October 17, 2020 Watercolor Poppies and Morse Deco (ZOOM) with Mina Taylor
October 10, 2020 Illuminated Capitals (via Zoom) with Risa Gettler
October 08, 2020 Holiday Greetings with Victoria Kibildis
October 03, 2020 Introduction to Copperplate Script (via ZOOM) with Nina Tran
September 13, 2020 RESCHEDULED: Italic Basics: For Beginners & Brush-Ups (ZOOM) with DeAnn Singh
September 12, 2020 Watercolor an Original Wine Label or Jam Label -- ZOOM Program with Barbara Roth
September 09, 2020 Introduction to Gothicized Italic - ONLINE with Nina Tran
September 05, 2020 Colors Between the Letters -- ZOOM program with Barbara Close
August 30, 2020 AGM --Documentary Screening with live introduction by Kitty Maryatt
August 22, 2020 Playful Letters on ZOOM with Carrie Imai
August 15, 2020 Long Stitch Bookbinding - ONLINE with Amy Spencer
August 05, 2020 Copperplate Garden (ZOOM) with Barbara Close


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