The SfC offers free programs to the public throughout the year as part of our mission to support and share calligraphy in Southern California.
Speaker: D O N A L D J A C K S O N
- This series will be recorded and made available to all -
From Royal Scrolls to the Saint John’s Bible to “Have I had my breakfast yet?” Master Calligrapher Donald Jackson shares lessons and insights from a lifetime of working in letters. He is the official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Donald is also the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.
Early studies and training opportunities, inspiration and influences; traditional materials and techniques.
Lecture 2, September 4: EARNING and LUCK
Quills, gold leaf and parchment: Who needs them? Keeping afloat over the years, making things in ways that matter to you and for people who don’t need them (until they do).
Lecture 3, September 18: SPREADING the WORD
Teaching, sharing, showing and telling; students and teachers learning from each other.
Lecture 4, September 25: FACING the DEMONS
What next? Where will these marks I am making take me to? The role of playing with letters with an open heart
Download Flyer for 2021 Master's Lecture Series
Sponsor: Society for Calligraphy, Los Angeles, CA
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.
Notes on Zoom notification:
A very small percentage of emails bounce back. If you do not receive your Zoom invitation, please contact Kristi: Zoom@societyforcalligraphy.org (You can reach Kristi up to an hour before the program.)
Moderated by Kitty Maryatt
Sponsored by Designer Bookbinders, UK
Meet the U.S. and U.K. binders of the 2018 facsimile by Kitty Maryatt of the 1913 book, La Prose du Transsibérien, by Blaise Cendrars and Sonia Delaunay. The binding by Paul Bonet of a copy of the original in 1963–64 was the inspiration for the idea to commission twenty-five binders to bind the 2018 facsimile, which replicated the original techniques of letterpress and pochoir. The resulting bindings were shown at the exhibit titled Drop Dead Gorgeous, which toured the country starting in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston. The exhibit closed in Minneapolis at MCBA on May 9, and show in London from October 4 to 25, 2021 . An exhibition catalog for Drop Dead Gorgeous is available.
The binders will discuss their process of designing and executing a binding for the new facsimile of a book that was groundbreaking for its time. There will be time at the very end of all the sessions for the binders to ask each other questions, and to interact with the audience.
The lecture will be recorded and a link sent to registrants.
For more details, see the full flier here.
TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contemporary-binders-of-la-prose-du-transsiberien-zoom-event-2nd-october-tickets-174303134367
with Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus
Sponsored by your SAN DIEGO chapter
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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? 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.
Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter -
OUR FIRST ONLINE EXHIBIT WILL BE LAUNCHING ON OCTOBER 22!!!
FOR THOSE WISHING TO ENTER:
September 17 - Entry Forms are due
October 8 - All images of art works are due
October 22 - Exhibit Opening Reception
We invite and encourage each of our members and instructors to submit at least one of their favorite pieces to showcase in our exhibit. Perfection is not required!
Please fill out a separate ENTRY FORM for each piece you plan to submit.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Questions? Andromeda Tang at email@example.com
Presenter: Mina Taylor
Sponsored by Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter
About this workshop: Fall leaves are delightful to watercolor. And Morse Deco, a whimsical alphabet will be reviewed by Mina Taylor. We will learn to use the side of the brush to easily make leaves and blend colors.
About Mina: Mina Taylor has practiced calligraphy for over 40 years. For 20 years she ran an art show featuring 25 artists from southern California. In 1979, she launched her calligraphic business: Mina’s Manuscripts & More. Taking on students and limited commissions, her current work can be seen on Instagram, @minas.manuscripts . “I believe that calligraphic words of truth can inspire people in transition, in grief, in hopelessness, in joy, in all of life really, to think beyond their situation to eternal things."
1.Paper Cold or Hot Press 9x12 watercolor (the different textures render different effects), heavier Scratch paper (for practicing the alphabet)
2. Watercolors: Your favorites (Winsor Newton, Schminke) or a box Prang is good, too.
3. At least 2-3 water color brushes with a fine tip. # 1, 2 are preferred; 3, 4 can work on a larger scale.
3. Fine-tipped (not extra fine) Sharpie pen or a Black Posca Medium point (not chisel)
4. B-3 Speedball nib in holder (round nib)
5. Paper towels, 5-10 q tips, small spray bottle, pencil, eraser, 4 sheets Graph paper. Removable masking or scotch tape.
6. If you prefer to use a different short quote among the leaves you can have that penciled out on your watercolor paper.
7. Prepare guidelines on paper that doesn’t bleed: Capitals is 8 dots, x-height is 5 dots.
8. Padding: Mina uses thin felt to sit behind the paper as we letter
Questions? E-mail Alessandra 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.
Artwork by Ginger Cook
San Diego chapter
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW
Take a break from your hectic holiday prep and join us as we relax with friends. We’ll learn about making the perfect cup of tea and other related factoids, before sharing our favorite affirmations. Beforehand, we’ll ask you to send us two or three favorites, to be compiled and later sent to our San Diego membership. The aim will be for everyone to choose a favorite, or two, and create a piece of calligraphy. All entries will be shared on our Instagram account.
Presenter: Marjorie Grace-Sayers
About the program: Have fun making a Victorian Puzzle Valentine!
This origami-inspired structure is folded from one large square of paper.
It can be decorated with words and images on both sides and viewed 6 different ways.
We will spend a few minutes viewing the history of this Valentine and make an easy pattern.
Then we will fold our good paper and lay out our plan for the final project.
No prior skills are needed and the materials list is short (use what you have on hand).
You can also come up with variations and other uses for the structure.
Come spend a couple of hours being creative!
Self-registration required (will open soon)
Questions? Alessandra at email@example.com. 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.
Presenter: Michelle Morin
Sponsor: San Diego Chapter
A hand-bookbinding tutorial using found and chosen materials to make custom, sewn-spine journals
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use found materials (cracker boxes, recycled junk mail, used wall calendars, leftover or offcut art papers, etc.) to create and hand-bind satisfyingly chubby “junk journals” using long stitch and chain stitch bookbinding techniques. We’ll learn how to make a custom-fit piercing guide and how to make a piercing cradle from recycled materials. You’ll also learn to see potential recyclable journal material all around you! As time permits, we’ll share ideas for decorating and using your jumbo junk journals and show you a smaller, pamphlet-stitched variation on the “jumbo” journal.
Making a journal yourself, from found or recycled materials, is incredibly freeing… and addictive. These books can be used for so many types of creative expression! I use mine as mixed-media art journals, sketchbooks, storehouses for ideas or images I want to explore later, and as a place to stick collage art… the sky’s the limit.
ABOUT "MIMO": Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating across several visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and lettering. Mi Mo teaches Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and has hosted calligraphy study groups and creative exploration meetups in-person and online. She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Programming Chair for Pacific Scribes, lawyer, and member of several calligraphy guilds. You can find Mi Mo on Instagram @michelle.l.mo and @calligra_mi.
Bookbinding supplies to have handy:
Material for the cover and pages of the junk journal
(a big part of the fun is gathering the materials for the cover and the pages!)
Cardboard box, such as a graham cracker box, frozen pizza box, or Ritz cracker box, cut and prepared as follows:
A collection of papers folded into signatures (see image). The height and width of each folded signature should be the same as or smaller than the height of your book cover. Recto and verso (right and left sides of the folded signature) need not be symmetrical. For example, if a page is really long you could fold one side in rather than trimming it. Or if it is too short you can have one side be just a flap.
Examples of papers to collect for book pages
**Don’t worry if the scrap or recycled paper is very thin: you can put two or more sheets back-to-back and later, after the book is finished, you can glue them together.
**Don’t worry if all your pages are not big enough. It’s OK for some pages to be smaller than others.
A handout will be sent in advance, with instructions/suggestions for preparing your pages and cover.
SPONSORED: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use both composition principles and intuition (improvisation) to make fun and beautiful modern flourished borders for your calligraphy or handwritten pieces. Michelle will use a pointed pen with metallic watercolors, but you may use any tool and any ink you prefer (see materials list for suggested alternative monoline or pressure-sensitive tools).
These borders can coordinate with many calligraphic hands, including Copperplate-based and Spencerian-based pointed pen scripts. Michelle has used these borders around and in her calligraphy sketchbook pages and art pieces, on cards, and as custom stationary borders.
Experience with preparing and using a pointed pen is recommended but not required if other tools are used.
In this class, we will learn:
ABOUT MIMO: Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating in many visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, and hand bookbinding, as well as calligraphy and lettering using pointed pen, pointed brush/marker, pencil, and other tools. Mi Mo teaches a Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and runs regular calligraphy study groups and creative meetups online. She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Program Chair for Pacific Scribes, corporate lawyer, and mom. @michelle.l.mo and @calligra_mi.
Your favorite pointed pen holder (straight or oblique), at least two different pointed nibs, ink, preferably in a few colors, and paper of your choice that works well with your inks and nibs.
These are the nibs, inks, and paper I like. You do not have to buy exactly what I use! Use what you have and what you love: