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Fraktura with Viktor Kams (In-Person)

  • February 21, 2024
  • 9:30 AM (PST)
  • February 22, 2024
  • 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247


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PRESENTER: Viktor Kams (In-Person Workshop)

SPONSOR: South Los Angeles Chapter (Solar Nibs)


This class is the result of a series of studies and practices inspired mostly by the work of late German calligraphers Hans Schreiber and Hanns Thaddaus Hoyer, whose work was introduced to me by Carl Rohrs at the 2019 conference in Montreal.

I have tried to develop my own technique to build up these double stroke letters one stroke at a time as opposed to what we can achieve by writing with a scroll pen. Therefore, the intention of this technique is to have more control over every little detail of each letter, like where and how to start and end each stroke and the amount of space between strokes in certain parts of the letter.

The class starts with an introduction to classic Fraktur calligraphy. My personal version of this  gothic hand it’s inspired by the work of Hermann Zapf and Claude Mediavilla but it is also influenced by the teachings of contemporary master John Stevens.

Once the students are comfortable and confident with their Fraktur practice we will start exploring the technique I use to build the double stroke letters. We will work on letters and words and will progress to create Headers, tittles, logos or Lock ups to work on ways to apply this to real work at the same time that we can combine it with text exercises of Fraktur.

I will do a series of demonstrations showing different tools like pens and brushes and how I work with each one of them.

By the end of the class students will be encouraged to create one or more final pieces applying their choice of techniques learnt during the workshop so we can make a group review of everyone’s work and debate about each student's choices and the challenges presented by them.


Víctor Fernández better known as “Mr.Kams” or “Viktor Kams” is a calligrapher, graphic designer and tattoo artist born and based in Madrid, Spain. He had an early love for written and drawn letters through the art of graffiti which was prominent in his town in the beginning of the 90’s. Around 1992 he started writing and painting himself. Studied graphic design at Sussex Downs College in the UK and had his first contact with calligraphy through the work of Irish calligrapher Denis Brown. Being a freelance calligrapher, lettering and tattoo artist for nearly 15 years, he had the opportunity to show his work in numerous events and galleries as well as teaching workshops in Spain and internationally for more than a decade. Kams has been a member of the international collective “Calligraphy Masters” since 2014.




1) First, register by clicking the "REGISTER" button at the top left of this page.

2) Please do step 1 first (register), then, make payment by PayPal or check. Workshop fee is $125

To pay by check or if you have any questions, please email Lona at sfc.solarnibs@gmail.com

Class is limited to 16 students. You must be a member of SfC when you register and when the class is held. 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. Please follow the link on the main website page "Join SfC" to become an SfC member. 

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.

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