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Fraktur with Viktor Kams

  • February 24, 2024
  • 9:30 AM (PST)
  • February 25, 2024
  • 4:30 PM (PST)
  • San Marcos


  • Paid or official Honorary member of the Society for Calligraphy


Sponsored by the San Diego and Inland Empire chapters


IN-PERSON: Saturday-Sunday, February 24-25, 2024 9:30-4:30



ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: 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.

We build up these double stroke letters one stroke at a time, rather than limiting ourselves to the effects of a scroll pen. Our goal 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 confident with their Fraktur practice, we will explore techniques to build the double stroke letters. We will work on letters and words, and will progress to create Headers, tittles, logos or Lock ups.

I will do a series of demonstrations showing how I work with different tools, such as pens and brushes.

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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  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 early 90’s. He started writing and painting them himself. He 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. As a freelance calligraphy, lettering, and tattoo artist for nearly 15 years, he has 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.



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