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Drawn and Built-Up Minuscule - Study of Works by Hermann Kilian

  • September 08, 2024
  • (PDT)
  • September 15, 2024
  • (PDT)
  • 3 sessions
  • September 08, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (PDT)
  • September 14, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (PDT)
  • September 15, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom - online


  • Paid or honorary member of the Society for Calligraphy


Drawn and Built-Up Minuscule - Study of Works by Hermann Kilian

Presenter: Yukimi Annand

Sponsored by San Diego SfC  

Saturdays & Sundays: September 8, 14, 15  9.30am-12.30pm PDT


Due to the way our computer system works, registrations not immediately followed with payment will be cancelled. Also we cannot accept registrations after noon on Friday, September 6, 2024.

Workshop Description:

Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer and book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. I have been studying his works and sharing my study of his built-up Capitals during the last five years, and I have never gotten tired of it. This time, I will share my study of his minuscules that has been lifting my calligraphy study.

This workshop starts from understanding traditional monoline minuscule - the Foundational hand Italic hand and English Round hand - that deeply relate to Kilian’s minuscule forms. Then we will analyze several of Kilian's unique minuscule forms, and his characteristic weaving layout and composition. We will trace some of his works and draw several alphabets’ with pencils, ruling pens, pointed pens, small edged nibs and our chosen tools. We will work on two or three design projects with his minuscules that suit your chosen text.

Once we have learned his forms, his way of design and layout, they will add vitality to our works with plenty of possibilities.

The workshop will be recorded and available for two months.

Recommended Experience: Some experience of calligraphy and lettering

About Yukimi:

Yukimi Annand is a Japanese born calligrapher, living in California. Raised on a flower farm in rural Japan she developed a great appreciation of nature. Studies in visual communication design in Tokyo led to work in the graphic design field, mostly in corporate design. Yukimi was director of Takenobu Igarashi, a highly regarded design studio, before moving to the USA in the 1990s.

Introduced to Western calligraphy in 2000, Yukimi discovered a great passion for it that has remained with her to this day. Her work is diverse, covering every conceivable aspect of the craft. She is a skilled practitioner in all manner of scripts and her experience in the field of graphic design brings a wonderful aesthetic to her work. Equally skilled in book design and creation, Yukimi’s experimental work is often presented in this tactile form. For more than a decade Yukimi has taught in person and online around the world. Yukimi’s work has frequently been shown in Letter Arts Review as well as other calligraphic journals and books, and is held in many international art collections.


You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. 

Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.

Cost: $100, paid by check or Paypal (see details below)



2. Second, Make a payment of $100 via PayPal or check. 

Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the PayPal button to complete your registration.

To pay by check email Kristi, for instructions, at SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org 

Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope. 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 or contact Kristi to process membership electronically

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.

*As of April 1, 2024, first-time members, only, have the option to pay their full membership, July 1, 2024 through June 2025 ($42 via check)  and the months prior will be included at no extra cost.

Questions? Contact Nan Anantharaman  & Kristi Darwick at SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org

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