San Diego Regional Events

    • February 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Online - Zoom
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    Presenter: Yvonne Perez-Collins

    Sponsor: San Diego Chapter 

    This was first planned pre-pandemic. We are switching to online. Some materials are probably hard-to-get and unless you are in North America, you may wish to make substitutions. 

    PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE INVITATION.

    SfC membership not required. 

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: This is an alphabet by German type designer Rudolf Koch while he worked at the Klingspor Type Foundry. He was a skilled calligrapher in his own right.  In this class you will learn the simple principles of Neuland and then also enjoy writing with the alternative letterforms.  Think of it as a guided tour but then you will be on your own and the only rule is to explore and be inspired by what you see being created.  This versatile hand is useful for broadsides, envelopes, certificates, ceramic pots, walls and posters.

    ABOUT YVONNE: Yvonne Perez-Collins taught Textile Surface Design twenty-four years that included state and national conferences. She has always enjoyed learning as much as teaching. Feeling that lightbulb moment doesn’t get old and is only better when you can turn it on for someone else. Yvonne continues to work in numerous mediums with lettering and various arts. She teaches bookmaking in San Diego libraries to various age groups. Visit: envisionitsandiego.com

    COST: No cost for the program. For U.S. and Canada, purchase of the inexpensive kit is recommended. 

    SUPPLY LIST:

    Additional Kit Recommended -  Scroll down
    • C-thru ruler
    • mechanical pencil
    • white eraser
    • water container, few paper towels
    • watercolor set (in pan or palette not tubes)
    • 1/4” flat brush
    • 1/2” flat brush/optional
    • Speedball C-2
    • 6mm Parallel Pen
    • Walnut Ink, Higgins Eternal, or Pelikan 4001 suggested (or whatever ink you like)
    • a stamp pad of any kind, if you have one
    • general all-purpose paper for practice writing that holds ink, we’ll make our own lines white or light color ok
    • OPTIONAL:
      scrap cardstock, art paper, watercolor, printmaking paper that you can write a name or word on and later use it on a card or project.
    • Any broad edge tool you would like to write with 1/4”-1/2”

    Yvonne will mail kits of supplies which usually must be purchased in bulk. With mail so unpredictable, we cannot mail the kits outside of North America. There will be a $2.60 materials fee for domestic (must be ordered before January 29, and a $3.60 materials fee for Canada (must be ordered before January 15.) The earlier the better! Those outside those countries  may simply want to use whatever supplies they have on hand:

    Kit for Neuland Workshop: ($2 for U.S. members (ordered before Jan 29), $3 for Canadian (ordered before Jan 15), no kits available outside of North America. PayPal payment orders kit.

    2 sheets of Pacon 9” x 12“(cut into thirds to fit envelope)- I get from Blick, Pacon Bright White Sulphite Drawing Paper comes only in 500 sheet reams $13.95. Nice for practice, all- purpose, has tooth. I thought putting in kits would give an opportunity to try out. Popular choice in some calligraphy circles for practice or demo.

    1 bamboo stick cut in half with () profile, all ends sanded smooth for use- These are stir sticks for coffee or tea. I like the texture and shape of the bamboo end. A balsa rectangle dowel 1/8” x 1/4” and 5” long is another option(cut one or two). Pay attention to the stir sticks the next time you go out to a soup and sandwich kind of eatery.

    Tongue depressor prepared with basket reed to used as writing tool- I bought a box of similar size at Michael’s and taped a short piece of reed that is used for weaving baskets that extends beyond the end of the tongue depressor. Unless you have a store in your area that has basketmaking supplies or know someone who surely will be willing to share a few inches of reed, or you can find suppliers online who sell 90 ft. coils. ; /

    Piece of foam to cushion for stamping- This is a small, thin piece of craft foam that you can find at any craft store. You will be working slowly so a small piece will suffice but if you have a whole piece that is 9” x 12”, you won’t have to worry about staying on the cushioned work area. It’s around $1.

    Please do not order if you are outside of North America. We cannot guarantee receipt and postage may be higher. We cannot make refunds!


    ORDER KIT ($2.60 US only--must be ordered before January 29) non-refundable

    ORDER KIT ($3.60 Canada only--must be ordered before January 15non-refundable

    Contact Name and email: Kristi Darwick, societyforcalligraphyevents@gmail.com

    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. 

    • March 06, 2022
    • (PST)
    • March 27, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online
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    Presenter: Judy Detrick


    Sponsored by the San Diego chapter of SfC 

    Sessions will be recorded and available for one month, following the last session: Four Sundays. March 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30-3PM.

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:Throughout the long reign of Queen Elizabeth I, England enjoyed a surge in art, science, literature, and new world explorations. Meanwhile, existing correspondence sent to and from the Queen revealed conspiracies, plots, proposals, assassinations, beheadings and other intrigues that characterized her reign. The letters signed by the queen were written mostly by secretaries who were entrusted with protecting the interests of the queen and keeping her secrets—hence the word secretary. The handsome and modestly flourished hand they wrote is quite readable and easily learned once several unfamiliar letterforms are explained. It is also accepting of the idiosyncrasies of one’s own handwriting. In this class we will explore the script, the form of the letter itself, and ways of folding the letters for dispatch. Finally, as a form of continuing practice, we will dispatch letters of our own.

    ABOUT JUDY: Judy Detrick is a calligrapher/designer living on the Mendocino coast of Northern California where she taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods on the Mendocino coast for more than 25 years. Her work can be found in several anthologies of calligraphy and graphic design, and she is represented in the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. She is the author of Simply Calligraphy, A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering. 

    Cost: $120 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. Be sure to press the registration button on this page, before paying via PayPal.


    Workshop is 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, and send to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.    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 Kristi to pay for membership via PayPal.

       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. 

    • April 03, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
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    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. 

    SUPPLY LIST: 

    Bookbinding supplies to have handy:

    • Strong thread or string with which to bind your book. You could use embroidery thread or other thin string if you already have it.  Choose waxed or unwaxed linen thread designed for bookbinding, if you are buying new. 
    • Beeswax - to wax your chosen thread (unless you’ve purchased pre-waxed thread).
    • Curved bookbinding (or upholstery) needle.  If you only have a straight needle you can use it, but it will be harder to maneuver. Whatever you use, your string or thread has to fit!
    • An awl or improvised tool with which to poke holes into your papers and cover.
    • Ruler, pencil
    • Piece of tracing paper, layout bond paper, or other scrap paper – cut this to the same size as the spine of your book; it will become a piercing guide.
    • Cutting tools for paper and cardboard: at least an X-Acto knife or Olfa knife; optionally, also scissors, paper trimmer, etc.
    • A few paper clips.
    • Paper folding tool (optional… for example a bone folder, or the back of a spoon, or your fingernail).
    • A few binder clips (optional).
    • A piercing cradle (optional; it makes poking holes in all the pages easier).  You can make one from the flap and one side of a cardboard shipping box, like an Amazon shipping box, or from a piece of foam board, and some masking tape (see tutorial at the end of this supply list). 

    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:

    1. Open the glued edges of the box until it is one flat piece of cardboard which will become a one-piece (wraparound) front cover, spine, and back cover for your junk journal. The narrowest side of the box becomes the spine of the book.
    2. Keep the front cover, spine, and back cover attached to each other as one piece. Trim off the top and bottom box flaps that stick out, so that the whole piece is just a long rectangle. 
    3. Optional: decorate the outside cover, for example by painting with acrylic paints or covering with collage paper or decorative paper – we won’t have time to let any paint dry during class. Your spine stitches will show on the outside of the spine.

    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

    • Old calligraphy practice sheets, best if 9x12 inches or 11x17 inches (or bigger).
    • The front covers from emptied pads of paper, best if 9x12 inches or bigger.
    • Pieces cut from brown packing paper or brown paper bags.
    • Scrap paper or decorative paper you didn’t like or didn’t finish on other projects, such as offcuts from big sheets of watercolor or Arches text wove or cover papers from other bookbinding projects.
    • Your art that you don’t mind cutting/binding into a book (paste paper, sketch paper,  watercolor paper, mixed-media paper, etc.) 
    • Recycle any pieces of leftover cardstock, scrapbook paper, or cardboard that are big enough to make a signature.  Freshly meal boxes, for example.
    • Old magazine pages.  For example, take the staples out of a USPS stamp catalog and voila! You have pre-folded signatures made from sturdy magazine paper.
    • Junk mail, especially if you get newsletter-formatted junk mail (bigger pages)
    • Recycled manila or other large envelopes in which you’ve received mail, like the envelope from calligraphy guild mailings.
    • Old wall calendars, old (used) wrapping paper

    **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. 


    • May 14, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • May 15, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    PRESENTER: ANDREA WUNDERLICH


    Sponsored by the SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    All levels

    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.

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered participants for one month. 

    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 

    Cost: $85 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org

    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. Write the workshop name in the memo space.   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. 

       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. 

    • September 11, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Debby Reelitz


        Sponsored by our San Diego Chapter

    SAVE THE DATE!  We'll open registration as we get closer 

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Seeing your calligraphy in a circle is an exciting design component. During this three-hour workshop, we will practice lettering on a curve and how to calculate, draw and letter a full circle of text. I'd recommend focusing on just one lettering style and applying the techniques to that one lettering style. Digital handouts will be provided prior to class.

    ABOUT DEBBY:  Debby Reelitz is a professional calligrapher in North Granby, Connecticut.  Introduced to calligraphy by her 5th grade teacher, she dabbled for years until opening her own calligraphy studio in Chicago. For more than 24 years, she has been a professional lettering artist, creating awards, gifts, commissions, chalkboards, writing on walls, teaching and much more. She has been teaching calligraphy and related skills for more than 15 years. Information can be found at her website: http://letteringdesign.com


    MEMBERS ONLY

    $35


    SUPPLIES:

    *calligraphy nib or brush for the lettering style/size you have chosen (those using a broad edge lettering style, have several sizes of nibs)

    *guidelines (straight) for the lettering style and size you have chosen

    *writing medium: ink, gouache or watercolor

    *compass

    *calculator

    *paper for lettering (paper with 25% cotton is recommended, ie: a resume paper)

    *pencil  & sharpener

    *scissors
    *tape

    *2 quotes 9-15 words long (hopefully that will be about 12-18” of text in length)


    Questions? E-mail Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.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.



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