I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Uncial Class

Yesterday I helped man a booth for the Triangle Calligraphers' Guild at the Cary Spring Daze. What a spectacular day to have this event. I had never been to this annual Arts & Crafts day nor had I manned a table. I was amazed at how immense Bond Park was as well as the crowd!

Anyway, what we were doing were demos of the many calligraphic lettering styles that make up the calligraphic world. We'd ask the passersby if they would like a hand-lettered bookmark. If so, we would ask them their names and then start right in on making the beautiful letterforms with our pens and inks and various markers.

It was a treat to hand over the bookmark to the festival goers and hear them say, "It's so beautiful!" There were even some who remarked that they actually wanted to learn how to do what we were doing.

Well, you can! If you like what you see in the picture above and want to learn that style of lettering, then come join me in June. I will be teaching it.

Just send me an email at Kerrlligraphy@gmail.com and I will send you the details!

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