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!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sketch for Medieval Illuminated "O"

This coming Sunday, May 5, the North Carolina Museum of Art will be having a Medieval Family Festival from 1pm-4pm. Lots of folks will be in costume! The Triangle Calligraphers' Guild will be setting up their very own Scriptorium! We will be demonstrating the techniques of lettering with pen and ink. I will be demonstrating this Illuminated "O" that I have designed just for this Festival. There will be some hands-on activities for the participants. Come on out and join the fun, either by yourself, with friends, or with your kids! And if you feel like dressing up for the occasion (Medievally speaking), you'll fit right in!

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