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Calligraphy Crush: John Stevens (and Three Cheers for Cheerio)

Calligraphy Teaching

Calligraphy Crush:  John Stevens (and Three Cheers for Cheerio)

For years, I have heard whispers of a place where calligraphers go.  A retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina where the view is spectacular, the people amazingly kind, and the meals magnificent.  It has all sounded far too good to be true, but I desperately hoped I would be able to experience this for myself someday when the stars aligned.  Well, when I heard that John Stevens would be teaching this fall, I took it upon myself to shove those stars into alignment.  And I'm so grateful I did. If you're knee-deep in the calligraphy world, you know about John Stevens.  Indeed,...

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Engraving in the 21st Century

Book Review Paper Teaching

When asked if I would review the new textbook on engraving, Design to Touch, written by Rose Gonnella and Erin Smith and published by the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), I of course leapt at the chance. As someone enchanted by letterpress printing, I am equally fascinated by its sister art. Physically, the processes are opposites: while in letterpress printing, type and imagery are pressed into the page, the letters debossed from the surface, in engraving, the image and text are embossed or elevated above the surrounding surface. Results from both processes are beautifully tactile and inviting – which is...

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Scenes from the Studio

Assignments Calligraphy Letterpress Literature Poetry Stamps Teaching

Scenes from the Studio

Lately, I've been... ... writing out some e.e. cummings in Italic ... and in foundational.... doing a little teaching. ... mocking-up business cards. ... gazing at vintage stamps.... printing a prospectus for my hand-printed book. What's happening lately where you are?

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Teaching Calligraphy

Calligraphy entrepreneurship practice Teaching

I have been fortunate enough to teach a course at Iowa called Foundational Hands for the last several years.  It's always a good experience, but somehow the stars really aligned for me this semester, and I have a phenomenal class.  Hard workers.  Talented folks.  Their first small assignment blew me away, and then they turned in their first major projects, which were collectively the strongest I have ever seen in this class, hands down.  I am grateful every week to walk into a classroom like this, and yet, it's also making me wistful.  I have one more section lined up...

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