Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Italic I — (Anna Pinto) 5 Saturdays: September 22, 29; October 13, 20 & 27, 2018
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: September 23, 30; October 7 & 14, 2018
Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday: November 3 & 4, 2018

Workshops

Modern Storybook Script — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, September 23, 2018
Roman Capitals with Broad-Edged Pen — (Elmo Van Slingerland) Saturday/Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018
Kinky Spencerian — (Barbara Calzolari) Saturday/Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
Copperplate Garden — (Barbara Close) Saturday, November 3, 2018
Power Pages: Design Techniques — (Barbara Close) Sunday, November 4, 2018
Pointed Brush Lettering for Beginners — (Debra Dick) Saturday, November 10, 2018
Monograms and More — (Barry Morentz) Saturday/Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2018

Italic I

Anna Pinto

5 Saturdays: September 22, 29; October 13, 20 & 27, 2018
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
$260 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
Italic is the graceful, elegant handwriting of the Italian Renaissance.  Students use traditional tools — broad-edged dip pens and ink, rather than fountain pens or markers — in this beginner class which covers minuscule (small) and majuscule (capital) letters, numerals and punctuation. Letterform consistency and spacing are emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand. By developing skill with the broad-edged pen, students will be ready to continue their study of Italic or try other calligraphic styles such as Blackletter (Gothic), Uncial, Carolingian and Foundational.

Note: this is a four hour class with a half hour lunch break (9:30-2:00), so please bring your lunch.
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Higgins Eternal Ink OR small bottle of Walnut Drawing Ink
Penholder
Two pen nibs:
one Speedball C-2 and one of the following: Mitchell 2½ and a reservoir, Brause 1½, or, as a last resort, Speedball C-4. If you are left-handed, get left-handed nibs.
9” x 12” or 11"x 14" Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout pad,
or Boris Cotton Comp pad
Masking tape, paper towel or rag

Calligraphy mail order suppliers have everything and are reliable and fast:
Paper & Ink Arts (800) 736.7772 www.paperinkarts.com
or John Neal Books (800) 369.9598 www.johnnealbooks.com

Basic supplies can be found locally at Dick Blick & Da Vinci.

Instructor

Anna Pinto divides her time between all sorts of freelance work — from envelopes to awards to props for the film industry — and teaching. Her work is included in The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen, and Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: the Basics and Beyond, by Eleanor Winters, and is in the collections of the San Francisco Public Library, and libraries at Rutgers and Yale.

Copperplate I

Elinor Holland

4 Sundays: September 23, 30; October 7 & 14, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$290 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
Copperplate is an elegant hand developed during the age of the great writing masters. This script is used extensively for invitations and formal events. We will introduce the use of the flexible pointed nib and learn the basic letter forms for minuscules and majuscules with emphasis on learning to see the underlying basic forms of this hand.

Note: This class runs 5.5-hours each Sunday with a half hour for lunch.
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Calligraphy supplies can be difficult to find...
John Neal has created an "Elinor Holland" package with all supplies on one page, here:
http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/880

Higgins Eternal Ink,
Pad of Canson Marker Layout paper (size 9x12),
Dinky Dip,
Oblique (elbow) Penholder for right-handed students,
Straight Penholder for left-handed students,
Nibs: Nikko G, Gillot 303, 404, or Hunt 22
Pencil,
Drafting tape.

Materials fee: $1 to $10 (payable to instructor) for purchase of additional nibs

Instructor

Elinor Holland works in both Latin and Arabic scripts. She teaches hands-on workshops in both types of script as well as lectures on Islamic Calligraphy. Her calligraphic work scans the range from invitation design to fine art commissions. She continually works toward refinement in her work through study and practice. Clients include Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library and the Linearis Institute.

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday: November 3 & 4, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Steet (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
In this intensive weekend calligraphy workshop we will examine and practice letterforms in the Copperplate hand, a pointed-pen script that was developed in 16th century England. We will work with an oblique pen holder, pointed pen nib, ink, and guidelines. Our main focus will be on practicing varying amounts of pressure to apply to our pens to produce thick (shaded) and thin (hairline) strokes, letter slant and letter form. We will begin our practice with minuscule and later majuscule letters, which will be grouped according to similar letterforms. Feel free to bring in your favorite quote and/or project ideas for practice and discussion.

See a video of Laura's Copperplate lettering here.
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• Oblique pen holder (suggested: Speedball or better)
• Nikko G nib or Zebra G nib
• Black ink (suggested: small 2 oz. bottle of sumi ink)
• Dinky dip and pipette or 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. ink jar (glass or plastic)
• Small 4-6 oz. plastic or glass water container to clean your pen nibs (yogurt cups work)
• 4 sheets of paper towels or rag to clean your pen nibs
• T-square, 12" (John Neal sells a c-thru one for $2.50)
• Marker Layout Paper (semi-transparent) 9" x 12"
• Pencil
• Black ballpoint or rollerball pen

Instructor

Laura Di Piazza (b. 1972, Brooklyn, New York) holds a MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Laura teaches calligraphy workshops at Dartmouth College, AVA Gallery and Art center and MAKE! Skilled Hands. She has exhibited artwork in Austria, Canada, Germany and the USA. www.lauradipiazza.com

Modern Storybook Script

Kathy Milici

Sunday, September 23, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
This playful alphabet has fun written all over it! This charming, casual script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet. In this one-day workshop, you'll first learn some of the tools of calligraphy and how to use them. Then you'll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lower case letters, then upper case capitals. We'll also examine letter endings, connectors, numbers and punctuation. Strokes into letters, letters into words, words to sentences… and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that is so easy to make uniquely your own.
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(Some supplies may not be available in local stores. Please allow enough time to order. Info below)

Straight Pen Holder, Speedball, black plastic, or your favorite holder
3 Nikko G nibs
Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink
Dinky Dip, screw top
12” clear plastic ruler
Pencil
Kneaded eraser
Dropper Bottle (OR pipette)
Canson Marker Layout pad, 9 X 12, 50 sheets
Matches

Optional:
Scotch Removable Tape (blue label)
Rhodia grid pad, orange cover
A few Viva Paper Towels
Bottle water

Supplies available here:
http://www.paperinkarts.com/storybook.html
http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/999

Instructor

Kathy Milici is a nationally known calligrapher, designer, instructor and mentor. She happily admits to being obsessed with letters since early childhood. Owner of Kathy Milici Creative in Newton, New Jersey, her work has been seen in national magazines and on television. A very popular instructor at the IAMPETH calligraphy conferences (her workshops sell out!), Kathy travels the country, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts. The originator of Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, she also mentors fellow artists and art students in how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist. After almost 40 years as a professional calligrapher and teacher, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.” See more at kathymilicicreative.com.

Roman Capitals with Broad-Edged Pen

Elmo Van Slingerland

Saturday/Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
We will make Roman capitals with the broad-edged pen. We focus on good proportions, applying serifs, variations in letters and attention for detail and quality of form. All done in a slow concentrated manner of writing. We will use pen manipulation and pressure on the pen. There will be demonstrations, tips, and mostly individual attention (as much as possible) and printed instructions.

We’ll practise letters with character and strive for sophisticated calligraphy with refinement and lively detail.
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• Paper: 80 or 90g/m2 copy/printer paper or sketch pad, not smaller than around A3 size (11.7 x 16.5 inch). Not too smooth paper! (very difficult with practicing), but paper with a slight texture/tooth is much better (I prefer A3 Canson XL 90 gr sketch pad with 120 sheets, I am not sure if this can be bought in the USA, but I am sure there are good alternatives). Beneath the practice paper we will use a grid, so be sure your paper is not too heavy (it must show through).
• Good quality artist watercolor paint and/or gouache, or walnut ink
• Broad edged pens in different sizes an good penholders. I prefer that you take a Speedball (C2), but don’t hesitate to take also other brands if you have a preference (size about 3 mm, but take some different sizes with you).
• pencil
• eraser
• ruler
• rags
• brush (cheap) for mixing your paint and fill your pen
• a little plate/saucer or whatever to mix your paint on
• a jar for water

Instructor

Elmo Van Slingerland studied at the Rotterdamse Grafische School (School for printing and graphic arts). In 1986 he attended a workshop in France with Claude Mediavilla, which he considers as his start on the path of calligraphy. Finished study in Graphic/Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (passed with distinction). Taught workshops in different countries in Europe, Australia, South Korea, Mexico and USA, and at The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (post-graduate course students type design). Worked as a freelance graphic designer/type designer (for DTL, for which he designed typeface Dorian, but worked on other typefaces too). Exhibited calligraphy in Belgium, France and the Netherlands and work selected for different publications. Since 2016, he divides his time between working for a design studio (specializing in corporate and annual reporting) and making letters and teaching workshops as much as possible.

Kinky Spencerian

Barbara Calzolari

Saturday/Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
Barbara Calzolari brings us Spencerian with freshness and flair in her unique bold style! Learn this lovely script with even more twists, unexpected turns, and flourishes galore...

On the first day, we'll focus on a short history of the Spencerian style, ideal writing position, equipment, warm up lines, miniscule letters and ligatures. The second day, we'll learn the capital stem and various capital entry stokes, as well as more practice with writing words in upper/lowercase.
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• Oblique pen holder
• Nikko G nib
• Black iron gall ink or Chinese black stick ink
• Good quality paper: Borden & Riley Layout Bond or Lined Rhodia

Instructor

Barbara Calzolari cultivated and pursued her greatest passion: calligraphy with Associazione Calligrafica Italiana; and in the United States, she studied in great depth the use of the flexible nib for Spencerian script with Michael Sull. In 2008, she applied her skills to the creation of the masterpiece ”Deus Caritas Est,” a complete work of art in book form. She engrossed souvenir anthems that the Prime Minister of Italy presented to heads of state assembled at the G8 Summit in 2009. This July she will teach a week-long brush workshop at "Legacies II" in Dallas.

Holiday Flourishes: Creating Small Treasures

Kathy Milici

Sunday, October 21, 2018
10:00 am to 4:15 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($5 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
Kathy’s back! In this fun workshop, you will learn how to combine simple flourishing techniques with easy drawn and painted fall and holiday designs. We’ll create seasonal treasures like flourishy wreaths, gratitude banners, leaves, pumpkins and owls; and special treats like flourished trees, garlands, snowflakes, holly, ornaments, snowmen, stars and bells, with step-by-step instruction for all. Add your own hand-lettered greeting for the perfect composition, and some glittering embellishments too!

Come and create lots of small, sparkling beauties, perfect for cards, envelopes, or to frame and give as gifts for the upcoming holidays! This workshop is sure to get you into the spirit!

As a bonus, Kathy will share her new peace dove design templates, perfect for any time of year.
Materials List
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Straight Pen holder with 3 Nikko G nibs (or your favorite)
matches
Waterproof black india ink
Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White (optional)

Dinky Dip (or ink well)
Ruler, soft pencil, kneaded eraser
A few Q-tips
A few colored pencils (fall, holiday colors)
White colored pencil, or Fons & Porter White Mechanical Pencil
Micron pigma pens (.01, .03 or .05 size ok)

Dropper bottle with water or plastic pipette
Tracing paper, a few sheets
Canson Marker Layout paper pad, 9 x 12

Small watercolor set (inexpensive ok)
Paint brushes, and 1 old brush for mixing
(Recommended: 000, 10/0, very small sizes)

Fine Tec Arabic gold watercolor single pan, or gold ink
Plastic mixing tray or palette (small)
Plastic water container or large cup
Viva Paper towels

OPTIONAL ITEMS:
Uniball Signo White Pen or Sakura Gelly roll white Pen
Sakura Gelly roll pens, 1 gold, 1 clear glitter
Stickles Glitter Glue, clear sparkle (or any glitter glue)
Self-adhering craft rhinestones
Painters tape (blue or green)

Supplies available through Paper and Ink Arts (paperinkarts.com) or John Neal (johnnealbooks.com)

Please note: There is $5 materials fee (payable at registration). You will receive a paper kit including watercolor paper, envelopes, and both black and colored paper.

Instructor

Kathy Milici is a nationally known calligrapher, designer, instructor and mentor. She happily admits to being obsessed with letters since early childhood. Owner of Kathy Milici Creative in Newton, New Jersey, her work has been seen in national magazines and on television. A very popular instructor at the IAMPETH calligraphy conferences (her workshops sell out!), Kathy travels the country, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts. The originator of Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, she also mentors fellow artists and art students in how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist. After almost 40 years as a professional calligrapher and teacher, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.” See more at kathymilicicreative.com.

Copperplate Garden

Barbara Close

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($5 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
With a basic knowledge of Copperplate Script, we will enhance our pages with the addition of pen-drawn florals as well as painted ones. We'll enhance our Copperplate skills and write out several quotes, then adorn them with a beautiful bouquet of brush-painted florals. The garden will begin to grow and flourish! It's an elegant treat.
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• Flexible pointed pen nbis
• Offset oblique holder
• Ink of your choice (If you like writing with ink)
• Watercolors (pan sets or tubes)
• Small round paint brushes: #2, 4, or 6 with a good point
• Water container
• A few paper towels
• 3-4 Sheets of tracing paper (8.5 x 11)
• Pencil, eraser, ruler
• Practice paper (your choice); Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper suggested
• 6-8 Sheets 140# CP watercolor paper cut to 6x9 (any brand)

Instructor

Barbara Close has been a freehance calligrapher, graphic designer, instructor for a number of years. She has taught many classes and workshops in various cities in California and across the country and Canada. Barbara received her BFA in Graphic Design at CSU-Fullerton. She taught greeting card design, painting classes and lettering at several International Lettering Conferences and at IAMPETH Conferences.

Power Pages: Design Techniques

Barbara Close

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($5 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
This is a layout and design technique course that presents gentle ways to use those wonderful lettering skills and create page designs of artful compositions without fear. It's a fun and exciting approach to "filling the page" without just a page of practice alphabets, using the white space as an element also. We'll work from small - medium - large scale projects. Confidence will build as created pages are make. You will amaze yourself and others with your accomplishments.
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• Practice Paper (your choice of brand)
• 1 sheet Arches Text Wove & 1 sheet Stonehenge (cut/tear in fourths for travel. We’ll cut smaller too)
• Pencil + Ruler + Eraser + Bonefolder
• Calligraphy pens (just a few - but various sizes: small & large )
• Sakura “Stardust Clear” Gel Pen
• Brushes: Small #2, 4 or 6 round
• Watercolors: tubes or pan sets
• Embossing Stylus
• Xacto knife & small cutting mat
• Glue Stick
• Blue Painters Tape
• Paper towels (4-5 sheets)
• Quotes you would like to write out
• Bring a sample of work you admire (that inspires you). Can be a color or b/w copy. (This is important!!)

Instructor

Barbara Close has been a freehance calligrapher, graphic designer, instructor for a number of years. She has taught many classes and workshops in various cities in California and across the country and Canada. Barbara received her BFA in Graphic Design at CSU-Fullerton. She taught greeting card design, painting classes and lettering at several International Lettering Conferences and at IAMPETH Conferences.

Pointed Brush Lettering for Beginners

Debra Dick

Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
Learn the graceful art of modern, western brush lettering in this popular one day workshop. The emphasis will be on laying a strong foundation and becoming familiar with the unique aspects of writing with a pointed brush marker. We’ll begin with individual strokes, and build upon them to form expressive, stylish letterforms, numerals and punctuation. As the day progresses we’ll make our way from single letters to dynamic, brush-lettered words, phrases and quotes. During the process of learning we’ll also experiment with letter variations and connectors, try a few simple design techniques, and view inspiring works of brush lettering art.

Whether you’re a rank beginner or already have some calligraphy experience under your belt, “Pointed Brush Lettering for Beginners” will help you gain useful lettering skills along with a thorough understanding of the essentials of pointed brush writing.

Use what you learn in this workshop as a jumping-off point for creating your personal brush-lettering style, and to make greeting cards, signs, logos, monograms, patterns, and much more. No previous lettering or calligraphy experience necessary to participate.
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Please bring to class:
o Two Tombow Dual Brush Pens (or whatever brand you may already have on hand as long as they are similar in size and flexibility to the Tombow): 1 black; 1 gray -- available at Blick Art stores or online at http://www.dickblick.com/products/tombow-dual-brush-pens/#21334-3109 (scroll down web page to see available colors)
o Marker Layout Pad ( minimum 9” x 12”) Please choose either:
• Borden and Riley Boris Marker Layout pad, 9 X 12, 50 sheets, or….
• Bienfang Graphics 360 Marker Pad, 9 x 12, 50 sheets
o Important Miscellaneous Items:
• 12”--18” Ruler
• 2H Pencil
• White Vinyl Eraser: Alvin Erase-Clear; Staedtler Mars Plastic, or similar
• Scotch brand removable tape (blue label)
• A list of words, phrases and short quotes that appeal to you
o Optional Items for Play time allowing:
• Gel Pens such as Sakura Gelly Roll (suggested brand, but use what you like or what you have on hand)
• Uni-ball Signo UM 153 White gel pen (wonderful opacity)
• Notebook and Pen

Materials are available at local art/craft supply stores, or online at: dickblick.com; jet.com; utrecht.com; jerrysartarama.com; paperinkarts.com; johnnealbooks.com; michaels.com

Instructor

Debra Dick became a freelance lettering artist/graphic designer in the early 1990s. Her commissions have included logos, t-shirt designs, corporate resolutions and one-of-a-kind calligraphic art on paper and canvas. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review and the Calligraphers’ Engagement Calendar. In 2004, Paper Kite Press invited her to illustrate Zoo Haiku, a book of poetry and broad-pen drawings.

Debra became a roster artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2000, and has since conducted numerous calligraphy-related arts residencies in schools, libraries and museums. In addition to traditional calligraphy pieces, she also incorporates beautiful writing into paintings, drawings, and hand-made books.

Monograms and More

Barry Morentz

Saturday/Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members / $100 non-members
Level of difficulty: All
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
Students will create letters to be used individually and in combination to form a unique pin-wheel effect. A segment of the design will then be copied in multiples to form a border to enclose the letters, thus creating a completely organic image. A by-product of the design process is the creation of new and unexpected letter variations that will increase your repertoire of forms. Different techniques for decoration will be applied including gilding, watercolor, colored pencil mosaics, and pen-made florals. Beginning students with little design experience will learn the essential elements of line, flow, space, rhythm, and contrast, while advanced students will be challenged by the unlimited range of possibilities. A FUN WORKSHOP!

Barry recently published his book Morphing Monograms, which will be available for purchase at the workshop.
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Usual calligraphic tools, including Mitchell (or Speedball) #1 or 0. Your favorite ink. A few felt-tip broad edge pens, such as Zig; semi-dry are great for texture. Goauche or watercolor, including at least a few complementary colors, white and metallic. 3-H and NB pencils. Colored pencils. Tracing paper and layout bond paper. A few small pieces (5" square) good-quality paper including black

• Please prepare on individual 3” squares of tracing paper at least 10 different letters in different styles and weights. You probably will not use all of them for the final project, but you will have variations readily available that will save valuable class time.

Optional: Phantom liner if you have one, and a tensor type lamp.

Instructor

Barry Morentz owns and operates his Manhattan studio where he creates calligraphic works and hand-made books, boxes, and portfolios. He holds an MA in Medieval History, but abandoned pursuit of a doctorate in favor of an even less likely career in calligraphy. Initially self-taught, he began his formal calligraphic studies, primarily with Sheila Waters, in 1977, and eventually with almost every internationally recognized master. A seminal experience was participation in the Hermann Zapf Master Class at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, and subsequent paleographic studies in Rome and the Vatican Library. He has taught numerous workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and at five international Calligraphy Conferences.

In his midtown studio he ministers to the needs of The New York Public Library, Estee Lauder Companies, Cartier, Columbia University, and The Museum of Modern Art, where he has been The Living Anachronism since 1986. His day-to-day work includes Illuminated Resolutions and Awards Design, Publications Headings, Book and Portfolio Design, and the application of fine lettering in a range of areas. A life-long love for Shakespeare informs and inspires his personal work, which can be seen in numerous publications. In 2002 he realized a long-time goal of studying classical mosaics in Ravenna, Italy, where he learned to execute letters in an ancient format.

After more than 34 years, he remains inspired by the visual and emotional power of letterforms to communicate on a deeply-felt level and to challenge the viewer to discover and interpret the layers of meaning within a text. He recently published his book Morphing Monograms which will be available for purchase at the workshop.