The Art of the Flourish: A Slide Lecture by Heather Held
Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 4:45 to 6:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Heather Held will talk about her journey from florist to calligrapher and her discoveries of the pointed pen world along the way.


Stroke Sequence: My Ramblings through the Alphabet
A Slide Lecture by Amity Parks
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

A slide-show presentation by Amity Parks of her calligraphic journey, showing why and how calligraphy has inspired and played a part in her life.


Allentown Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 to 5
Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 11 to 4
Allentown Fairgrounds, Bill Harris Agricultural Hall
302 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA 18104

Featuring: Art Rubber Stamping, Scrap/Memory Books, Card-Making, Paper Crafting, Book Arts & Calligraphy Arts!

Our friends at The Ink Pad have organized a bus trip to the festival from Manhattan on Saturday, April 1st. Seats are still available: Please call 212.463.9876 to reserve a spot!

Long Island Pen Show
Saturday/Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017
Hofstra University, Student Center Multi-Purpose Room 101
Co-sponsored by our friends at Exaclair

Copperplate Workshop with Nikola Pang
Sunday, April 2 from 10 to 2 at the Pen Show
Come learn the beautiful calligraphic style of copperplate script! Copperplate calligraphy, also known as roundhand, engrosser’s, and engraver’s script is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands. It still stands as one of the most recognizable and high demand design elements in pointed pen calligraphic works. In this course we will go over a concise version of its history and learn to use dip pens in order to form the basic strokes of its construction. This course is geared towards beginners but those with more experience may attend it as a refresher course (plus it’s always nice to have experienced attendees help beginners). There is a small materials fee of $25 for holders, nibs, handouts, and papers; workshop is free for attendees who bring their own supplies. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil with them.

Nikola will give away packets of vintage nibs to attendees who mention that they are members of the Society of Scribes!


Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Rooms 701A/702A
$40 members/$50 non-members (includes materials & lunch)
Details here. Registration here.

Join us for the maiden voyage of what we hope will be an annual event – the Society’s SPRING FLING, a full day of mini-workshops and shopping at John Neal Books. Similar to San Francisco’s “Trivial Pursuits” program, the SoS is inaugurating our own version of this fun-filled day of learning from leading members of our organization.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017: four mini-workshops (about an hour long) will be offered and participants will attend each one: two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Before, after and in-between, there will be shopping at John Neal’s Pop-Up Shop in an adjacent room. Lunch will be an SoS-sponsored Pizza Party!

The mini-workshops will be led by:
Eleanor Winters, teaching pop-up greeting cards with calligraphy.
Marcy Robinson, teaching simple paper-marbling techniques using shaving cream! These papers make fabulous greeting cards, end-papers for books, or backgrounds for lettering.
Chavelli Tsui, teaching how to make an ingenious portable, attractive, handy pen nib holder. Once you make one, you will want to make many, many more!
Lynne Yun, teaching how to write in gradients and rainbow colors using balsa wood/foam brushes.
More about each mini-workshop and the day in general here.

This terrific day is bound to be one of the great bargains of Western Civilization, as the cost for all four sessions and lunch is only $40 members/$50 non-members! Be sure to join us so you can one day say “I was there when the Society of Scribes launched this fantastic event!” There is something in this for everyone, regardless of your level of expertise, so be sure to register quickly, as interest has been mounting and we expect it to sell out fast! Register here.

Volunteers & helpers needed! Please email us:

(Pictured above, clockwise from upper left: (1) Eleanor Winters’ pop-up cards, (2) Marcy Robinson’s marbled papers, (3) Chavelli Tsui’s cardboard nib-holder, (4) Lynne Yun’s writing with gradients)


John Neal Books Pop-Up Shop!
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 6pm (with Spring Fling Mini-Workshops!)
Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm (with Scriptorium/Play Day!)
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

$25 Gift Certificates given away every half hour!

We’re so excited to welcome John Neal Books to New York City for a weekend Pop-Up Shop! What a luxury to be able to see and touch and purchase-in-person these wonderful hard-to-find calligraphy supplies and specialty items! There will be refreshments, raffles, door prizes, demos galore and other fun surprises throughout the day!

Volunteers & helpers needed! Please email us:

Pre-Order Deadline: Monday, April 3
They are taking pre-orders! Anything from the JNB catalog/website can be pre-ordered for pick-up at SVA: with no shipping charges for anything, including large sheets of paper! All pre-orders must be placed by Monday, April 3. Please add item 17NYC to your pre-order; you can start your pre-order here.


Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Gallery Talk at 7:00 pm)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Our show runs through April 1st; the NAC is open Monday thru Friday, from 10-5.

Join us for an Artists Reception and Gallery Talk to celebrate our 2017 annual open members’ exhibition. Artists will be invited to speak and answer questions about their work on display.

The show features over 40 works by the following members: Alice, Carmela La Gamba Bode, Maureen Chen, Neil Chen, Ethan Cohen, Cynthia Dantzic, Michelle Deng, Debra Dick, Rebecca Farber, Doris Fullgrabe, Noa Guy, Elinor Holland, Ernest Krysty, Judy Kastin, Quentin McQuiston, Barry Morentz, Anna Pinto, Ann Shoshkes, Denise Simon, Maureen Squires, Susan Steele, Julio Vega, Kathy Wallace, Eleanor Winters, Holly Woodward, Lynne Yun. To download an index of the show’s artists and artwork, please click here.

Special thanks to our show-hanging committee: Carmela La Gamba Bode, Maureen Chen, Cynthia Dantzic, Noa Guy, Ann Shoshkes, and Susan Steele.


Linear Language: Annual Members’ Open Exhibition
March 7 through April 1, 2017
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
The National Arts Club is free and open to the public Monday–Friday from 10 to 5.

Artists’ Reception & Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 23, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Talk begins at 7:00 pm.)

We wish to present a wide range of calligraphic work — from amateurs, students, and professionals alike — demonstrating the vitality of this art and craft, and its range from traditional to experimental. This is your opportunity to help create a rich, varied, and exciting public display.

Submissions: All current members are invited to submit pieces for hanging by Monday, March 6. All artwork must contain some form of hand-lettering, and all pieces must be framed behind glass or plexiglass, wired and ready-to-hang. Guidelines for delivery and more information on our download-able Entry Form here.

We’re also looking for people to help hang the show on Monday, March 6. If you’re available, please email


A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés:
Calligraphic Paintings “in Memory of the Children”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00)
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Initiated in 2010, Eleanor’s calligraphic painting project, entitled A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés (In Memory of the Deported Children) comprises more than 200 works commemorating 6000 Jewish children who were deported from Paris between 1941 and 1944, and died in the death camps at Auschwitz. Based on the texts from commemorative plaques installed by the French government on the facades of Parisian school buildings, Eleanor has “taken the words off the walls” and created artworks with the purpose of honoring the memory of these young victims of the Holocaust through the use of calligraphy, color, texture and design, in order that contemporary viewers never forget this tragic chapter in our shared history.

Many of these works have been exhibited in New York at the Anne Frank Center in 2014 and at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit in 2016. Eleanor will talk about the inspiration for the paintings as well as the artistic evolution of the project from simple symmetrical pen-and-ink calligraphy to multi-layered, sometimes semi-legible works using a variety of media, letterforms and techniques.

We will also introduce our inaugural class of Society of Scribes Scholarship recipients. 

Afterwards, there will be a short general meeting and election of the new board. Here are our candidates for the 2017 Board of Governors:

V. A. Barrow (*) has loved calligraphy since attending the H.S. of Fashion Industries where she majored in Fashion Design. Her introduction to her first calligraphy hand came about when she drew a Halloween costume and mused aloud about some writing to go along with it and a classmate complied with a Gothic hand. Since then V has taken classes at Stuyvesant H.S. adult education, Botanical Gardens, SVA, private classes and of course classes through SoS. She continues to take classes as often as she can.

Ethan Cohen (*) is a Brooklyn-based calligrapher who is currently studying Typeface Design at The Cooper Union’s Type@Cooper Extended Program. His experience attending the 2015 international calligraphy conference as a recipient of the Dancing Letters Scholarship inspired him to help launch the 2017 Society of Scribes Scholarship program. Ethan is also a conservatory-trained guitarist and banjo player and works as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at an independent record label and music publishing company.

Cynthia Dantzic (*) studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). She has served on the board for several years as programs coordinator. Her ninth art-related book, 100 New York Calligraphers, which includes the work of a number of SoS members, is featured in Schiffer’s Spring 2015 catalog.

Nancy Favorito (*) has served on the board since 2009, first as recording secretary and currently as treasurer. She has a background in engineering and spent years working in the financial industry before becoming the mother of twin girls. Calligraphy is her welcome diversion and she is committed to supporting the Society of Scribes.

Judy Kastin (*) is a freelance calligrapher who previously served on the SoS Board for eighteen years. She rejoined in 2011 as workshop chair. Judy is the co-author of the last two editions of The Speedball Textbook and Lettering Arts, and author of 100 Keys to Great Calligraphy.

Eva Kokoris (*) is a freelance calligrapher and designer with an avid interest in the lettering arts. She volunteered for special events before being elected to the board in 2007 and subsequently served as president for three years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Mannes College of Music and currently serves on the Board.

Adrian Morehouse (*) was introduced to East Asian brush calligraphy in college, and he continued to practice while teaching English in a rural Japanese town. He later studied graphic and typeface design at SVA. Adrian currently works in the information technology field. His first formal introduction to Western calligraphy was at an SoS workshop a few years ago, and he has been an avid participant in classes and events ever since. Adrian believes strongly in the value of writing by hand and the lettering arts. He hopes to contribute to the work of the SoS to preserve and extend these traditions.

Barry Morentz (*) is a freelance calligrapher, bookbinder, boxmaker, and instructor residing in Manhattan where he operates a studio quite appropriately in the shadow of the New York Public Library. He has been totally involved in calligraphy for more than 37 years, and served on the Board of Governors from 1979-1991, including 8 years as Workshops Chairman, and Faculty Chairman for Innovations ’86, the SoS sponsored Conference in Hoboken. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and is directing much of his attention now to the future of calligraphy and its great legacy in Western culture.

Chi Nguyen (*) freelances and teaches calligraphy/papercrafts for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She’s been an avid SoS workshop-taker and has served on the board since 1998 doing membership and various other things.

Phan Nguyen (*) is on the editorial board of the newly revived Notes from New York, the newsletter of the Society of Scribes. He served on the Board of Governors in 2016 and hopes to continue in this position to promote calligraphic literacy to an unsuspecting public.

Anna Pinto (*) is a freelance calligrapher and calligraphy instructor living in Hoboken, NJ. She first served on the Board in the 80s and 90s. She also edited the Newsletter then, and came back for another 5-year stint, mainly so she could revive the April Fool’s insert. She is grateful for the many friends and calligraphic opportunities that have come her way over the years thanks to the Society of Scribes.

Ana Rodriguez (*) first discovered Italic via a Ken Brown calligraphy kit many years ago. Until recently, she had not received formal instruction and is grateful for having found SoS and their skilled and talented pool of instructors, affordable classes and calligraphic opportunities. Drawn to the lettering arts and aspiring to develop a strong lettering form and expand her skill-set, she will continue taking classes and work with the SoS to promote the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy.

Ann Shoshkes is a New Jersey based enthusiast of all things lettering. Ann holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has always had a passion for the decorative arts. She fell in love with penmanship while addressing her own wedding envelopes in 2008. Realizing that she would benefit from professional instruction, she was overjoyed to discover the Society of Scribes several years later. Numerous classes and workshops have followed, and she has been so grateful to meet and get to know this wonderful group of committed calligraphers. Ann attended IAMPETH this past summer, exposing her to a broad range of instructors and the larger calligraphic community. Additionally, Ann has studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Gardens, and is furthering her skills with various art classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University and also studying Chinese Brush Stroke painting. Ann truly values the Society of Scribes and believes strongly in giving back to this committed group of calligraphers.

Susan Steele’s (*) search for instruction in the art of “beautiful writing” led her to the SoS. She has been working as a calligrapher for many years and had a previous 15-year career in graphic design. SoS has provided her with a constant source of inspiration and local contacts within the calligraphy field.

Chavelli Tsui (*) is a graphic designer who started seriously studying calligraphy with Myrna Rosen during her undergrad years at Carnegie Mellon. Many years later she rediscovered her love for calligraphy while in the Type@Cooper typeface design program and since then she has had the pleasure of studying with many amazing lettering artists.  She runs her own eponymous design studio and is grateful to be able to infuse her design work with her growing calligraphy skills. A lifelong lover of letters, she loves being part of SoS through which she aims to further promote the practice and enjoyment of calligraphy and its related arts.

Lynne Yun (*) is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer specializing in lettering, calligraphy and typeface design. She holds a BFA from School of Visual Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Typeface Design from Type@Cooper. Lynne and her work have been recognized nationally and internationally, including by the Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, and AIGA. She is passionate about the future of calligraphy and committed to strengthening the calligraphy community.

(*) Denotes returning board members.

We look forward to serving in the next year, and want to remind everyone that help is always needed! If you’d like to join us, or attend one of our bi-monthly board meetings, please contact us at

(Artwork by Eleanor Winters)


Our Spring 2016 Classes & Workshops have been posted!
Details and descriptions here.

Registration for all early spring workshops (thru April 29) is now open.
Registation for late spring workshops (April 30 and beyond) will open at 7am on February 27 for members and February 28 for general public.

But that’s not all! Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Saturday, April 1 – An Evening with Ziller Inks!
Saturday/Sunday, April 8 & 9 – John Neal Pop-Up Shop!
May 17 thru July 29 – “The Calligraphy Revival” Exhibition at The Grolier Club
Thursday, May 18 – “Calligraphy as Fine Art” Symposium at The Grolier Club
Saturday/Sunday, June 10 & 11 – Gothicized Italic with Barry Morentz
Saturday/Sunday, July 14 & 15 – Liesbet Boudens

Coming soon: Fall 2017 — Renee Jorgensen and more!
(All dates & events are subject to change until officially posted.)

(Artwork by Loredana Zega)


Cynthia Dantzic’s Sabbatical Plus Exhibition
February 1–24, 2017
Nathan Resnick Showcase Gallery, Third floor, Library Learning Center
1 University Plaza, LIU Brooklyn

Re-Scheduled Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Many SoS-related items on display, including photographs at the Passionate Pen conference and the NAC’s book event for 100 New York Calligraphers.

Travel: B/Q/R to DeKalb; 2/3/4/5 to Nevins; A/C/F to Jay Street
For more information, call 718.488.1198

(Bygone Bugle, photograph by Cynthia Dantzic)


Eleanor Winters spent four weeks this fall teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. It was her third trip in three years to teach in Asia, but first time teaching in Jakarta. She reports that the students were wonderful, very enthusiastic and excited about learning calligraphy: “I think it’s relatively new over there, and interest is growing. Some students flew in from Bangkok, the Philippines and Taipei, who had taken a Spencerian class with Michael Sull previously, and wanted to learn more pointed pen, especially Copperplate Flourishing. In total, I taught 17 workshops in four weeks, six of which were Flourishing classes!”

This photo was taken at their calligraphy association get-together in October, a “Meet & Greet” welcoming Eleanor to Jakarta.

We are happy to have Eleanor back in New York City, where she’ll be teaching Italic I and Foundational this spring!


Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

We have one spot left in Paul’s workshop on December 17/18, and everyone is invited to attend his Friday night lecture…

The struggles and successes of Father Catich are told through photographs, video and examples of his own artwork. Follow young Catich through his training in the orphanage, experiences as a sign painter in Al Capone’s Chicago, adventures at the North American University in Rome and his studies of the Imperial Roman lettering on Trajan’s column in Rome with Paul Herrera, his last apprentice. Herrera brings the spirit of Father Catich to life with voice imitations and anecdotal stories of what it was like to work with a true letter arts master craftsman.


BEYOND WORDS: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN BOSTON COLLECTIONS is the first exhibition to showcase highlights of illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area. An ambitious collaborative project, Beyond Words is notable for the size of its curatorial team, the number of lending institutions, and a multi-venue display. The exhibition presents more than 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed books from nineteen Boston-area collections, dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. The exhibit is supplemented by an extensive catalog, a three-day symposium, and public programming. Explore the website for additional information on Beyond Words.

Manuscripts from Church & Cloister (Houghton Library, Harvard University)
September 12–December 10, 2016

In the Houghton Library’s portion of the exhibit, the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the bible, all books.

Manuscripts for Pleasure & Piety (McMullen Museum, Boston College)
September 12–December 11, 2016

At the McMullen Museum, the visitor’s attention shifts to lay readership and the place of books in medieval society. The High Middle Ages witnessed an affirmation of the visual and, with it, empirical experience.

Italian Renaissance Books: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
September 22, 2016–January 16, 2017

The Gardner Museum explores the birth of the modern book in fifteenth-century Italy, which was the genesis of the radical shift from manuscript to print to digital culture that evolved over the last 500 years. Against the backdrop of the present Digital Age and current debates over the relevance of the book, the show invites visitors to contemplate one era of revolution in the time of another.


Here’s a quick preview of our Spring Schedule. Please know that all dates/classes are subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page. Registration for Classes will begin on January 23/24; registration for Workshops will begin on February 6/7. Current members will get 24-hour pre-registration by email at 8am on Feb 6; registration will be open to the general public on Feb 7. (Late spring/early summer workshops — from April 30 and beyond — will open on February 27 at 7am for members and on February 28 for general public.)

Classes (Registration opens January 23/24)
February 19/26 – Copperplate Intensive with Marcy Robinson
5 Saturdays starting February 25 – Italic I with Eleanor Winters
5 Sundays starting March 5 – Copperplate I with Elinor Holland
2 Saturdays starting March 18 – Italic Variations with Anna Pinto
April 22/May 6 – Foundational with Eleanor Winters
May 20/21 – Intro to Copperplate with Laura Di Piazza

Early Spring Workshops (Registration opens February 6/7)
February 25/26 – Flat Brush & Embossing with Loredana Zega
March 4/5 – Fraktur with Paul Shaw
March 11/12 – A for Accordion with Cherryl Moote
March 19 – Brush Lettering with Debra Dick
March 26 – Modern Storybook Script with Kathy Milici
April 1/2 – Cadels with Vivian Mungall
April 29/30 – The Artful Flourish with Heather Held (pictured above)

Late Spring Workshops (Registration opens February 27/28)
April 30 – (TBC) The Flourished Name with Kathy Milici
May 6/7 – Spencerian with Harvest Crittenden
May 20/21 – A Sharp Pencil & A Keen Eye with Amity Parks
June 3/4 – (TBC) Roman Capitals with Marcy Robinson
June 10/11 – Gothicized Italic with Barry Morentz

(Dates/classes are still subject to change until officially posted.)

We’ve just added two NEW December workshops!


Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Write with White Workshop with Kathy Milici
A brand new workshop from Kathy Milici! — Just in time for the holidays and based on popular questions from social media: Have you ever wanted to try writing in white… on paper, on glass, on ribbon, and more? Which white works best? Come and play and experiment with us!


Sat/Sun, December 17/18, 2016 – Slate Cutting with Paul Herrera
Due to popular demand, we added a second slate-cutting workshop with Paul Herrera! There’s still one spot left in this workshop!


Society of Scribes Annual Holiday Fair!
Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 11am to 4pm 
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South
(20th Street between 3rd Avenue & Irving Place)
Free Admission! Open to the public! Guests are welcome!

Paper & Ink Arts: Please pre-order by October 21st to pickup at the Fair!

Join us for the event of the year, celebrating calligraphy and our love of hand-lettering and hand-made treasures! This year’s Fair will feature both new and traditional attractions: * Paper & Ink Arts on-site calligraphy boutique * Decorative rubber stamps, scrapbooking and paper crafts from The Ink Pad  * Scriptorium with Karen Gorst * Brause nibs! * Marbled artwork by Katherine Radcliffe * Watercolor cards by Annette Fleischman * Calligraphy demonstrations * Vintage 1890s Warren’s Pens * The SoS Café (featuring complimentary premiere espresso/coffee from Cupa Cabana and assorted bagels/pastries from 11 to 3) * plus lots more to see and do! (We will continue to update this post as more vendors and demonstrators are confirmed, so please check back for the latest info!)

You can see pictures from Holiday Fair 2014 here.
(Photographs by Grayson Dantzic)

Scriptorium w/ Karen Gorst – from 12 to 3
Featuring Neuland and Pointed Brush Flowers!

Calligraphy & Art Demonstrations!
Christopher Calderhead & Anna Pinto – Annual Collaboration
Cynthia Dantzic – 100 New York Calligraphers
Jerise Fogel – Papercutting & Hebrew (11:00 to 12:30)
Elizabeth Hunter — SliderWriter & Magnetic Ink Stirrer (1:30 to 4:00)
Barry Morentz – Gothic Caps & Horizon Pen
Marcy Robinson – Copperplate & Roman Caps (11:00 to 1:30)
Leslie Watkins – Decorative Borders & Marginalia (12:00 to 4:00)
Carol Zack – Inks
Jim Zhang – Chinese (1:30 to 4:00)
(Please note that all times and demos may be subject to change, and there may be some impromptu demos added throughout the day!)

Silent Auction! Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by Christopher Calderhead, Anna Pinto, books from Cynthia Dantzic, Yves Leterme and more!

White Elephant Table! We are asking members to bring gently used, unwanted calligraphy and art supplies: We’ll find them a good home.

Volunteers Needed! Please volunteer, we still need your help to make the Holiday Fair happen. Email us:

(Holiday Fair artwork by Laura Di Piazza)

Some of our favorite calligraphers will be teaching and lecturing in New York City in the next few weeks:


Elinor Holland: Thuluth Script, Letter by Letter
November 5, November 19, December 4 from 10:00 to 3:30
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St. Room SL24E
$80 each day; first time students: $20 materials fee payable to instructor
More info here.


Carl Rohrs Lecture: Scripts & Script Typefaces & Back Again
Monday, October 31 at 6:30 pm
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, Lower Level
Free and open to the public: register here.
Script typefaces can start at calligraphy, a quick sketch or a dashed-off handwritten note. Let’s look at some scripts’ beginnings. Once it becomes a face, it that the end of its creative trail? Can’t it still inspire more handwork? There are calligraphers, sign writers and lettering artists who think it can.

Carl is also teaching a workshop: Typefaces You Can Write with a Pen & Brush on Sat/Sun, October 29/30, for Type@Cooper. More info here.


Paul Antonio in New York City
2500 Years of Western Alphabet Lecture
October 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Advanced Pointed Nib Workshop
October 29, 10:00 to 6:00/October 30, 10:00 to 5:00
Beginners Copperplate Workshop
October 31, 10:00 to 6:00/November 1, 10:00 to 5:00
Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway #408
More info here.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm
The Ink Pad, 37 Seventh Avenue @ 13th Street
Free and open to the public: please RSVP here.

We’re so excited to welcome fantasy artist, calligrapher and illuminator Jane Sullivan from France on Wednesday, November 9 at The Ink Pad! Jane will be doing a book-signing and demo: We especially love her Illuminated Letters Sketchbook! and her newly published Calligraphy, both from Peter Pauper Press!

You can take a peek at Jane’s Sketchbook here. Her workshop will be based on these lovely Illuminated Letters! And you can take a quick flip through her new Calligraphy book, full of historical scripts and easy-to-follow guides here.

Later that evening, Jane will be teaching a short workshop called Fantasy Letters. We’re very sorry to say that this workshop is completely sold out, but everyone is welcome to come to the book-signing and demo. If you can’t make it to the signing, you can still purchase a signed book: Just call The Ink Pad to place your order: 212-463-9876. You won’t regret adding Jane’s books to your collection!

(artwork by Jane Sullivan)


Mehdi Saeedi: Calligraphic Transformation
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Type Directors Club, 347 W. 36th Street
TDC members $5, non-members $22.09, students $16.82
Register online here.

Members may be interested in this lecture, sponsored by our friends at the Type Directors Club…

Mehdi Saeedi’s artistic vision is informed by the aesthetic heritage and traditions of the Middle East. Combining his experience in classical Persian calligraphy with visual cues from the art of dance, Saeedi explores the sensual nature of writing. His work—thoroughly contemporary, masterful, shimmering with visual sleights of hand—has as its basis movement, speed, space, and color. Saeedi will present work, discuss the evolution of his style, and give a preview of new projects.

Mehdi Saeedi‎ is an award-winning, internationally known artist and designer based in Philadelphia. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He is a typographer and calligrapher whose expertise is zoomorphic lettering design—shaping words into animals and other forms. His work has been in more than 250 exhibitions and biennials worldwide, and has been published numerous times, including in New Masters of Poster Design (Rockport, 2012). Saeedi has taught classes and workshops in Iran and abroad, and is currently part-time faculty at Towson University in Maryland.

(artwork by Mehdi Saeedi)


Friday, September 23, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

James’ weekend workshop is sold out, but everyone is welcome to attend his Friday night lecture…

James has developed a new modern style inspired by nature and the cosmos, based on historical Spencerian and Round Hand scripts into an exciting new pointed pen “look” — a continuation of the Golden Age of American Ornamental Penmanship for use in our modern age.