Calligraphy: the art of hand lettering.

The process of calligraphy, techniques and samples, and exhibit reviews.

A Bevy of Yule cards

by Cari on 12/05/2016

in Calligraphy

A wise friend once suggested that a nice way to fill the well when feeling sidelined was to look at past work. And it’s customary toward the end of the year, and on one’s birthday, our personal year, to “take stock” and look back on the triumphs and trials of the past year. The trials, tedious [...]

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I am so excited to share news of a luscious new publication celebrating the work of one of my very favorite people, Alice. I wrote about Alice’s effect on my career a few years ago. So of course I am delighted that her fifty-plus years of unflagging excellence in the production of freelance calligraphy is being [...]

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It is easy to forget that kindness can help to ease difference of opinion and lessen hatred. In these days of political discord at best and outright terror at worst, I can’t pretend that a little calligraphy will do anything to change that. Sometimes all we can do is try to add a little beauty [...]

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Calligraphy is “slow writing.” As the art of simple handwriting becomes more rare, learning to write slowly and beautifully is a meditative and rewarding practice. This spring I’ve been teaching a class designed to demystify the tools and materials of my trade. If you have ever wondered what to do with that calligraphy pen with the [...]

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During the summer months of this year, I spent many hours perambulating between my studio and my computer screen, creating a modern manuscript in a medieval style. The job inquiry came in late May, and the final artwork was delivered the first week of October. During those four months, I used just about every trick [...]

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Window on the Work

by Cari on 10/15/2015

in Calligraphy

This is my mediation. Pen, ink and paper. And a pool of light. I’ve not been posting much, because of this, working. A young visitor to my studio took this photo the other day. I wouldn’t even quit working to show him around. So he took this, a window on my work. I usually don’t [...]

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Peace Comes Dropping Slow

by Cari on 06/17/2015

in Calligraphy

As the summer solstice approaches, when the sun seems to pause in the sky before beginning the long arc toward winter, I find myself with some still moments, a quietness within. And so, “peace comes dropping slow” and poetry resonates in my mind. I had the pleasure of immersing myself in “The Lake Island of [...]

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Let Union Be in All Our Hearts

by Cari on 10/16/2014

in Calligraphy

Let union be in all our hearts / Let all our hearts be joined as one / We’ll end the day as we began / We’ll end the day in pleasure / Right fa-la-ra-la-ry-tu-ra-ly-do / When we are together When I heard these lyrics at this year’s California Revels May Day celebration, the words sang [...]

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Tools of the Trade

by Cari on 07/28/2014

in Calligraphy

These are the tools of my work for the last three months, while I completed six formal resolutions for a longtime client. It is very satisfying to return to the simplest form of my craft. Despite the myriad art supplies in my studio, these are what I begin with: pen, ink, paper. The newest indispensable [...]

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A Page from the Past

by Cari on 06/19/2014

in Calligraphy

Here is a little flash from the past. In 1993, I put together an exhibit of books made by members of my calligraphy guild, Pacific Scribes, and included a selection of historical manuscript pages. I wanted to show the unbroken line between current scribes and those from long ago. I also included some “tools of [...]

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