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 [...]


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 [...]


Representing an Earthwise Path

by Cari on 10/10/2012

in Calligraphy

I am so honored and pleased to again have my artwork appear on the cover of Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International. This quarterly magazine uses a very pleasing color scheme and subtle layout effect that attractively complement this piece. The Earth is Happy was a very early paste paper painting made in 2001, [...]


A Page in a New Publication

by Cari on 09/07/2012

in Book Art

Alphabet Ancestors was accepted to be one of 1,000 images of bookish goodness in Quayside Publishing’s new 1,000 Artists’ Books, published this summer. I speculated that my book art was chosen because of the unusual wrapper closure (a rock with two holes acting as a button), but instead, one of my favorite interior page spreads [...]


I’ve been fortunate to put the basics of what I’ve learned about calligraphy and illumination over the years into a series of books produced by Walter Foster, a publishing company of art instruction books for over eighty years. In 2006 they commissioned me to produce an introductory guide to calligraphy and illumination, presenting a variety [...]


Another Nice Magazine Appearance

by Cari on 07/10/2009

in Book Art

I’m honored and pleased to be featured in the center spread of the current issue of Bound and Lettered, the calligraphy and book arts journal published by John Neal. There are four pages of images of several of my books with commentary, plus more photos on the inside and outside of the back cover. And [...]


In Good Company

by Cari on 05/25/2009

in Calligraphy

I’ve been honored to be included in the latest Letter Arts Review, the annual juried issue for work submitted in 2008. That funky U majuscule in the center of the cover is from A Goddess Alphabet and derives from forms I’ve been studying on Old European artifacts. One of the Spelling Words books was also [...]