Insular adventures

Inspired by my summer class on Uncials, I decided to apply the same approach of studying manuscripts carefully, and coming up with a hand that is grounded in history, and yet not archaic, to learning some insular majuscule.The Book…

Roman capitals with John Stevens

In October, I went to Cheerio for the first time to take a workshop with John Stevens on Roman capitals.First of all, I would like to point out that Camp Cheerio is in a beautiful place, and the view…

Uncials with Ewan Clayton

The biggest lesson I took away from this class is that there is no single Uncial alphabet, but instead there are different historic variations.We explored different manuscripts and came up with a self-consistent hand, where pen angle, stroke weight…

The price of anonymity

I had a very interesting and unintentional experience with trying to sell my work anonymously.It all started with the Rendez-vous Calligraphy Conference. I wanted to enter a piece in the participant exhibit, and the only requirement was to make…

Flat file project

I needed a place to store my paper, so I found some used flat files online. They were operational, but a little beat-up on the outside. Given that they only cost 1/10 of what they would cost new, it…

Brush class with Carl Rohrs

There is one tool that I have always found to be particularly challenging: the brush. I became especially aware of this after taking a sing-painting workshop, and seeing how all of my letters were complete garbage.When Seattletters conference came…

Trajans with Yves Leterme

I signed up for an online Trajans class with Yves, and it was great. I learned a lot, even though I did get to the most interesting (and most challenging) part of the class — brush letters. I would definitely take…

Creativity takes courage

I will freely admit to this one being one of my most "cheaty" projects. The task was to write out a quote:Creativity takes courage. — Henri MatisseI wanted to write huge pointed pen letters, but that was hard for 2…