Calligraphic Artist Books

As a life-long calligrapher, I enjoy the challenge of turning words
into books! I choose important texts and make books that are
unusual and filled with meaning associated with the text, rather
than simply binding books in the traditional manner of bookbinders.
Knowing the words is just the beginning of creating a
Calligraphic Artist Book. What style of book? How large? Many
pages or few pages? What script shall I write? Which paper to
choose? Will there be illustrations? Shall I use ink or gouache or
watercolor for the calligraphy? Will there be embossing on the
pages? Would gold leaf gilding be needed? Which pen will work
best? These are a few of the many questions that need answering
along the way to making a Calligraphic Artist Book.

I’ve been making Calligraphic Artist Books for three and a half
decades and will share many of my books and explain how the
decisions were made.
I have been a calligrapher in Portland, Oregon since I
was first introduced to nibs and ink in 1959 as a high
school art student. In the years since, I have gained a
degree in Graphic Design and have studied with every
major calligrapher in the US and Europe.
I have been teaching college level and private classes
in the Northwest along with workshops throughout the
United States and most recently in Italy. I have directed
three International Calligraphy Conferences in Portland,
bringing 500 scribes together for a week of studying
and sharing.

I am interested in every aspect of the field of calligraphy,
from the formal invitation to writing on walls. I enjoy
seeking out ways to stretch the boundaries of my art. As
a life-long learner, I am always looking forward to the
next new thing.

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