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I had an amazing time teaching a Copperplate Calligraphy workshop a couple of weeks ago in Berlin for MAKE! Skilled Hands. We primarily focused on copperplate calligraphy, but also experimented with ruling, folded and cola pens too. Filmmaker Ellen Czaya did a great job filming and editing the following documentary.

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Join me and co-curator Dana Heffern for the opening reception of Rucksack, a group exhibition that dismantles gender and racial stereotypes, at Burlington College in Burlington Vermont on Thursday August 28, 2014 from 4pm-7pm.


This spring I was honored to letter a pack called All American Grit for Go Media, a Cleveland, Ohio-based studio that offers great design for web, branding and print. Go Media are also the presenters of Weapons of Mass Creation, a 3-day festival in Cleveland of insightful talks, workshops and performances by and for creatives.

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Part of the All American Grit Lettering Pack

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Here’s a little bit more info about the pack and my process:

“This lettering pack is all-American! It includes words that we associate with America’s strong work ethics and American-made pride. During my recent travels to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria I encountered some people’s opinions about American-made products and the general impression was that American-made is usually equated with ‘well-made’.

As a calligrapher I mainly engage in non-modified lettering, where the first go is the only go for a word, sentence, paragraph or page. And if it doesn’t come out the way I intended I either accept the results or do it over. The lack of editing has helped me to relax and embrace a certain flow when I letter.

The tools I used for this pack include the Japanese-made pointed pen Nikko G nib (originally designed for Anime artists), German-made Haff ruling pen (originally an architectural tool) , homemade cola pen (yes, the writing tip is made out of a small piece of a Coca Cola can), various square edge brushes and the beloved American-made Sharpie.”






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