Hear Julian Waters March 2 at NCSU

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Come and hear renowned calligrapher, type designer, and teacher Julian Waters speak at the N.C. State University Crafts Center. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the main gallery of the Craft Center, located on the NCSU campus. Admission is free.

Julian Waters is the son of calligrapher Sheila Waters and the late bookbinder/conservator Peter Waters. Starting in the late 1970s he studied extensively with the legendary German type designer Hermann Zapf, who later picked Julian as his successor to teach the summer masterclasses at Rochester Institute of Technology. Julian’s clients have included the U.S. Postal Service, National Geographic, many agencies, institutions and companies. He has been a typographic designer and advisor for numerous exhibit designs and memorials.

His typeface designs include the award-winning Waters Titling Pro from Adobe and several custom corporate typefaces including a Transitional style family for the new Visitors Center at Jefferson’s Monticello where he was a typographic designer/advisor. Among his collaborative efforts was with muralist William Cochran on the large public text art project “The Dreaming” in Frederick MD, 2007. He has received many awards from the Type Directors Club, Graphis, Art Directors Club, Print, and Letter Arts Review, among others. Julian’s work has been represented in many international exhibitions and publications.

Julian has had solo exhibitions in Washington DC, Norway, Iceland, and in 2009 he was one of only two contemporary western lettering artists to be included in the St John’s Bible exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. During the 1990s, Waters taught lettering and typography in the graphic design program at the Corcoran School of Art, and in 1997 he was the Rubenstein Memorial Artist in Residence at DC’s Sidwell Friends School, in conjunction with a large retrospective exhibition and lectures.

In 2001, Julian was one of 14 international type designers invited to exhibit in the seminal “Zapfest” exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library. Waters has been the keynote speaker at international design conferences, and over the last 30 years he has taught countless specialized workshops for lettering professionals throughout the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has taught several week-long summer sessions at Wells College Book Arts Institute, including digital font design using FontLab.


Graceful Envelope contest

Calligraphers everywhere are encouraged to enter the Graceful Envelope Contest, conducted by the Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Deadline is March 26, 2018 and there is no entry fee. Let’s have some entries from Triangle Calligraphers! Our March 10 meeting program will include some pointers and design opportunities. You can visit the link below for more information.

This year’s theme: “Whatever the Weather
There’s always something to say about the weather. From severe storms to sowing crops to using the sun and wind for renewable energy, the weather affects everyone. Summon a brainstorm to capture what’s outside your window—or outside the box—and design a winning envelope!

The contest urges artists to “find new ways to use hand lettering, graphic design and postage stamps to enhance your entry. It may be a small canvas, but you are capable of big ideas.”

Learn more and view past winning Graceful Envelopes at: http://www.calligraphersguild.org/envelope.html

YOUniquely Uncial

With Catherine Mauney Langsdorf
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
September 30 and October 1, 2017

YOUniquely Uncial:

“The reason for this workshop is YOU!” says calligrapher and teacher Catherine Mauney Langsdorf. Enjoy two full days with this talented, accomplished and engaging scribe, learning to strengthen your marks and create stronger letterforms by taking personalized steps to enrich your calligraphic technique.

Catherine will work with each student to discover what is unique about their personal calligraphic style, sharing gleanings from her 30 years of study with master scribes. As a basis for study, the class will use the historical Roman Uncial hand, with Catherine calling on her experience for the best ways to help each student apply principles to create their own signature hand.

“Our eyes will guide our hand to create personal interpretations of this classical alphabet,” Catherine says. “We’ll study the letterforms using a pencil and a broad edge tool, further exploring the hand in pencil, pointed pen and pointed brush.”

An active calligrapher and teacher, Catherine is an eight-time winner of the Graceful Envelope Contest, including one Best of Show. She also creates designs for Crane & Co. Stationery.

A very small number of spaces remain in this workshop, which will be held at the N.C. State University Club in Raleigh. Lunches and snacks are included. Members, $125; nonmembers, $160. There will be a $5 supplies fee for materials Catherine will bring for the class.

A Note from Catherine:
“I want to challenge you NOT to bring all your stuff. Bring what you own. Buy a few things if you do not have something of a similar nature. Pack light.

With that said, the list below is what I will be bringing with me. If you do not have the exact thing, please bring what you are comfortable with in that same category. Items marked with * – optional, are things that I enjoy and like having along. If you own them, bring them along. If you do not have them yet, then it is your choice to purchase before class OR wait to see their results and decide if they are of interest to you.”

Supply List
(The numbers after some items are John Neal Booksellers product codes. This list can also be found at JohnNealBooksellers.com. We will do a combined order with John Neal the week before the workshop to save on shipping. Call John Neal at 800-369-9598 to participate.)

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“Other usual tools and materials”

by Adrianne Proctor, VP-Programs, Feb 2017

At times, we mention “other usual tools and materials” in the meeting supply lists, so I came up with the list below. As you read it, don’t be alarmed: kind and helpful fellow members can probably help you fill in the blanks.

* Clean-up cloths (I pre-fold 15 or so paper towels, which are easy to grab.)
* Small water container that won’t tip over.
* If you’re using a dip pen (alternative to the Pilot Parallel pen), bring nibs and a straight (not offset) penholder (H39 from John Neal is priced well at $1.70).
* Black ink, such as Higgins Eternal (good beginner ink). Cut a hole in a kitchen sponge to seat your ink container. Or use a dropper to transfer ink a little at a time to a dinky dip (both also available from John Neal), seated safely in a sponge or holder (also available …).

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Brush Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush


By Eliza Schulte Holliday
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
February 24th & 25th, 2017

Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush:
It won’t be long before Eliza Schulte Holliday will be traveling here from Cholula, Mexico to teach our guild her 2-day workshop during the weekend of February 24th & 25th.

The La Quinta Inn here in Raleigh (2211 Summit Park Lane) has already been booked. Her flight has been paid for. So now all we need is you!

Eliza has written two books in collaboration with Marilyn Reaves, both on brush lettering. Her first book is “Brush Lettering: An Instructional Manual in Western Brush Calligraphy.” Her second is “The Lively Brush” and it comes with a DVD of 2 1/2 hours of pointed brush instruction. I have both books and will be studying them as well as watching the DVD to prepare myself.

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Modern Storybook Script Workshop

Kathy Milici

Kathy Milici

By Kathy Milici
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
November 5th and 6th, 2016

Modern Storybook Script:
This playful alphabet has FUN written all over it! This charming, casual, easy script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet. In this two-day workshop by Kathy Milici, you’ll first learn some of the tools of calligraphy and how to use them. Then you’ll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lower case letters, then upper case capitals. We’ll also examine letter endings, connectors, ligatures, numbers and punctuation. Strokes into letters, letters to words, words to sentences…and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that is so easy to make uniquely your own!

More info on Kathy Milici: 24 Karat Designs

La Quinta Inn, 2211 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh, 27612

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A Show of Hands 2016: Art Posters

A fairytale experience of attending the “Art of the Poster” Workshop

At the A Show of Hands 2016, International Calligraphy Conference

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It’s the SPARK

I should really write this article as a fairytale, for I felt like a little girl who became spellbound upon entering the magical world of my instructors, Randall Hasson and Mark Oatis.

If I had thoroughly googled them before I signed up for their class, I would have been terrified. As it stood, I just knew I’d be in the presence of two well-knowledged and well-known artists in their respective fields.

My list for choosing The Art of the Poster was clear. I wanted to take a class that would stretch me in every direction. I didn’t want something safe. I didn’t want to add to anything I already knew. I wanted to walk into the unknown and jump in head first.

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Making Signs the Trader Joe’s Way

Tim Zerkel, sign painter at Trader Joe’s
TCG program: March 12, 2016

Tim Zerkel, sign painter at Trader Joe's

Tim Zerkel

Have you noticed the signs at Trader Joe’s? They’re engaging, colorful and creative! And they’re great for selling stuff! At the March 12 meeting, we’ll learn how Tim Zerkel and his fellow Trader Joe’s staff members create the bright and engaging signs that customers find so captivating.

Tim will bring us our own version of the art materials that he modifies for a brilliant look and flexible application. He will demonstrate both markers and brushes, and we will each use markers to create our own sign. He’ll talk about how he preps boards and will bring each of us a reusable, primed 12 x 18 board, along with markers to share.

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Workshop by Amity Parks: A Sharp Pencil and Keen Eye

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TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
February 27 and 28, 2016, 9am – 5pm

Note: see below for Workshop Supply List

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In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks.
See more info in flyer: Sharp Pencil 2 day class: description

Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. She travels within the US and internationally, teaching workshops. For more information and artwork, Amity is on Facebook and has the website, www.amityparks.com.

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Graphite Workshop:

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Workshop by Anne Cowie: Paste Papers

TCG afternoon workshop:
February 20 2016, 1pm – 5pm

About Anne Cowie, Artist and Calligrapher:
Anne Cowie lives in Belmont, NC. Her professional training has been in painting and calligraphy. She teaches regionally in the Carolinas, has been on the faculty of Camp Cheerio, and will be teaching at the next international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands 2016, in Asheville. She is an active member of the Carolina Lettering Arts Society. Her undergraduate degree was in painting and drawing, and during the last thirty years she has studied calligraphy with John Stevens, Thomas Ingmire, Sheila and Julian Waters, Peter Thornton, and several other calligraphic artists. Her studio work also includes drawing, printmaking, handmade books, and various projects using hand-decorated papers.

Meeting: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshop: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (info on how to register, below)

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