Workshop: Weaver Writing

Weaver Writing, with Bill Kemp

A one-day workshop on Mar 11th, 2023 – open and free to all TCG members.

This workshop will be from 10 am to 4 pm, on zoom only, and it will be taking the place of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Zoom will be available to log on at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The meeting will be recorded and available in the members portal of the website for 30 days.

Please see student workbook provided by Bill Kemp in the Members’ Downloads section of the website.

Workshop Details

Supply List

  • Oblique Pen holder with a stiff nib such as Nikko G
  • Smooth, translucent writing paper such as Borden and Riley Marker Layout. Bill will be using Rhodia
  • Walnut Ink or smooth flowing ink of your preference
  • Printed Guide sheet from the Student Workbook: The Student Workbook is available as a PDF on the Member Downloads section of our website. For learning, sometimes it is helpful to just print several copies of the guide sheets on high quality copy paper. A good choice is HP Premium 32 lb
  • Lightbox if you do not print the guide sheets directly on your paper

Class Schedule

General welcome
Guild announcements from Robin
Instructions for asking questions and keeping profile muted on Zoom
Introduction of Bill by Kymberly

Pointed Pen warm-up exercises
Background/Story/History about Gwen Weaver
General characteristics of the script and beginning instruction on the letter forms
Student Questions – Submitted through the chat feature in Zoom

Break for lunch

Respond to questions
Finish instruction on letter forms
Discuss how to handle tricky double letters (especially those f, s, g, y ascender and descenders)
Perhaps write a quote together, discuss layout issues

General questions
Class work share

About Bill Kemp

A calligrapher for over 40 years, Bill’s great love is the pointed pen, and his hand is truly that of a master! A personal student of the great penmen Bill Lily, Michael Sull, and Mike Kesceg. Bill now teaches nationally and internationally. While a variety of examples of Weaver writing can be found on the internet, Bill worked personally with the late Gwen Weaver and brings us an accurate exemplar of her intended script. A gallery of his work can be viewed at (The above image is taken from Bill’s website). Bill resides in New Mexico where he is active with his local guild, and we are honored to host an instructor of his caliber.

Bill Kemp in Calligraphy Crush magazine article.

Bill Kemp’s website:


P.S. This class presumes a comfort level with the oblique pen holder and a pointed pen nib. Bill will not teach the basics of preparing the nib, proper nib angle, or holding a pointed pen. For those who have not used these materials before, please see some instruction sheets provided by Ian Searle, on the tips and tutorials section of our Members Downloads page. This was sourced from the Facebook group Copperplate Script for All. Weaver is written at a different angle, but this will provide the basics for practicing with pointed pen. I highly recommend this Facebook site for a number of instructional ideas and practice files.

– from K.A. and R.G.

Workshop: Offhand Flourishing

Offhand Flourishing Workshop, with David Grimes 

A two-day workshop on Feb 4th – 5th, 2022

Offhand Flourishing is an ornamental branch of the pen arts performed with carefree spontaneity and confident movement. The flourishes—often based on penmanship’s intersection with the natural world—are excellent additions to lettering-based calligraphic works, or may stand on their own as specimens of pen art.

See below for registration info and online payment link.

Also see David Grimes’ (masgrimes) self-study program “Offhand Flourishing” on his website.

In this workshop, students will learn:

  • The fundamentals of how to hold the straight pen in the offhand position.
  • Throwing strokes from the elbow with arm movement.
  • Several easy strokes that can be repeated at varying scales to create offhand designs.
  • A number of offhand motifs with varying degrees of difficulty such as: a 60-second bird design, simple quills, and strokes for ornamenting text lettering.

Offhand Flourishing requires a modest amount of coordination to produce well, but this workshop will impart some excellent habits that can help any student who does not feel graceful with their pen to develop confidence of movement with time and practice. This workshop is suitable for beginners to the pointed pen.

Workshop Details
 – all events are held at the Cary Art Center

The guild will welcome David at an Artist Reception on Friday February 3rd from 7-9pm.  This event is open to the public.

The workshop is available to Guild members only and will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th with an hour lunch break.  


Registration opens December 12th and closes on January 9th

The cost to attend is $175.00.

To make an online payment: click here for Paypal registration

Or to send your payment through the mail, send a check to The Triangle Calligraphers Guild, through our treasurer, Luann Bacchi.

A supply list will be emailed to registered participants in early January.

Please direct any questions to Kymberly Arana.

About David Grimes

David Grimes is an American penman and calligrapher with a zealous interest in penmanship history. His work is deeply rooted in the traditions of the American penmen and engrossers of the 20th century. His aim is to preserve the heritage of American Penmanship, promote innovation among contemporary practitioners, and encourage others to higher levels of accomplishment in the Art of Writing.

Workshop: The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers

The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers, with Patti Adams

A two-day workshop on Oct 8th – 9th, 2022

Patti Adams will be with us teaching The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers in-person for the usual morning session from 10-1 p.m., then continue as an afternoon workshop, 2:00-5:00 p.m., and as an all-day workshop on Sunday the 9th, 9 am – 4pm.

See below for registration info and online payment link.

Patti Adams’ “The Angel”

Patti Adams describes this special workshop:

Creativity is something that requires nourishment. One of my favorite books about creativity is by the great dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. There are so many quotes in this book that resonate with me: “In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative. No one can give you your subject matter, your creative content; if they could, it would be their creation and not yours. But there’s a process that generates creativity – and you can learn it. And you can make it habitual.” In this workshop, my goal is to share with you my creative process; how I have learned to make it a habit in my daily life.

My sketchbooks have always been a safe place for experimentation and reflection. No deadline is involved. There are no expectations – a sketchbook is a place free from pressure – from you or the client! It is a place to store ideas and inspiring visuals, whether it be a painting, a piece of fabric, a flower or a feather. It can be a place to constantly hone your skills, whether it be with a new lettering style or calligraphic hand.

Most importantly, a sketchbook beckons you to come and play – a vitally important part of creativity – making time to make marks on the page. In fact, most of my commissioned artwork begins on the pages of a sketchbook. The seed of an idea takes root there and grows into something I could not have imagined otherwise.

The great Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use creativity up. The more you use it, the more you have.” Our days can be filled with daily, repetitive or mundane tasks (the dishes, the bills, the chores, our work routines…) that can deaden our ability to create, leaving us feeling frustrated and sapped of our creative juices. For me, the best preventative for this is to make time for play in the pages of my sketchbook. In fact, whenever I get in a grumpy funk, my husband will suggest: “Maybe you need to go to the coffee shop with your sketchbook…” LOL! And it always works. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed, even if I only have fifteen minutes to spare in my jam-packed day.

In this workshop, I will lead you through a series of exercises designed to boost your creativity and cultivate inspiration as a calligrapher. I will share with you ways to overcome creative blocks in your work and give you exercises that will jumpstart the habit of creativity.

We will:

      • Explore different color palettes and mediums
  • Experiment with collage and a variety of tools to strengthen line and texture in our work
  • Create unusual and compelling layout designs with our favorite calligraphic hands
  • Play with experimental hand lettering styles
  • Discuss ways to find inspiration and how to make time for your daily creative practice
  • And much more…


There is no cost for the morning guild session portion of the workshop. The workshop payment of $150 is for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday full-day sessions. All will be in-person sessions.

To register for the workshop, payment may be made through the Patti Adams’ Creative Sketchbook PayPal link  or by sending a check to Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild via Luann Bacchi at 7105 Havenwood Drive, Raleigh, NC. 27616.

Please note, if you are not currently a member and would like to sign up for this workshop, please become a TCG member, see TCG membership PayPal link.

Italic Lively Letters

Italic Lettering, with Connie Furgason

A two-part workshop on Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Connie Furgason will be with us teaching Italic Lettering via Zoom for the usual morning session from 10-1 p.m., and an afternoon workshop, 1:30-4:30 p.m., on her Italic Lively Letters and a hint of watercolor work.


Morning Session, Italic Lettering

Our monthly morning meeting, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for all members, on Zoom only!

Whether you are starting from the beginning or are very familiar with italic and want to brush up on your skills, you will find what you need in this class. Even as “seasoned” calligraphers we sometimes miss small details which can make or break the elegance of our lettering. We will take basic italic and, with some small nuances, create a gentle dance in your lettering.

Afternoon Workshop Session, Italic Lively Letters

This workshop will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., on Zoom

Connie will be teaching her dancing Italic with a splash of watercolors on the side.  We will take the basic italic alphabet and with variations to different elements of the letters, we will create texture, contrast, as well as adding a “dance” to the alphabet.


There is no cost for the morning guild session.

The afternoon workshop session is $25.00 per member, and since we are on Zoom, there is an unlimited number of seats available for this class! All interested will be included.

To register for the workshop, payment may be made through the Connie Furgason Workshop Paypal link or by sending a check to Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild via Luann Bacchi at 7105 Havenwood Drive, Raleigh, NC. 27616.

Please note, if you are not currently a member and would like to sign up for this workshop, please become a TCG member, see paypal membership payment.

All students are encouraged to practice from the preliminary exemplars in advance of the class which will help prepare the students for the workshop: handouts at Member Downloads page.

Supply List

Favorite practice pad, pencil, ruler

Favorite Ink: Sumi, Higgins Eternal, Pelikan 4001, walnut… whatever your preference. You may work in gouache if you prefer.

Pen Nib Size: Speedball C1,2 and 3 or equivalent size in another brand. I like the flexibility of the Speedball nibs when doing variations of italic.


About Connie Furgason

Connie Furgason was raised on a farm in southern Alberta where her love of nature and the vastness of the prairie is expressed in her work. Her mother was an accomplished artist, gardener and creative soul.

She grew up with the scent of turpentine as her mother painted long into the night after she and her three brothers were asleep. Those influences sent Connie in many artistic directions. She started teaching calligraphy and related arts in 1982. Connie travels across Canada and the US teaching for guilds, private studios and has been part of the faculty at several international lettering arts conferences.

Connie loves the written word and uses her own text in her work expressing it through a variety of different mediums including watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. Her work has been published by art distribution companies and her originals have found many lovely new homes in Canada and the US.

She loves sharing a variety of art techniques with students of all levels and seeing the joy experienced as they discover their own artist within. She loves the prairie, the mountains, the ocean and especially the gift of her four children and four grandchildren. Currently, she lives in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, just 45 minutes from the Rocky Mountains, with her husband Kevin (another creative soul).”

“Find joy daily in the simple offerings…in the splendour of nature, cherished moments with family and friends and the enchanted pathways waiting to be discovered as art exploration expands our view of what lies at our feet. Words by Connie

Fundamental Flourishes

Copperplate Flourishing, with Pat Blair

A two-day weekend workshop: Sat and Sun, Nov 13th and 14th, 2021

The Triangle Calligraphy guild is pleased to welcome Pat Blair for an in-person workshop on November 13th and 14th.

Pat served for 12 years as the Chief Calligrapher at the White House, past president of the Washington Calligrapher Guild and chairperson of the Graceful Envelope contest.

She has taught at over ten international conferences and has been awarded the title Master Penman by IAMPETH.


Pat will be teaching fundamental flourishing strokes to the whole guild during our normal meeting time, Saturday morning, November 13th.
Members will leave knowing how to add flourished elements to their work and complete a decorative piece in class.

For those who wish to learn how to flourish Copperplate, a workshop will continue through the afternoon from 2-5 at the church and all day Sunday from 9-4 at the Hampton Inn near PNC Arena.
Pat will be teaching multiple ascender and descender flourishes, flourished entry and exit strokes as well as modified capitals. You will leave the workshop with a finished, flourished quote of your choice. A working knowledge of Copperplate or another pointed pen script is needed to enjoy this workshop.

When and Where

Saturday, Nov 13: Resurrection Lutheran Church: 2 -5 pm

Sunday, Nov 14: Hampton Inn near PNC Arena: 9 – 4 pm


Registration for guild members is open through Sept 31st, non-guild members may register beginning October 1st. Registration will close on October 25th. An email detailing workshop logistics and supplies will be sent to participants once registration closes. Feel free to send any questions about the workshop to Kymberly Arana at 919-244-1084 or

There is no cost for the morning guild session. The workshop cost is $125.00 and is limited to 16 participants so Pat is able to give individualized feedback.

To register for the workshop, payment may be made through this Paypal link or by sending a check to Luann Bacchi.

Secrets of the Swelling Line and Yalloplate

Copperplate Workshop with Rachel Yallop

example 3 of Rachel Yallop' copperplate variations


The workshop will be held on Zoom, Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, 2021. It will start at 9am EST each day and last approximately three hours each day.

Rachel will teach her own beautiful style of copperplate, starting with a more formal hand and moving into lots of variations.

The cost of the workshop is $60 USD for TCG members, $90 for non-members.

NOTE: A recording will be available to participants for one month after the workshop.

REGISTER: Registration is now closed.


  • Pointed nib. I use Gillott 303 or Hunt 101 nibs. (Whatever pointed nib you are comfortable with)
  • Pen holder – straight, or angled/oblique if preferred.
  • Free-flowing ink or gouache. I use Pelikan 4001 and Schmincke calligraphy gouache.  (Again, whatever you are comfortable with – red & black if you want to use Rachel’s favorite color scheme )
  • Paper: I use marker or layout paper. Rhodia is particularly good.  ( You need a good smooth paper that won’t bleed)

To learn more about Rachel Yallop, visit her website Rachel Yallop, or follow Rachel Yallop on Instagram .

Samples of Rachel Yallop’s copperplate variations:
example 2 of Rachel Yallop' copperplate variations

example 1 of Rachel Yallop' copperplate variations

Botanical Embellishments for Calligraphy

by Catherine Langsdorf

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:50am – 1:45pm  
or  Sunday, October 25, 2020, 9:50am – 1:45pm

A Zoom workshop to explore Calligraphic Flourishes and Decorative Florals

Learn how to use a modern, pointed brush marker and artist fineliner pens to build up floral designs. Learning how to use and exploit the flexibility of a pointed brush on botanical embellishments will train the calligrapher’s hand for various alphabets. These details can be used in journals, cards, envelopes, and frame-able art. These skills will give you an understanding of important calligraphic skills.

All levels welcome. The Zoomshop version will have three components, with students working along with the instructor to complete two projects.

We will begin at 9:50am and end by 1:45pm, with a short morning break and a longer lunch break.

Catherine Langsdorf is an accomplished and active calligrapher and teacher.  You can find out more about her by visiting these websites:

Example of Catherine’s brush lettering and decorations on an envelope

Lively Letters 

with Julie Wildman

March 7 – 8, 2020

Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Knowledge of at least one or two calligraphic hands is suggested.) Contact us to register and send your $75 deposit (or $150 full fee), plus $15 materials fee.

The goal of this class is to get intermediate and advanced calligraphers to free up their lettering, and to tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person. From monoline to brush, traditional to funky, we will explore new ways to bring life to your lettering.

Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools students will be led through a series of exercises that will focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, and the negative space that is created.

Principles of design will be used as we discuss where the next letter or word should go, what makes a pleasing composition, and where and when to apply color. We will work with black on white, white on black, walnut inks, watercolors, paint and gel pens, different papers, and create a variety of unusual tools to make great letters and marks. Prepare to loosen up and have a “wild” time!   To register, please email Harriet Davis at for information.

Watch her work in action – Carried Lyric Video – where Julie “brings the lyrics to life!”

For more examples of her award-winning design and lettering work, and to check out her calendar of workshops, visit Julie’s website:

Brush lettering samples by Julia Wildman

Brush lettering samples by Julia Wildman

merton - Brush lettering samples by Julia Wildman

Merton – Brush lettering by Julia Wildman


Gilding the Lily

with Dan Mooney

TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend

November 16 and 17, 2019


[After four years of long anticipation, TCG members once again get a chance to play with gold, to continue from the last workshop we had with Dan Mooney, on Sept 26/27, 2015: see our previous blog post: Dan Mooney, the Gilding Workshop.

by Kerr Pelto:

Dan is well known for his gold work and tooling of gold as well as his beautiful painting and calligraphy. If you want to see some of his work, visit his website:

Some of you will remember his TCG sponsored workshop here in 2015. After that weekend, I felt like I could actually work with real gold. Dan is an excellent teacher, he took us step by step through the process of gilding and painting, and we each completed a beautiful project. Of course, he has a different project in mind for this workshop!

by Harriet Davis, Nov 21 2019:

Dan showed us how to gild his fleur-de-lis design and then how to use watercolors to paint the acanthus leaves surrounding it. There were many beautiful color interpretations. I heard lots of positive comments – and Dan told me he had a great time, too.

Gilded letter, Dan Mooney Workshop 2015, by Harriet Davis


A workshop on illuminated and decorated letters

The Nov 2019 workshop will focus on some fun, hands-on small projects and one lavish finished piece to get you familiar with the joy of using gold leaf. You will have no more fear or uncertainties of how to use gold leaf effectively. You will walk away from this workshop with confidence and dependable tips under your belt to always be ready to add a sparkle to your work.

You will have a blast creating a finished piece learning fool proof techniques of gilding using Jerry Tresser’s pink size as a base along with raised gilding using instacoll as a base. After you’ve applied the gold leaf, you will learn to tool the gold to enhance it and make it come alive. After the gold is applied, you will learn some basic watercolor techniques and tips to use on the finished piece you’ll be creating.

You will also observe Dan demonstrate the technique of using hand made gesso as a base for raised gilding, polishing the gesso and then polishing the 24K gold leaf to achieve a perfect mirror finish.
CLASS LEVEL: For beginners as well as advanced.


Item numbers shown are from John Neal Bookseller


(S478) Ball burnisher-stylus with 2 tips (sharp and ball)

also for extra sharp point is (S255) bookbinders awl – TCG has some of these we can share

(S620) Clear Dappen Dish (critical)

(I38) Dr, Martins Bleed Proof White ink


Misc. that you probably already have:

Dawn Detergent (dish foam if possible)  TCG will supply this to share

(S464) plastic triangle

straight pen holder and a pointed nib (like Nikko)

mixing pallet for watercolors (a flat dish is fine)

(M17) Pigma micron marker size 005 or 01 or a similar technical pen with waterproof ink for thin lines.

Reading glasses!

professional water colors, (any green, blue, red & yellow)

light box or autograph pad with an extension cord

A light, not critical but you’ll be glad you have one. (I use the compact portable lamp from John Neal)

2H pencil or mechanical lead holder

paper towels

Q-tips or blending sticks,/stumps from smudging pencil

water jar

distilled water and eyedropper (critical)

toothpicks for stirring instacoll

white eraser

watercolor brush size 1 with a good point! (BR47) Kolinsky 8408 is great!

drafting tape or drafting dots

Dan will supply all of the 140# hot pressed watercolor papers, tiny brushes, sheets of 24k gold leaf, Instacoll size, Pink Tressor size, miniatum ink and more.

About Dan Mooney:

Dan lives in Harwich Port, Cape Cod, MA and has been playing with pens and gold for over 40 years. Dan is Vice President of Colonial Land Surveying Co., Inc., Past-President of Masscribes, Inc. (New England Calligrapher’s Guild) and past President of Colonial Calli-Graphics, L.L.C.

Dan’s work has been published in Letter Arts Review, Bound and Lettered; and a colorful published work entitled “Your God” was included in the beautiful coffee table book, Nice Rendition: Cheryl Wheeler’s Lyrics in Calligraphy.

Dan received further intercontinental fame with a commission in 2017 to create nine intricate maps for the book With Their Bare Hands written by Gene Fax, published in Great Britain by Osprey Publishing.

Dan enjoys sharing his passion and teaching gilding workshops throughout the country.

All images by Dan Mooney

Map Your Space

Annie Cicale of CLAS presented both a program on maps and mapmaking on Friday evening, Oct. 4, at NC State Crafts Center in Raleigh, and a two-day weekend workshop, Map Your Space, hosted by TCG on Oct. 5 and 6. The workshop was presented by CLAS and hosted by TCG.

Map Your Space, a Presentation by Annie Cicale

October 4, 2019
Hors d’oeuvres at 6:00pm, Presentation at 7:00pm
NC State University Crafts Center
210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
Parking is free and located in the deck across the street

Map Your Space program, with Annie Cicale, hosted by NC State University Crafts Center, Carolina Lettering Arts Society, and Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild.


MAP YOUR SPACE, a map design workshop



Fundamentals of map design will lead you to basic design skills, while thinking about many kinds of maps, from geographical depictions to imaginative maps of places unknown.

With GPS and Google Maps, you might think mapmaking skills are no longer needed, but a handmade map can be a treasure. In this workshop we will talk about the many kinds of maps and then learn ways to make them. We’ll talk about the different information included on maps, see some historical versions that might surprise you, and think about how we engage with the territory.

You’ll choose a topic and then learn some cartographic techniques. You can make a camera-ready version of your space or you can make a fine painterly map to hang on a wall. Those Tolkien maps of Middle Earth can’t be found on your smart phone, and you too might want to design a map of your own imaginary space.

What kind of maps can you imagine making? It is easy to think of a map to your home or a wedding, or a map that captures a trip you have taken. There are also mind maps that display ideas arrayed around a central concept. What about a pair of hiking boots with “scars” from different hiking trails? Or an artist’s apron with splotches of paint from diverse projects? Or even a favorite pizza with information about the assorted ingredients?

We will review the letterforms you know, adapting them to various places on your maps, from simple place names to complicated titles. We’ll learn some of the cartographic traditions to make your map accessible and reliable for your audience, whether it is a map to your house from the airport, a map to a wedding reception or a map of a fantastic place you made up yourself. The emphasis will be on learning the skills needed to make a map – with a bit of fun thrown in as well!

In preparation for our weekend’s work, Annie is offering a Friday evening slide show.

A preview of things to come, the discussion will set the stage

for an interesting and enjoyable learning experience.

** All levels of experience are welcome. Come as you are. **

Annie's map of John Campbell Folk School

Annie’s map of John Campbell Folk School


  • Pencils (mostly an HB, if that’s your favorite)

  • Eraser(s)

  • Basic calligraphy supplies, including broad edged, pointed and monoline pens. We’ll use the monoline for small writing; you can use a roller ball or other favorite small instrument.

  • Ink: your favorite basic black, or walnut, or color

  • Gouache if you prefer to work in color, with palette, gum Arabic, a few mixing brushes and appropriately sized paint brushes

  • Tracing paper

  • Graphite transfer paper if you have some (Annie will demonstrate how to make your own.)

  • Optional: colored pencils and/or watercolors

  • Scissors and X-acto knife or snap-off craft knife

  • Cutting mat for X-acto

  • Glue stick, such as UHU (the yellow one)

  • Old phone book or catalog for pasteup

  • Road atlas or map of places you might want to use as a source for your map, or sketches and photos of an imaginary place

  • Good rag paper if you want an original frameable map, and/or other papers you might want to try. Annie will be bringing some paper for parts of the projects, so just bring what you think you might want. If you are making a map that is just going to be photocopied, you can work on good tracing paper or 100% rag paper designed for drafting, available from Annie.

About Annie:

The world of books and writing has captivated Annie since she was a child. After a short career as a chemical engineer, she turned to the visual arts, specializing in calligraphy, painting, printmaking and drawing.

The visual qualities of writing became her focus when she discovered the expressive power of calligraphic forms. She brings visual expression to words to expand their meaning, using both abstract and illustrative imagery. She is fascinated with the visual nature of text on paper, working in both traditional and contemporary ways.

With an MFA in graphic design, she teaches lettering, drawing and painting for calligraphers throughout the United States and Canada, in Japan, Spain and Australia, as well as at most of the international calligraphy conferences. Travels to Europe and Asia have expanded her visions of the calligraphic form. She has had numerous one-person exhibits in Montana, Tennessee, Illinois and North Carolina.

Her work has been included in many calligraphic publications, including Bound & Lettered and Letter Arts Review. Her artist’s books are in private and public collections, including Yale University. She is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, (revised in 2018). She was co-director of A Show of Hands 2016, the 35th international calligraphy conference, held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina.

Her interest in maps came from her love to travel, finding that she is often the navigator with a map in her hand. A course in cartography completed the circle, and she began designing maps for clients, as well as assigning map projects to her college students. These highly inventive maps fueled her interest in teaching mapmaking to others.


For a fascinating book on maps in general, look for MapHead, by Ken Jennings.

It’s a delightful history of all kinds of maps, with many insights and some clever jokes.

To date, Jennings is the ‘winningest’ Jeopardy contestant of all time, which means

he brings a great amount of intriguing trivia to this discussion.

Note: Map and description of workshop are from the CLAS website. For more info,  please see: