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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Dan Mooney: Gilding Workshop

The gilded letter 'C' from Dan Mooney's workshop

The gilded letter ‘C’ from Dan Mooney’s workshop

TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
September 26 and 27, 2015, 8am – 5pm

Dan Mooney of Boston will be coming to teach us a workshop on the illuminated and decorated letter. Dan is well known for his gold work and tooling of gold. Visit his website to see some of his beautiful illumination artwork, at www.scribedan.com.
Dan Mooney resides in Quincy, Massachusetts; where he practices his passion as a calligrapher, cartographer and lettering artist.

Gilding Workshop:

Note: see below for Workshop Supply List
Playing with 24K gold… It doesn’t get any better than this!
This 2-day workshop will focus on some fun, hands-on, small projects and one 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 foolproof tips under your belt to always be ready to add a sparkle to your work.

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Elizabeth Porcher Jones: Wedding Calligraphy

TCG Workshop: September 13, 2014

We’re excited that Elizabeth Porcher Jones is coming to our Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild meeting on September 13, 2014, to kick off our new meeting year of 2014-2015. She will share her experiences serving Charleston as one of their premiere Wedding Calligraphers. In our guild meeting, she will be giving a presentation about some of the weddings she has worked in Charleston, sharing the ins and outs of weird materials used, what she does onsite at events, etc. This will be from 10am-1pm.

After the meeting, from 2pm-5pm, Elizabeth is offering a workshop loosely titled “Wedding Calligraphy: Finding Your Own Style.” Those of you who have done wedding envelopes for family and friends probably have a lot of questions you’d like to ask Elizabeth! Now’s your chance. “How do I line envelopes?” “What inks are good?” “What do I charge?” etc. If you are thinking about doing wedding calligraphy as a business, or even just for fun, we have this wonderful opportunity to learn from someone who has worked at it for years and is very successful. I encourage you to take this fabulous opportunity to learn from her.

The supplies you will need for this workshop are minimal – a bag lunch (to make sure you eat after the regular meeting), your favorite pointed pen, ink (she loves McCaffery’s Indigo Blue and Ziller acrylics), an empty dinky dip with a dropper (to try her inks), white soapstone pencil (probably found at sewing stores), and a 1′ T-square. No slant boards needed.

The fee for this 3-hr workshop is $30.

.. 2014-08-18, by our VP, Kerr Pelto, of Kerrlligraphy

Reggie Ezell: 26 Seeds — a year-long workshop in 2014

Reggie Ezell’s “26 Seeds” workshop, hosted by TCG in 2014 — Students’ Area (password access)

The Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild is excited to announce that we will be hosting Reggie Ezell’s workshop: “26 Seeds: A Year to Grow”.

We would like to invite all of our Calligrafriends to join us for this fabulous year-long workshop. Please note, space is limited to 20 seats which are open to all on a first come – first serve basis.

All interested in attending should visit Reggie Ezell’s webpage for more information regarding this yearlong workshop. Any questions should be directed to Jessica Yee, Workshop Coordinator.

Come and join us as we take this wonderful journey with Reggie and the Triangle Calligraphers Guild to learn and explore together.

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Our former president, Don King, on TV

Don King talks about his calligraphic life in this Tarheel Traveler Epsiode from August 21st, 2013.
Watch the video here:



Book of Kells free to view online

The Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, made a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day gift to the world.
The Book of Kells can now be viewed online for free.

Click on the image! Enjoy!


Book of Kells


White Vine Illumination

Look at this nice White Vine Illumination and how vivid the colors still are after 900 years. You can also see the holes that were punched in with a stylus to mark where the baselines should be drawn.
Tuscany, 1150, New Testament, Parchment.
Perkins Library at Duke University, NC.

Sheila Waters commented on this:
“Interesting to see the Q tail going out to the left – the perfect answer. In this case it was done for an obvious reason. The O part is in a box, the text wraps around and there is no room for the tail. I think that a tail going to the left in other situations would look unfamiliar and a bit odd, so it depends on the overall design of the context.”