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What's Already Happened!
1) pick a short quote, letter, word or if you want to take a drawing approach, a drawn image
Our meeting is inspired by an experiment done by Louis Lemoine. Click here for his website. After taking a class by Yves Letterme, Mr. Lemoine lettered his favorite word, magic, 101 different ways over 101 days. Here is a video of his experiment:
My name is Andrea Leshinskie. I first tried calligraphy in around 1983, mostly as a stubborn defiance to my appalling handwriting, which to be honest is a barely legible scrawl. Calligraphy, however, is drawing more than it is writing, and I gradually found it to be fun.
Monday, November 15th
West Hartford Library, 20 S Main St
Monday, September 20th
Monday June 21st
Click here to get your membership form to renew or join the CVC and if you bring your dues to this meeting, you'll receive a free x-acto blade holder and #10 blade (the kind of blade you need for making corrections).
Our membership year starts July 1 and we've reduced our dues to $20 per person or $25 per family this year. That's a mere $5 a meeting! Plus lots and lots of information on staying connected to calligraphic news and more.
Monday, March 15th
Here's what we did in 2009...
Monday, June 15th
Lorelei Chang grew up in Beijing, China as a professional dancer.
Besides her early age vigorous dance training, she also studied Chinese
calligraphy and continued her passion on both careers ever since then. At our meeting she will be discussing Chinese calligraphy & sharing samples of her work.
Monday, September 21st
Esther Glahn is a local calligrapher and watercolor artist raised in Austin, Texas and Petach Tikvah, Israel. Winner of the Francis Hook Award, Esther has been creating one-of-a-kind commissioned Judaica in watercolor and ink since 1988. She specializes in illumination of ketubot, Jewish marriage contracts.
Ms. Glahn will talk about ketubahs,
Presentation about Islamic Calligraphy by Elinor Holland
Elinor Holland of New York City, working on an educational panel at the
Calligraphy in Arabic Script: Lifting the veil
This will be an excursion out of our usual world of Roman letterforms. Imagine yourself in medieval Spain in the year 1100. The continent of Europe is in darkness but there is a great light shining in the Muslim lands to the south and east. A whole civilization is flourishing and from its pen flows the beautiful Arabic script. Translations of Greek philosophy and science, which later inspired the Renaissance, are being translated and copied in Arabic! Thousands of miles away, in Baghdad, a school of calligraphy is developing and forming the basis for the tradition of Arabic script calligraphy, which continues to this day.
This traditional art form is the highest form of art in Islamic culture and is an essential part of a civilization that exists from Morocco to Indonesia. The beauty of Arabic letterforms transcends culture and can be appreciated by all who view it. This lecture/slide show is meant as an introduction to those who have a little or a lot of exposure to this art. We will survey the important styles and developments and discuss method and materials, and view many beautiful masterpieces of calligraphy, with an emphasis on the great Ottoman tradition.
Elinor Aishah Holland is a professional lettering artist. Her passion and enthusiasm for calligraphy began during a visit to Istanbul as a teenager and has not ceased for many years. As a free lance lettering artist in Roman and Arabic scripts, her work includes all aspects of involvement with the art, including exhibiting, teaching, doing commercial and commission work. She has been a student of Master Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya for many years, and travels to Turkey for additional tutelage as often as possible. Ms. Holland has also studied with top teachers in the Western tradition as well, and continues to further her craft and knowledge of calligraphy and related book arts and illumination at every opportunity. She teaches, presents and exhibits throughout the US and Canada. Clients include the Smithsonian Institute, The NY Public Library, Clinton Global Initiative, NY Society of Scribes, Long Island University. She resides with her family in the suburbs of New York City.