Seattletters 2018 International Calligraphy Conference

The historical campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA

When I heard the 2018 International Conference will be in Seattle, WA, my first reaction was, “When can I register?” :) I’ve never been to Seattle and have always wanted to visit. The conference is on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, about two hours North of Seattle, but it’s a great chance to visit the city after the conference.

When class assignment was announced, I was really happy to get my first choice – Italic Variations with Diane von Arx. I’ve been working hard on improving my Italic Hand, so the chance to study with Diane was on the top of my list!

Diane personalized a folio for each student. My work sheets are in the background.
Playing with Italic variations and textures.

I really enjoyed learning from Diane. She encouraged us all to try different elements to create variations in Italic Hand – using a small nib with a tall x-height, using a large nib with a small x-height, and so on. The practice above creates different textures and create visual interest. I ended up purchasing an Automatic Pen from John Neal Bookseller’s popup shop and used it for the large Italic-style block above. Isn’t it a cool effect?

Speaking of JNB, how awesome is their popup shop? It was in the Library and in a beautiful hall.

On the first night, Sir Donald Jackson gave a talk about his journey to becoming a calligrapher as well as his work on the St. John’s Bible. It was most inspiring and illuminating. We were able to view all 7 books of the Heritage Edition on display!

Sir Donald Jackson during his talk.
St. John’s Bible on display.

As a participant, one of my absolute favorite events is the Faculty Demo. I was able to capture 16 teachers before a fire alarm interrupted us! It wasn’t anything serious, but firefighters had to inspect the building for safety, and the faculty demo night was cut short ;(

One week flew by, and we all worked hard towards Show & Share on the last day. Each class has a table set up with everyone’s projects, and we all walk around admiring the beautiful work from each class.

Last but not least, here I am at our classroom table.

We had the opportunity to take a group photo with Sir Donald Jackson as well as some more group photos!

Me, Sunny, JB, Mr. Jackson, Devina, and Elyse
Calligra-friends! Elyse, Sunny, Megan, Joy, me, JB, and Devina

I had a great time at Seattletters. See you all next near for Rendez-vous in Montreal, QC, Canada!

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