|Founded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is a nonprofit organization of 550 U.S. and international lettering artists of all skill levels, from professional scribes to enthusiastic beginners and non-calligraphers who appreciate the lettering and book arts.
Holiday Card Exchange!
All skill levels can participate; the card exchange is to celebrate
shared interest in calligraphy. Renew your calligraphy friendships
and make new ones! Some participants send their cards in
December and some like to send their cards in January.
Traditionally, about 30 calligraphers participate. You can choose
to send to everyone on the list, or to just half of the
After the December 1, 2014 sign-up deadline has passed,
everyone will receive an e-mail list by December 2 of the
with whom they will be exchanging cards.
If you’d like to participate, send an email to Phyllis Ingram with the following information by
December 1, 2014:
– Your name and address
– If you would like to send to all participants or only half
– If you will be sending your cards after Jan. 1
The word calligraphy comes from
the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring
to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the elegant
letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age
of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but
it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art,
the creative expression of the written word.
New Scripsit: Contemporary Book Arts
Nine contemporary book artists are featured in Scripsit Vol. 36, No. 1 (2014): David McGrail,
Carol Barton and
Susan Smith. Along with 36 pages of color images, editor/designer Michael Clark provides explanations from the artists about their techniques and design processes. How to order
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Last updated on November 21, 2014 by the Washington
P.O. Box 3688, Merrifield, VA 22116
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