Michael Clark’s unique work as a designer, calligrapher, commercial lettering artist, font designer, and teacher has influenced scribes around the world. There are few in the calligraphic community unfamiliar with his distinct design style as seen within his compressed and contemporized Roman letterforms; his unconventional use of Speedball nibs and marker pens; and his astonishing manipulation of the simple and often underrated draftsman’s ruling pen, as well as the newer, curved-edge ruling pens. Michael’s dedication to the lettering arts and the calligraphic community has been unwavering for decades – his stunning work an inspiration to students and peers alike.
He is one of our own—and he is in need of our help.
If you are new to this community, you can view Michael’s work in numerous publications, including Letter Arts Review, Print Magazine Annual, the Speedball Textbook, and his own current books, In a Lone Breath and No Day Without a Line (both available at John Neal Bookseller and Paper & Ink Arts). In addition to teaching throughout North America and at Roehampton, he has taught at several International Calligraphy Conferences. His groundbreaking work pays homage to those designers and calligraphers who influenced and encouraged him throughout his career. During his years as a layout editor for the Washington Calligraphers Guild, he has introduced the next generation of talent by enthusiastically featuring them in its journal, Scripsit.
Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, and sadly, the disease has robbed him of the ability to create the beautiful art for which he is known. Imagine still having design ideas running through your mind, yet your body is unable to hold a pen or make a meaningful mark upon the paper! Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative disease; and Michael struggles to do even simple tasks. His balance and movement have been affected. Parkinson’s has not only hampered his visual “voice,” but has also reduced his actual voice, making it difficult to talk and even swallow. Having been hospitalized recently, Michael has accrued significant medical bills. Even after insurance contributions and negotiating with providers, the remaining balance—coupled with the ongoing costs of his care—exceeds his ability to pay.
And that is where we, the calligraphic community, can engage to help. We are asking Michael’s friends, colleagues, and students for support. Any donation – even $5 – would be deeply appreciated and will go directly towards covering his medical expenses.
If you are unable to contribute, please consider sharing this fund’s goal and effort with others. Together we can broaden the outreach and make a difference for Michael during this time of upheaval in his life.
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