January 24th, 2017 by David Grimes
James Fazz Farrell is a calligraphy artist and teacher of Spencerian and Roundhand from Buckinghamshire, England. His work was first called to my attention in 2015, by a student who had begun to study online with James through video calls on Skype. Those of you who have taken workshops or lessons with me know the high regard in which I hold James and his outstanding writing ability, and it is my most sincere honor to be able to share this interview with all of you so that we might better know the man behind the pen. You can find James and his work on his site, at www.jamesfazzfarrell.blogspot.it, or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/james_fazz_farrell.
December 19th, 2016 by David Grimes
Edward Curran is a calligrapher and up-and-coming pen maker from Bedfordshire, England whom I had the incredibly fortunate opportunity to become friends with during the IAMPETH Conference in the summer of 2015. Edward is an Irishman, through and through, and our friendship stems from our mutual affection for the pen as well as his incredible patience with this thing I do where I adopt the accent of anyone I meet (Thanks for putting up with me, Ed!). You can find out more about Edward and his work on his site, at www.currancalligraphy.co.uk, or on Instagram at instagram.com/curran_calligraphy.
December 15th, 2016 by David Grimes
What makes someone a ‘qualified’ teacher?
Some of you may know, well before I was a calligrapher, I coached swim, parkour, and eventually gymnastics. I’ve been a coach my entire adult life, and while I like to think that I’m finally getting the hang of it, I definitely didn’t start out that way.
December 1st, 2016 by David Grimes
Last night, I had the unique opportunity to demonstrate my love of Engrosser’s Script alongside two of my incredible students, Mr. Brandon Bartell, and Mrs. Kimi Tang at a local art and design event and calligraphy demonstration hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
While my hands are still recuperating from four hours of non-stop as-fast-as-you-can writing, I hope to explain exactly why I think things like this are important for your writing progress, how you can seek them out, and ultimately how to organize them.
October 25th, 2016 by David Grimes
Joan Quirós is a graphic designer who specializes in custom lettering and calligraphy, and currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain. Over the last three years, I’ve kept a vigilant eye on Joan’s work as he grew into the formidable calligrapher that he is today. Luckily, he agreed to speak with me about his journey so that I may share it with you. You can find Joan and his work on his site, at www.joanquiros.com, or on Instagram at instagram.com/joanquiros.
October 21st, 2016 by David Grimes
If we’re going to talk about ritualizing practice, we really should cover what practice looks like. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of sitting down with a pen and burning through page after page of frustratingly poor script only to feel overwhelmed at the end of the a writing session. The truth is, while that kind of thing is sorta necessary at the beginning, it’s also something that you can move past early on. Putting mileage on your pen is certainly one way to improve, but is it the best way? I don’t think so.
August 14th, 2016 by David Grimes
One of my projects this year is learning to be more efficient in my study of Engrosser’s Script. To some, it may seem that the only way to improve your script is to sit down at the table and make marks on a page. And while I agree to some extent, there are deeper aspects to pursuing penwork, like becoming sensitive to what your body has to say about your writing on any day of the week.