June 15th, 2024

Ten Years of Lettering in Portland with LetterPDX

Ten years ago, I had a dream to see Portland lettering folks bring some of their work together once a month, talk shop, and share their experience with friends. This was the catalyst that sparked the formation of The Portland Lettering Collective.

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October 26th, 2023

The Whistle: A Reflection on Calligraphy Performances

A couple of weekends ago, my friend Holly asked if I’d come and write some names for people while she hosted an open studio. Holly is more than capable of writing names herself, but she’d be busy sharing her work and talking to visitors throughout the afternoon. It was an opportunity to repay her friendship and encouragement over the years, so I was excited to take a few hours out of my Saturday and share my love of writing once more. I’ve been mulling it over in my head for a few days now, and I feel compelled to express to all of you the difficult but magical experience that sharing your calligraphy as a performance can be.

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October 12th, 2023

ES 2022 Nameplate Showcase

The Nameplate Project

In a continuation of the DIS Tradition, these DIS Engrosser’s Script students were tasked with penning a nameplate to be “engraved” and hung on the door of their first engrossing studio in a make-believe scenario that encourages each Dreamer to imagine themselves pursuing the pen as a living. The general format, layout, and sizing of each nameplate is established by the directions in the lessons, but students are encouraged to let their individuality and artistry shine through in their selection of a personalized tagline and use of artistic ornamentation (if they see fit!)

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August 3rd, 2023

Dreaming in Script Graduation Ceremony 2023

Thank you to those of you who joined us on Friday July 28th for the 2023 Dreaming in Script Graduation Ceremony.

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