This year’s gathering of calligraphers in Monrovia, California will be the third time I’ve ventured south to see my friends and enjoy the knowledge and company of my peers. Each time I’ve made the trip I’ve told myself: “This is a long way to go for just popping in for an afternoon.”, and I have regretted leaving as soon as my contribution was complete.
This year was different! I stayed for the whole weekend so that I could have more time to experience the event. I am so looking forward to spending time with DIS students, fellow professional penmen, and my penmaker friend, Chris Yoke, among many others.
Although the event has historically been run by Nina Tran and her friends, this year the leadership has been transitioned in-house to the Smitten on Paper team. Thanks to the promotion efforts of the event’s new organizers, the various calligraphers involved, and a generous feature in the Monrovia Weekly, the Calligrafair at Smitten on Paper pulled more attendees than ever before. It was an really fun weekend and I highly recommend the event to anyone looking to spend time with others in this field.
Here are a few pictures from over the weekend!