The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) meeting schedule for the 2019-2020 year is listed below. View the meetings page for the time, location and directions to the meeting. Please arrive fragrance-free out of respect for others with sensitivities.

*** The SCH Board is in the process of planning the meetings for 2020 – 2021 year. Depending on the Social Distancing rules in the Fall, meetings may be virtual. We hope to post the new meeting schedule in the late summer. The previous year’s schedule is shown below as an example of the kind of meetings we hold. ***

September 19, 2019

My Beach Calligraphy Journey with Andrew van der Merwe

South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe, has pioneered a new and very different form of calligraphy. In this slide show / lecture he will show and tell how it all began, how it affected his usual calligraphy practice and how it affected him spiritually.

The beach calligraphy is a wonderful enigma. As calligraphers we go to great lengths to make our work archival. We use pH neutral paper, expensive vellum, good pigments and even real gold but here is a form of calligraphy which, at first glance, looks like it has been carved in stone but is as fleeting as a shadow. Why do calligraphy which you know will be gone with the next wave? Why spend years exploring and developing it as an art form?

October 17, 2019

Vintage and Unorthodox Writing Tools with Katherine Malmsten

Katherine will talk about and demonstrate vintage tools, and add in unorthodox tools (like cotton pliers, etc.) Should be fun and get people to think out of the box.

November 21, 2019

Paper and Book Structure Weaving with Anne Bingham (This meeting will start at 6:30 pm.)

Anne will share her recent adventures in paper weaving and woven book structures. We’ll make a variety of models, learn about tools and tricks, and you will be inspired to create projects using your stash of decorated paper and calligraphy.

Bring your cutting mat, metal edge ruler, pencil, awl, craft knife, glue stick or double-sided tape, bone folder, and $3 for supplies.  

January 23, 2020 (Rescheduled to Fourth Thursday due to Snow Forecast)

Filigree Designs with Kathy Barker

Filigree, a highly ornamental design technique that gives a letter that WOW look, is actually simpler than it appears.  Basic repeated patterns, usually organic in nature, are used to fill in the spaces around and inside a letter.

Come to this program to learn how you can create a beautiful letter enhanced by filigree.  Easy sample sheets, inspiring historical examples and paper will be provided. Please bring a 0.5 mechanical pencil and a 005 Micron or other fine point pen (if possible red and blue would be best). $3 supply fee.

February 27, 2020 (Fourth Thursday)

Acanthus Leaves with Terri Kruger

Throughout history, the Acanthus has been a prominent and versatile design element, from calligraphy to carving, metalwork and architecture.

Terri will teach basic drawing, shading and coloring, from simple bud and leaf to border design, which can be used in lettering, embellishment, borders and illumination. Please bring: Pencil, eraser, drawing paper, ruler, colored pencils and (optional) 005 black Micron Pigma. $2.00 supply fee.

March 19, 2020 – CANCELLED

This meeting has been cancelled.

Fishbone Book with Nan Robkin and Announcement of 2020 – 2021 SCH Board Candidates

The Fishbone Book is fun to make, and easy to do. You just have to measure accurately! You will need to bring a pencil, eraser, craft knife and mat, metal edge ruler and a bone folder. The paper will be provided; it is white, so if you like you can bring a tool to add Asemic Writing before folding. Supply fee is $5, because it’s expensive paper.

April 16, 2020 – Rescheduled to be Online

Concourse Font  with Joey Grable

Joey Grable is a graphic designer and font maker based in Seattle, specializing in custom branding and logo design, marketing collateral design, and website experience design. On April 16th at 7PM, Joey will be presenting a new revival font design to the Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting guild on a YouTube Live Stream; there attendees will be able to ask/type any questions about his inspirations, font design, and the production process.

Concourse font is a robust display font designed by Joey Grable. It was inspired by Union Station in the historic district of Seattle, WA. It features sharp edges and bold personality, includes standard and discretionary ligatures, alternate and extended Latin character sets. It is perfect for use in short texts, print branding, and packaging.

Here is a link to where Joey will be live streaming:

Concourse Display font now available for purchase on Joey’s website shop. It’s $10, but with the coupon code WRITEON2020 it’s 50% off; $5 font.

May 21, 2020 – Online

Introduction to Social Media with Joey Grable via Zoom and Election of 2020 – 2021 SCH Board Members

Pick up your smartphone and join our Social Media 101 for Calligraphers class! Organized by JoAnne Ovenell and Joey Grable, they will walk you through the basics from signing up for your own Instagram account, ensuring your privacy and security, and will give you the motivation and tools to explore the world of Calligraphy online.

Please download the following handouts for reference during the program.

Instagram Homepage
Instragram Profile
Instagram Post