Introduction to Black Letter Calligraphy

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$ 70.00

June 20th, 2019 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Grendl Löfkvist
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: June 20th, 2019 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: June 20th, 2019 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Learn the origins, variations, and contemporary applications of the Gothic Textura script in this beginning-leve workshop, Black Letter Calligraphy. Practice using the broad-edged pen and learn to write a basic black-letter alphabet in this workshop designed for novices

Explore the traditional tools and materials used to write Textura by medieval monks and discuss the various options available to the modern-day scribe. Tackle different techniques using the broad-edged pen and emerge with the skills necessary to write a basic black-letter alphabet.

Handouts will be provided and lettering examples will be show to guide and inspire students in their future calligraphic endeavors.

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee (includes $15 materials fee): $70.00

Date & Time: Thursday, June 20, 2019 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Grendl Löfkvist

Grendl Löfkvist is an instructor in the Visual Media Design Department at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches the history of graphic design, book arts, calligraphy, and letterpress printing. She also offers a variety of courses here at the San Francisco Center for the Book, including Blackletter calligraphy, letterpress printing, and linoleum block printmaking. She is also a core instructor at Type@CooperWest(link sends e-mail), the West Coast iteration of New York's Cooper Union whose focus is on lettering and type design.
Grendl was a press operator for 13 years at Inkworks Press in Berkeley, a collectively owned, politically progressive offset printing company that just recently closed its doors. She does letterpress and printmaking work under the imprints of Red Star Media/Design and Cloven Hoof Press, and she is currently the President of the American Printing History Association's Northern California Chapter.
Her interests include the study of printing as a subversive “Black Art,” and she is always on the lookout for bizarre, unusual, or macabre print and type lore.

Past Student Reviews:

 [What did you like most about the workshop?] “The instructor’s knowledge of the craft as well as the history behind it. She threw in a lot of visuals along with explanations into her presentation, not only that but Grendl has a great sense of humor and feels very approachable. A quality I really value in an instructor as it helps me feel more comfortable to asking questions and opening up.”

“The class had a great variety, lecture with historical overview, demonstration, and a very informative hands on approach. Grendl is an incredible instructor, I'll have to take more of her classes.”

“Awesome workshop.”

$ 70.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States