The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded by Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students after a long alliance with the Society for Italic Handwriting in England. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting, one of the oldest calligraphy guilds in the United States.
Formed in 1969 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1973, we support Lloyd Reynolds’ vision: “Through study, understanding, and critical practice, let us promote this healthy arts and crafts movement.” PSC holds the following as its Core Values: Education, Inclusivity, Creativity, Integrity of Craft, Humility, Encouragement, Curiosity & Joy.
We offer an extensive workshop program aimed at all levels of skill. Our teachers include internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. We sponsor an annual weekend retreat during the month of February at the Menucha Retreat Center in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Guild also exhibits members’ artwork in an annual non-juried show.
Be sure to stay in touch with the Portland Society for Calligraphy because we have all the latest local events always posted. Here are few upcoming calligraphic and book arts events: The Passionate Pen, the 34th International Lettering Arts Conference will be held in Rohnert Park, California, July 25-August 1, 2015. Participants will gather to study the fine art of lettering, sharpen their technical and design skills, and renew their creative spirits. Registration opens July 25, 2014. To register or learn more about The Passionate Pen, use this link: www.the passionate pen.org. "Focus On Book Arts" Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon, June 24-28, 2015 begins registration for classes on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Check the website for all the details: www.focusonbookarts.org
PSU Library, 1st Floor
May 4 – July 17, 2015
Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
PSU Special Collections recently acquired a late 15th Century French Book of Hours, and has it on exhibit until July 17. There is also a digital exhibit available online: http://library.pdx.edu/texts-of-time-the-portland-state-book-of-hours-and-the-medieval-manuscript-tradition/
International Calligraphy Conference
Swannanoa, North Carolina
June 26 – July 2, 2016
Early Bird registration opens 5/20/15 and is limited to the first 100 registrants and gives you priority in choosing your classes. Down payment is $500, payable by check or on the website. Check the website for all the details.
Monday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Street Portland, OR 97209
An Overview & Interpretations of Blackletter a.k.a. Gothic Hands with Anita Bigelow
In looking at the evolution of the many gothic hands, we’ll see some of their baggage from Ye Olde Monks, to Nazis and vampires. This presentation, originally made for a Reed Paideia workshop, comes with hopes that calligraphers of all experience levels will get past connotations to fun and expression with gothic hands.
Anita Bigelow’s first calligraphy teacher, Lloyd Reynolds, called blackletter the Christmas script, legible only seasonally. Anita found gothic hands a mere curiosity until an all too short class with Colleen Cavin revealed textura. Then came Luca Barcellona and Fraktur and — fast forward — internet exploration and her latest gothic love, Chaucerian Anglicana formata.