Pushing the comfort zone

After considerable internal debate, I’ve registered for “A Show of Hands,” the 35th Show of HandsInternational Calligraphy Conference.  No, you have not missed something.  I have long admired calligraphy but never taken a single class.  But, this conference is being held at Warren Wilson College, a scant 12 minute drive from my home, and it may be my only chance ever to attend. The cost was not insignificant, even without campus housing, so it means I’ll be foregoing a singing week at another location which would have been pure joy but not stretched me in the same ways.

From among the course offerings I’ve selected one that places more emphasis on making books, and somewhat less on the techniques of Cheryl Mootelettering that might be included.  “All levels welcome!”  it boldly proclaimed.  And even more than an interest in calligraphy, which partners so well with marbling, I need encouragement to finally start making books with content, rather than exclusively producing blank journals for the creativity of others.  “Heartfelt, Handmade,” taught by Cherryl Moote seems to fill the bill. At least, this is the class I requested and hope to be taking!   See also: www.mootepoints.com

At least I have until June 25 to take out the random calligraphy pens and inks that I’ve purchased over the years, and see if I can at least condition my hand muscles so they don’t cramp up when the time comes!  Now, I wonder if I can sell some marbled paper to all these great calligraphers and book artists who will be in attendance.  Hmmmmn.