Welcome to Escribiente
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions and download our Newsletters for reviews and photos from our workshops and programs.
Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern). More details on our Meetings page.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30pm
(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)
Big & Tiny & Tall & Short
Presented by Patty Hammarstedt
At this month’s program, members will continue exploration of Bookhand/Foundational by breaking some of the rules. Words such as ‘wispy’, ‘bolder’, ‘broad’, ‘squat’ generate varying visual images and can be individually interpreted accordingly by changing letter height, width or slope. Members will be guided through a series of exercises in altering the ‘feel’ of their letterforms using a variety of nib sizes. More details and supply list ...
February 7 is also “opening day’ to register for the Foundational Workshop (April 21–22). Bring your $50 deposit check to the meeting OR mail your check postmarked no earlier than Feb. 7. Visit our Workshops page for more details.
Two-day Workshop with Randall M. Hasson
Saturday-Sunday, April 21–22, 2018
Note: February 7 is “opening day’ to register.
For beginning or intermediate students, this workshop will work with the analysis, structure and mechanics of a calligraphic hand called Foundational. We will begin with familiarizing ourselves with the characteristics of the letterform and use tools that facilitate ease of writing. We will also delve into the history and evolution of the chosen letterform, creating historical context for the style of writing and familiarizing ourselves with its characteristics such as entry and exit strokes, proportion, branching and size & weight. We will look at examples of how contemporary calligraphers work with the basic hand.
For beginning students, day two will continue work with these forms while intermediate and advanced participants will have the option of working on variations of the foundational, using techniques and tools to modernize the hand to suit their own style and personality. We’ll address beginnings, endings and alternate forms to give your Foundational Hand a personality of its own. More details...
- NM State Fair photo gallery
- A Week in Pecos, NM – Randy Hassan workshop review by Margie Disque
- A Week in Ogden, Utah – Cora Pearl workshop review by Margie Disque
- A Celebration of Cranes – The Art of Caryl McHarney
- Haiku Weathergrams event – Haiku North America Conferent, Santa Fe, September 2017
- Tips for Dips
- The History of Ink – by Margie Disque
- White House Calligraphy article reprint
New Mexico State Fair 2017
View Slideshow of this year's entries on our Flickr account.
Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM
In conjunction with local poets, Escribiente members calligraphed hundreds of Weathergrams that were hung on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation starting in mid-May 2017.
As a fundraiser during the Poets Picnic event on May 20th, our members also created custom Weathergrams for poets. Trish Meyer created 200 copies of a limited edition poetry chapbook featuring artwork from Julie Gray, Beth McKee, Caryl McHarney, and Janice Gabel (all eight images are shown below). Along with other event sales, over $1500 was raised for Open Space Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote public awareness and conservation of Open Space lands.
If you haven’t been to the Open Space Visitor Center on Coors Blvd NW, check out their website.
Escribiente Mentor Program
Escribiente has a mentor program for new members. Our objective is to assist new members with calligraphy and the many things associated with it. This is not designed to teach a hand, but to assist with various techniques and questions such as:
- How do you do that?
- I want to do this – but where do I start?
- What should I use ( i.e. ink, tool, paper)?
- I can’t make that letter, what am I doing wrong?
- Squash??? Well that is what it sounded like. (Gouache)
- Can you do calligraphy on this?
- And the many more questions that we all had when we were first starting out.
It will not all be on your shoulders, if you don’t know the answer you can find out or refer them to another member that you think would know the answer. But the best thing that will happen is the possible friendship that may develop for you and Escribiente. This will make the new member gain confidence in their ability as a calligrapher and feel like one of us (experienced calligraphers anyway) much faster. I remember the excitement of looking at all the strange tools, the mystery of how do they make those pens make letters like that and many other questions.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or having a Mentor, contact Jan Florence: H 505-281-5771 (call first) - C 505-269-8867; email: