Friday, November 29, 2013

Simple and Unadorned

Shaking off the excessive loops and frilly script of my Christmas envelopes. I found a steel blue piece of Mi-Tientes paper and some bleedproof white. The December words I found online seemed to match the unadorned script. I love Roundhand in all its splendor and when it is softly simplified. This piece was done with a straight holder and an Esterbrook 128 nib.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A note from Lucille

I spend so much time promoting handwriting and singing the praises of the written word that I had to share this story with you. I just came home from a teaching trip to Chicago and sat down with my cup of tea to open the mail. When I came to this letter, I did not recognize the lettering but stopped to admire the border design.
As I pulled out the contents of the envelope a little note fell out from Mary Grassi, the daughter of my friend Lucille. I have had the pleasure of knowing Lucille through IAMPETH. For years, she was a faithful board member and admired for her playful 'swearing in of officers' at the General Business Meeting. I remembered our last conversation at the convention in Phoenix. She grabbed my hand and showed me the envelope I had sent her in the envelope exchange and apologized for being late in sending hers to me. I didn't know she was struggling with cancer. I had no idea. When her daughter's note spilled out from the envelope with the message that she had found this addressed envelope along with her Mother's note, I was moved to tears!
I can still hear Lucille's voice in my head as I read her words and I can touch her handwriting. A kind message from a kind friend. I am so grateful that I have this letter to cherish along with her memory. Later today I will find the time to thank Mary in writing for this gift. Lucille wrote meaningful words on her note..."life gets in the way of my plans." I know that phrase well and take it to heart during this busy season. Just had to pass on this note with my blog friends to encourage you as you make plans to write. Cherish your friendships! Had to include a shot of the mail I opened along with Lucille's note! I am so grateful for my friendships.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Fountain Pen and The Art of Slowing Down

I got an email several weeks ago through the Iampeth website asking if I would contribute thoughts about handwriting and fountain pens. I eagerly responded to the writer and soon found myself on Skype to a writer in England. She asked me questions about handwriting and using a fountain pen and both are becoming a large part of my daily routine. I didn't set out to collect fountain pens, but somehow found myself with three of them!
They beckon to me at Phidon Pens and I have my eye on a Lilliput pen which is one of the most adorable fountain pens I have seen! I am enjoying changing the colours of my ink and when the Rembrandt Visconti pen is my hand, I feel so privileged to be able to use it. The interview appeared online this week and my thoughts about handwriting and slowing down have been recorded. I feel like a walking experiment as I approach the busiest season that I have ever found myself in and still reaching daily for pen and ink. I still hold my position that in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the pre-holiday season, writing and calligraphic art is like meditating on paper. I can feel a physical difference as I slow down and tranfer thoughts and words to paper rather than get caught up in the speed of life around me. I may detatch digitally for periods of time in the coming year to catch my breath mentally and physically! I have found other calming projects to write about as well. Right now I am so thankful for paper, pens and friends to write to. Hope you enjoy the article.