Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Philadelphia Visit

It was my pleasure to bring the Enchanted Letter Workshop to a wonderful group of calligraphers in Philadelphia. I designed the Enchanted Letter class for the Birmingham Pointed Pen Extended Study Group and this was the first time I taught the class to a group of calligraphers who did not take previous classes in flourishing with me. Their work was outstanding and I was so happy to be able to visit Philadelphia. I had been corresponding with my fellow pointed pen enthusiast Nick D'Aquanno for over 9 years but had never had the opportunity to visit him! While in Philadelphia, we got the chance to meet and I visited his beautiful pen room. I was thrilled to view his collection of scrapbooks, signature writing and incredible F. B. Courtney Flourishes! I wanted to send him a thank you for the visit and worked on this flourish this morning. Once again, John Neal's new diploma parchement provided the surface. I used McCaffery brown ink, pastel, graphitint pencils and gilded the flourish with 23 K gold leaf.


Dana said...

I know Nick must be thrilled with this piece! I am so glad you got to meet. You are kindred spirits.

Beautiful work!


Jane Farr said...

Nick's piece is perfect and beautiful, Heather! Nick contributes greatly to promoting beautiful penwork, and I'm glad you were able to meet with him. I bet his collection is amaaaaazing to see in person. Congratulations on a successful workshop!

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Jane! It was wonderful to finally be able to meet Nick. He has done so much for the promotion of ornamental penmanship.