Seattletters 2018 Conference by Elyse Viotto

Texte original calligraphié par Elyse Viotto

Translation: Patricia Shallow

On July 15, I left for Bellingham to participate in Seattletters, my second International Calligraphy Conference. I was charmed by the campus with its view of the bay and magnificent sunsets. I found my “calligrafriends” from last year (Letterworks 2017) and met many new people.

Le campus de l'université de Western Washington à Bellingham
Western Washington University Campus in Bellingham

As my first choice, I had chosen the class of Master Penman Pat Blair, the White House Chief Calligrapher. I had heard a great number of positive comments from students who had taken her course last year. As Copperplate is my favorite hand, I wanted to learn her technique and better understand its subtleties.  The course lasted five days. The first two were spent reviewing the lowercase and capital letters and learning how to plan for and add flourishes to ascenders and descenders. The remaining days were dedicated to the creation of two projects: a long text and a word or simple phrase against a watercolour background. Continue reading “Seattletters 2018 Conference by Elyse Viotto”