It seems that contemporary calligraphy is making its way back into the modern craftsman’s arsenal. I admittedly have an open love affair with letters and handwriting, so when I saw that Fifteen Eleven was hosting a calligraphy workshop led by Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be D.C., I quickly signed up.
The workshop was both intimate and informative. I spent the morning playing with pens, paper and ink. Michele showed me and 5 other women how to use pointed-pen calligraphy nibs, pen holders and ink to create high-contrast words and letters. We started with the basics by drawing lines and getting used to the way the pen reacted to the paper and our hands. We then drew common curves that are used as the foundation for most letters. Eventually, we worked our ways up to letters and complete words. I luckily got to take home all the materials I’ll need to practice because calligraphy is an art that takes patience and discipline.
Watching Michele write out my name was quite lovely. She made it appear so effortless, which is a testament to her perseverance in perfecting her craft. I hope with some practice I’ll be showing off my new skills soon as well.