Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 2009 Scribnote

Comments from our Chairperson:
I can’t even remember how many years we having been having our annual picnic at my home, but it is one of my favorite times together with the members of the Michiana Calligraphy Guild.  First we sit outside in the screened porch, drink tea and coffee, and have our usual first Saturday of the month meeting.  During the course of the meeting we have sharing time, we raffle off a book (this year’s book was won by Diana Stamper), and then we exchange handmade books.  The books as always are lovely to behold.  We also had four little girls joining us for the meeting and two of them made books to exchange which were gobbled up by their respective grandmothers.  Teaching young children to do and appreciate art is a pleasant task we should all participate in.  Then comes the best part of the meeting where we have a scrumptious lunch including Sharon Esmont’s beautiful fruit salad and Anna Schlemma’s famous 2 ½ pound chocolate chip cookies, and enjoy the beautiful day.  Thanks to all who joined us on August 1 and we look forward to meeting again next August. 

I recently bought a new glass-top drafting table at Prizm in Indianapolis.  I saw it in their flyer and when I was in Indy, decided to give it a look.  I’ve had an old student drafting table about half the width and wanted something a little more modern.  Usually my husband is the one to put things together for me, but I was so excited about my new table, with drawers, that I decided to tackle it myself.  The first three parts had to be put on three times, because I put them on backwards!  When the table is turned over, left is not your left.  Learning curve here.  But with my husband as consultant, I was able to put it together by myself.  I have to say, putting tables together and having to read instructions, would not be my favorite thing to do.  Now that it is done, I can put my supplies in the drawers and start creating. 

Paste Paper - It’s what you’ve been asking for!  A day to make paste paper.  We will be getting together on October 3, 2009 at Christ the King Church, our usual meeting place, to spend a day making paste paper.  Bring your own supplies and lunch.  Please let Ginny know if you will be coming so that we can plan for tables.  Times will be 10 – 4 pm.  We need a couple of people to make the paste.  If you would like to volunteer, please let Ginny know (


Rosie Kelly – Rosie Kelly will be joining the MCG on Saturday, November 7, 2009 for a one-day workshop from 9 – 5 pm.  Last year Rosie taught us her “stash” book.  This year we are staying with the same theme and the title is Recycle Stash 2.  Cost for the workshop will be $50 payable to MCG no later than the October guild/study group meeting.  Limit will be 15 (we already have 12) in the workshop so register with your check as soon as you can.  This workshop will take place at Christ the King Church in Mishawaka. Supply list will be forthcoming.  We will have a limited amount of arches text wove for sale that day.

Victoria Pittman – Victoria Pittman will be coming to South Bend for a two-day workshop in April 2010.  Please keep this in mind and get it onto your calendar.  More information will be forthcoming in a future newsletter. 

Peter Thornton – Looking at a possible workshop with Peter Thornton in fall, 2010.

Workshops in Kalamazoo – Pendragons
Nov. 14 (Saturday): Diane Stum Fekete will teach "Unique Tools, Unique Letters." This is her summary of the day:
In this workshop focusing both on lettering and tools, we will learn a fun, contemporary variation of Italic lettering. We will experiment with a variety of contemporary tools for making larger marks, including Automatic pens, Parallel pens, Coit pens and oversized markers. Incorporating larger lettering into our work gives us ways to introduce greater interest and contrast. Using papers with different textures allows us to discover favorite combinations of tools and materials. All levels of skill and enthusiasm are welcome. However, it will be very helpful to have some knowledge of calligraphy, particularly Italic lettering.  Cost $30. to Pendragon members only.

May 1 and 2, 2010 (Saturday/Sunday): Diane von Arx will teach a two-day workshop for us. Topic still under negotiation, but they are tending towards some element of design. Cost TBA.

 We are keeping green by sending out our newsletter by internet.  This saves lots of time   getting our information printed and buying stamps to send them out.  If you have anything you would like to put into the newsletter, which is published 4 times a year, please send the information to or  We appreciate any information you can share with us.  Check out for the Los Angeles area guild newsletter where Carrie Imai is the President. Also check out the Memphis Calligraphy Guild

It’s that time of year again when we look at having new officers for the Michiana Calligraphy Guild.  If you wish to be one of the four officers, please let one of us know.  Even though we have a small (but mighty) group, we don’t want anyone to think that the present officers want to monopolize being in charge.  Even though our officers go the extra mile to bring quality workshops and meetings, other input would always be appreciated. 

Maureen Trubac made the motion to forego dues for the 2009-2010 membership year for all current members.  Any new members will need to pay the $15. fee.  Angie West seconded the motion. 

There are many classes available at Studio Arts in South Bend including Drawing, Creative Writing, Portrait Drawing, Digital Imaging, and calligraphy, of course, by Anne Binder.  If you are interested in any classes at Studio Arts, please go to  Also check out their artists market on the first Saturday of each month where local artists sell their works.  Anne’s studio has moved to Mishawaka on Grape Road so check out her new art studio near Barnes and Noble and The Outback

The Artful Retreat organized by Joya Helmuth will be held from October 18 – 23, 2009 in Boyne Falls, Michigan.  If interested, go to for more information and registration form.  Spend five beautiful days at Boyne Falls with other artists away from kids, dogs, phone, etc. 

We want to announce the birth of Anne Roselynn Van Prooyen to MCG member Traci Van Prooyen and her husband Matt on September 21, 2009.  Son Caleb is almost 3 and loves his sister already.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein

Often times I see a website posted on cyberscribes and put them on my favorites so I thought I would share some with you:  - Capital City Scribes


October –  Paste paper play day 10 - 4
November  7 – Rosie Kelly workshop – 9 – 5 pm
December – Christmas meeting – Exchange Christmas cards – at the home of Barbara Rogan.
                      Meeting at 10 am followed by lunch at noon.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. -- Aristotle

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