calligraphy class with maybelle

April 13, 2014

Today Angela Liguori welcomed an intimate group of eight ladies for a calligraphy class taught by the very warm and talented Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. Much like Maybelle herself, the artist’s approach to her work is informal and unprescribed. She embraces the Wabi-Sabi imperfections and variations that give her calligraphy an extemporaneous and expressive quality. (In fact, she is a bit horrified when people ask her what font she uses, because then she knows her work is too perfect.) In the 3-hour class, Maybelle encouraged her students to quickly move past the form, and experiment, with the ultimate goal of developing their own individual style. There is something quite meditative about calligraphy once you let go, and the whole experience was relaxing, convivial and fun. Truly great way to spend an afternoon.

the table, before

lovely ladies: Angela and Maybelle

We all got our own personal calligraphy kits complete with pen holders made by Maybelle’s husband.

Maybelle demonstrates the basics.

Maybelle teaching

The class try their hands at it.

my efforts

a fellow student

white ink on black demo

the aftermath of all our hard work

my efforts with white on black

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