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Carol Dubosch's Calligraphic Artist Books

Online Presentation with Carol Dubosch

Thursday, May 9th, 2024, 7 pm PT

Registration Required. Register HERE

As a life-long calligrapher, Carol Dubosch enjoys the challenge of turning words into books and she has been making calligraphic artist books for over three decades. Knowing the words is just the beginning of creating a calligraphic artist book; Carol wants her remarkable book forms to have meaning associated with the text rather than simply using a traditional binding style.  At this talk, she will share photos of her books and talk about how she makes decisions such as,

- What form of book complements the selected text? How large should it be? How many or few pages?

- What script face (“font”) enhances the text? Should the calligraphy be in ink, gouache or watercolor? Which pen will work best for this?

- Will there be illustration or embossing on the pages? Is gold leaf gilding called for?

- Which paper works for both the book form and calligraphic style?

Carol Dubosch has been a calligrapher in Portland, Oregon since she was first introduced to nibs and ink in 1959 as a high school art student. In the 58 years since, she gained a degree in Graphic Design and studied with every major calligrapher in the US and Europe. She has taught college level and private classes in the Northwest along with workshops throughout the United States and most recently in Italy. Carol directed three International Calligraphy Conferences in Portland, bringing 500 scribes together for a week of studying and sharing.

Carol says: "Any day that I can open a bottle of ink is a good day. It gets even better if I can create art, make a mark-making tool, or teach what I know to someone. Words are my muse and I love being able to use them as a lettering artist. When I hear the words, I ponder and savor them for a spell and then interact with them using art materials. I am interested in every aspect of the field of calligraphy, from the formal invitation to writing on walls. I enjoy seeking out ways to stretch the boundaries of my art."

See more of Carol's remarkable artwork here:

All photos used with permission and courtesy of the artist.


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