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In Chicago we have had our study group meetings for the last 32 years. It has been a great source of support for friendship and creativity. Of course some months are better attended than others, and the quality and volume of the work varies. But I have always come away feeling better. From time to time, however, I’m saddened by the thought that with all the inspiring work that has passed through those doors, none of it has been chronicled. There will be no evidence that we even existed! 

   I know that over the years other study groups in other cities have sprung up, varying in size and frequency of meeting. In featuring all levels of works from them, the point is to show just how important a study group can be in our development as calligraphers, at so many different levels. And, YES, it shows, indeed, WE WERE HERE! This informal gathering of kindred spirits has nurtured us, given us continuity in ways we may have hoped for, or may never have expected. I would like for it to be a legacy to pass on to current and future calligraphers: a way to inspire others to start their own study groups. 

    So, for the beginning of this year I will be featuring attendees of our Chicago group. We have had an embarrassment of riches over the decades when it comes to talent. This is a sampling. PLEASE send me works from any study group you may have been part of so it may be featured here and inspire others:  contactreggie@comcast.net

Thank you. Reggie

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This work was done by Pam Paulsrud:
"2 Sides of a Quilter"

    I loved my grandparents dearly even though we didn't get to see them a lot. As kids, my brothers and sister would stay with them for a week or two on their farm in Nebraska. Besides learning how to bake bread and Bohemian kolaches, my grandma taught me to sew on her treadle sewing machine. She was an avid quilter often using the fabric left from dresses and aprons that she also made.

Some time after my grandparents passed I asked my mom to tell me a story about the other side of my grandma. I was glad I asked. Oh, I should add that I also learned The Darktown Strutters Ball was one of their favorite dance tunes.

       Just for clarification, the handwritten text is the first image.

The block prints are on the back side of the letterpress.

       Text by Lois Walter. Handmade paper, calligraphy: gouache and metal nib,10 point Bodoni type, linoleum blocks, cyanotype images. 

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