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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 Lindsey Hook:
"Circular Breathing”
I've occasionally integrated text into my art, but for the most part
calligraphy has always been more of a craft and service/income based
pursuit for me, with painting and fiber work holding most of my conceptual
and content based interest. Over the last few years I've started playing
with ways to bring my calligraphy into my art. My interest in this piece is in
the physiological connections between the mark as a moment in time,
each stroke of the pen intrinsically tied to a specific movement of my body
acting in rhythm with my breath, marching forward through each moment
to form a larger texture, a bigger picture.
"Circular Breathing” is done with bleed proof white ink on 22"x30"
Magnani Pescia paper. This was my first deep dive into the insular
majuscule/half uncial text of the Book of Kells. The text
..." which is a breathing exercise often used in meditation where you count
the numbers off in your head while you control your breath in the manner
designated at the beginning of each count.

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