Welcome to Escribiente

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions.

Next Meeting

Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the second Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern).

May 6, 6:30pm

Topic: Calligraphy Books, Videos and Stuff – Oh My!

Looking for some new inspiration but can't make it to a big calligraphy conference this summer? Why not have a summer staycation and study at home!

At the May meeting, Trish Meyer will share recent additions to the Escribiente book library and show excerpts from a variety of new videos and ebooks that are available from various instructors for self-study.

If you have a favorite book or training resource, please bring it to the meeting to share. Donations (or loans) are also gratefully accepted for our growing library.

Also, if you are attending Carrie Imai's Mastering Italic workshop, please bring your examples to share.


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  • Cover: Ginger Larkin’s page from Sharon Zeugin’s workshop
  • Sharon Zeugin Workshop: The Journal is the Destination (review)
  • Pointed Pen Weekend workshop with Bill Kemp (review)
  • Wrapping Up The Year (Holiday Party, December 2014)
  • Upcoming, Resources, News, and more...

Upcoming Workshop

Mastering Italic with Carrie Imai

* Sold Out! Call Jan to be put on the Wait List in case of a cancellation.

Saturday April 25, 2015 –  8:30am – 4:30pm approx (includes setup time)
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 8:45am – 4:30pm approx (plus cleanup time)

Beginning Italic… Have you always wanted to write beautiful invitations, greeting cards, gifts and correspondence? Italics is a beautiful, flowing and consistent style of calligraphic lettering. It is a good alphabet to begin your calligraphic education or early in your training. You will find yourself using this alphabet most often.

This workshop will be an in-depth study of the Formal Italic alphabet through demonstrations and hands-on attention. We will study each of the components of the alphabet (what makes it look the way it does) and use this information to determine how your personal italic can be improved. Carrie will being with pen angle, structure, branching and shape. Carrie has seen quantum leaps in improvement in this workshop. Everyone will see a marked improvement in their Italic.

More details on our Workshops page.


Many thanks to Rodger Mayeda who graciously donated his time and talents to create a very special prize for our Holiday Party raffle in December. The prize included one oblique pen fitted for a Nikko G nib, a flourishing pen of his own design, and a straight pen. All pens were made from the same piece of rosewood. The pen box was made from old growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the knob on the pen box is made from a very valuable piece of pink ivory wood. Thank you Rodger!

If you would like to order your own unique pen holder, visit Etsy.com/RodgersPenBox. Read about their construction here.


New Mexico State Fair 2014

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico
September 10–21, 2014

NM State Fair album montage

View Flickr slideshow of the Calligraphy exhibit at the recent New Mexico State Fair in the Creative Arts Building at NM Expo, Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Fair 2013

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico
September 11–22, 2013

2013 NM State Fair slideshow

Our calligraphy exhibit was held at the Arts & Crafts building, and included many amazing pieces of high quality works that are worthy of exhibition in any venue.

2013 IAMPETH Conference

July 8–13, 2013

St. Mark’s Exhibit

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IAMPETH is a non-profit organization with over 500 members throughout the world. IAMPETH stands for International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. Bill Kemp, a member of Escribiente, was the 2012–2013 president and hosted the annual conference in Albuquerque in July 2013.

There were over 220 attendees and approximately 22 of them were Escribiente members. Among the sixteen volunteer instructors were Pat Blair, the chief calligrapher at the White House and Louis LeMoine who works for Walt Disney Imagineering. The conference gave everyone insight into the work of superb quality penmen. Visit the IAMPETH website for more info.