SUMMER IN THE CITY
Thanks to a grant from DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) in Chicago, I was able to take a 4-day workshop taught by the super-talented Ken Barber (@typelettering) in Cooper Union, New York City this summer. The class, Advanced Techniques in Script Lettering, covered drawing script letters in Spencerian Lettering, Italian, English Roundhand, and more. We even spent one whole day practicing flourishing.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
A field trip to Herb Lubalin Center for Study of Design and Typography meant seeing page after page of lettering from Tom Carnase and Tony DiSpigna. It was enlightening. Being in NYC was a bonus because I visited the Whitney Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and Guggenheim Museum.
Just walking around so many neighborhoods I found wonderful gargoyles high atop buildings, hand painted signage on little shops, and lots of street art. My hotel was next to Little Italy and Chinatown so nightly walks were filled with great food (pasta, cannoli and gelato!) and great sights. Little Italy is where I found my favorite mural of the trip, painted by Ron English, shown below. It has 5 storey tall "Terrortots". I was lucky enough to find a pop up shop of English's work in Chelsea.
As a bonus, I got to have a lovely dinner and drinks in Chelsea with three beautiful women from the East Coast. I met Rozina, Melody and Molly on my trip to Iceland this March with Onward Travel and it was great to catch up and relax in a completely different locale—NYC is a fabulous location, but I do miss the geothermal pools.
I hope I can take another workshop at Type@Cooper in the future. It really pushed my work by focusing on the details, consistency and letter shapes. Here's to more lettering in the next year!