Friday, April 15, 2011

Calligraphy Flourish Friday - ZIG Markers & CCC Exploration

©Jane Farr Calligraphy & Design LLC
 Here we go! Thanks to the wonderful folks at Kuretake, I am happy to host a ZIG marker giveaway!!
There will be 5 winners. Each winner will receive 4 markers.
If you would like the chance to win one of these bundles, then please leave a comment on this post by next Wednesday, April 20th at midnight (Eastern Time). 
One comment per person please (no emails).  I will randomly choose the winners. I will also randomly assign the bundles to the winners, so please no requesting specific bundles.

I'll announce the winners next Flourish Friday.
Thank you...and thank you Kuretake!

©Jane Farr Calligraphy & Design LLC
On this post about ZIG markers, Andy asked how I stored my ZIG markers.  We have replaced 2 dishwashers over the 20 years we've lived in this house.  I saved the utensil baskets from the old dishwashers, and I store my markers in them.  I like them because they are divided, and I can just grab them by the handles and go.  I always store my markers horizontally to prevent them from drying out.

  On a visit to Chicago this past weekend, Tom and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Yolk, and a stroll past the Moody Bible Institute on our way to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective's Exploration exhibit and reception at The Newberry Library.

Julie Wildman and Jane Farr
Here I am with Julie Wildman!! My fellow sister-in-Christ! :) I've admired Julie's calligraphy and art for several years now, and it was a privilege to meet her and see her inspiring work in person.  I apologize for my terrible pictures.  They are all so blurry.  I guess I don't know how to use that "museum" setting on the camera after all!

The CCC put on a lovely reception with demonstrations, a live performance and a scrumptious spread of food.  I was a little nervous walking in, but straightaway the warm and beautiful Pat Kutz made us feel very welcome.  CCC President, Kathy Mandell, introduced herself and welcomed us too.  I don't really know how I come off to my blog's readers, but I actually knock the ball out of the park as an Introvert on the Myers-Briggs' test, and I really appreciated the friendly greeting by all the members of the CCC.

Here are a few photos of the demonstrations by CCC members:  

Pointed Pen demonstrated by Janice Kiska.
Neuland demonstrated by Lisa Kivland

Lisa Kivland demonstrating Neuland using graphite and a wet brush.

Pam Sussman demonstrating bookbinding.
Below are some photos of the actual Exploration exhibit. There is so much talent in the CCC! I felt like a calligraphy groupie. (Oh there's Tim Botts! Oh, oh, there's Rosie Kelly! Oh, Oh, Oh...Linda Hancock? I LOVE her just went on and on in my head like that.)
Entrance to the Exploration exhibit at Chicago's Newberry Library.

The 2011 Newberry Purchase Prize Award winner "Silent Poetry" by Janice Kiska.

Pieces by fellow CCC members and bloggers Luce Zolna (far left) and Julie Wildman (far right).

Piece by Mike Kecseg. (Swoon!!)

25th Anniversary exhibit of past Newberry Purchase Prize Award winners.

The photos below are of the live calligraphy performance.  I believe a CCC member, Jack Scott, provided the live jazz music. It was wonderful. Tom loved the live performance!

Live calligraphy performance: Karen Brooks (with Whopperplate) and Pam Paulsrud.  

Live calligraphy performance: Julie Wildman

Live calligraphy performance: Tim Botts looks on as a fellow CCC member performs - a lefty lettering backward!

Live calligraphy performance:  Anne Binder

2011 Exploration live performance piece at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

As an added bonus, The Newberry Library had a special exhibit of 20 French Renaissance illuminated manuscripts and printed books from their collection. It was amazing!
Special Exhibit at the Newberry Library

Special Exhibit at the Newberry Library
If you have the chance to make it to Chicago in the next month or so, be sure to include The Newberry Library on your itinerary.  I am so glad we were able to go. Our experience at The Newberry was the jewel in our Chicago weekend!

The Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books exhibit runs until May 28, 2011.
The Exploration exhibit runs until June 25, 2011.

Please visit Marjorie Boyd's terrific blog (April 10th posts) to see better pictures and descriptions from the Exploration reception and exhibit by clicking here.

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to be a winner in the ZIG marker giveaway.
Good luck!
Thank you for your support of A Place to Flourish!!! :)


  1. G'mornin' Jane!

    I just, just, JUST replaced my dishwasher basket--and threw the old one away. Rats.

    I'd love to win a Zig bundle, even though I don't have an old dishwasher basket to store them in.

    ; )

  2. Of course I'd love some new markers, but I love the fact that you went to Chicago for the exhibit. I wish I'd thought of making that road trip and taken a group up there. Oh, well, maybe we still can.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time in Chi town. The live performance looks really neat. Glad you were able to go!

  4. Hey Jane, that looks like waaaay too much fun! What a treat it must have been.

  5. Looks like a very inspiring exhibit! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Chicago is a great place! I lived there my first 21 years - well, out in the 'burbs. Looks like CCC had a great event @ Newberry again.
    Happy flourishing!

  7. What an inspiring post! So much talent in one place. Please enter me for the Zig Marker giveaway ~

  8. Wow !!!! What a trip. You are truly blessed. I stumbled on your site some time back and added you to my Google Reader list. Thanks for your sharing your life and your passion with us. I am a budding calligrapher even though I've dabbled in it for over 30 yrs. I do want to get better and be more serious about it and your site gives me inspiration. I love Zig markers. I don't have a collection of them so to win these would be just great.

  9. What a fun event - surely a feast for the eyes. Quite fun to read about it.

  10. That "whopperplate" looks like fun! Thanks for sharing your experience with those of us who couldn't go.

  11. I have been following your blog for a little while now & I'm always impressed at your talent! You are certainly an inspiration to this neophyte calligrapher who aspires to flourish someday! Wish I lived closer to be able to attend those types of events!
    Please enter me in the Zig marker give-away -

  12. What a blessing to "be there" via your blog. I enjoyed this post even more than most. I'd love to win one of your giveaways, but am thankful just to read your posts. Love the idea of a dishwasher basket. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  13. Gorgeous group calligraphy effort at the exhibit! I'd love just a portion of it!!! (You know what I'd do with it, don't you?!?) It would be a terrific treat to be a lucky winner of those great markers, so please consider me entered! And as far as you being an introvert, not to worry, some of the most talented folks around are in the same situation, though I'd never have guessed it about you! Your comment made me laugh out loud! I'm quite envious of you getting to meet Julie! Thank you for sharing your excursion with us! xoxo

  14. Hi, Jane, swooning for sure about your experience with the CCC. Love all that calligraphy. I had to really smile about the Introvert on the Myers Briggs test. Me too! I love the idea of storing your markers in a vertical position, what a great idea.

    Take care, Jane, thanks for sharing.

  15. hi, I would love to try zig markers, I have heard a lot about them, your work in them is inspiring!

  16. How fortunate you were to get to go see and meet all that talent in Chicago! I need to go brainstorm a better way to store my markers. Please enter me your generous give-away!
    ~ Karen - a fellow introvert!

  17. Sign me up for those luscious markers! And thanks for the tip about storing them horizontally! Never thought of that.

    Jane, it was SUCH a privilege getting to meet you and your husband, and of course, for me, getting to know another "sister" in the Lord. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Chicago and at the reception. I love your photos, too. I didn't take any myself as I was too busy with all the other stuff, so it's nice to see your view of the day. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

    And next year, we'd better see some Jane Farr pieces in the show, by golly!!!!!

  18. Wow!!! Looks like you had an amazing time - and who wouldn't have?? What fun.

  19. I would love to win some ZIG markers! Another fun tool to try. I love your blog, Jane - you are incredibly inspiring!!

  20. You're lucky to be on the mainland to be able to attend all of these calligraphy workshops etc. I have to travel too far. Please consider my entry for the ZIG Markers. My son is learning italics in the 2nd grade, I would give them to him!


  21. I like your creative use of the dishwasher utensil basket - and loved your past post about ZIG markers. Crossing my fingers!!

  22. oooh, i would have LOVED to have been in chicago with you.....and believe me, i'd be swooning over seeing tim botts and rosie kelly, too!! it looks like you had a super trip!!

    i love your dishwasher basket idea.....what a great solution for markers (you're so clever!!)! thanks for sharing your markers with us! xox

  23. Great idea using the dishwasher baskets! I may have to rush the replacement of my 20+ year old washer :). The pictures from Chicago are amazing, thanks for sharing

  24. I would love to have the markers. I am one of your silent followers. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge. Silvia Ana.

  25. Thank you for that great tip on using the silverware caddy from a dishwasher for pen storage! Almost looking forward to when my 20-year old dishwasher breaks now. :-)

  26. Hi jane I can't work out what time it is over there, but there's every chance I've missed out! Never mind...I love the visit and the photos from the exhibition; stunning work. And I so empathise with the "oooh there's so and so and oh my goodness, it's her" thing ! Groupies indeed...Go well F

  27. What an exciting exhibit! I would love to go see this, how inspiring! Thanks for sharing this!


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