Welcome, Friends 


Atlanta's Calligraphy Guild

Friends of the Alphabet General Meetings/Programs and Workshops CURRENTLY meet via Zoom 

Rachel Yallop



"Design Studio"


January 17, 2022

February 21, 2022

March 21, 2022

All demonstrations will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

and are FREE to Guild Members

Demos will be recorded and made available for 1 month




Design Studio pointed pen demos


1st session: Writing in a circle.

  • How to go about designing a circular piece.

  • How to make sure all the letters or words will fit and look at the possibility of adapting letter shapes.

  • Looking at the angle of letters to make sure they don’t appear to be falling over on a curved design.

  • How to apply these to other shapes, like a square or diamond shape.


2nd session: Word design.

  • How to put letters together to make words. There is a lot more to it than just placing one letter after another!

  • How to get a balanced design by adding simple flourishing.

  • How to flourish letters which don’t have a descender.

  • How to place a couple of words together, for example, a simple greeting or a pairing of names.


3rd session: Writing a longer piece of text.

  • Looking at a variety of layouts.

  • Looking at line spacing and the effect it has overall.

  • How to solve problems such as descenders from one line clashing with ascenders from the next.

  • How to adapt letter designs to suit the finished piece.



Heather Held


The Poetic Pen

February 12, 2022

10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.



     Italian Hand is a playful, delicate and joyful script that can drastically lighten your touch with the pointed pen as well as help you develop a stronger understanding of other script hands.  This beautiful script hand evolved out italic and predates English Roundhand and Spencerian Script. It has a unique charming quality than can captivate the onlooker and draw them in for a closer look.  Italian Hand is meant to be written rather than drawn and is a very practical script to add your repertoire.  The lower case letterforms are delicately shaded and simple to write.
    Capitals are varied and can take the form of a very delicate English Roundhand style capital or have more complexly shaded and flourished forms.  This script hand is extraordinarily forgiving and recommended for all skill levels.  It is a wonderful place for a beginner to start with as it encourages a very light touch with the pen.  This hand has a very gentle quality to it that makes it such a pleasure to explore.  I look forward to sharing the history of this hand with you as well as the unique possibilities it can add to you script.

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“Weaving words”

Blending calligraphy with the textile arts

 Two ONLINE evening sessions

26 • 27 April |  Atlanta 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

For more information: Katy Burge katy.burge@comcast.net


Inspired in the words of the famous Argentine historian, Ruth Corcuera, I created this course.  “Thousands of years ago, when only the voice recorded small and big events of every day life, women would cover their newborn child in a wrap. In this we see a space created between the mother´s womb and the world outside. We believe textiles were born from such gestures, within the realm of feelings and from a women´s view: to protect, to give warmth and to sustain life. In time, textile art will be the means to tell us through colors and designs that the world can be read through symbols, as in a written text. In the great American cultures these symbols were a kind of lingua franca and textiles a major art with many roles, among them to express that where words did not suffice.“

This didn’t happen only in great American cultures but all around the world in all civilizations

Inspired in traditional textiles we will try to rescue their weaving technique, designs, graphics, motifs and color palettes. We will search for the color scheme, predominant & complimentary colors and accents. Study their designs, the character of line and drawings, the texture and pattern in order to mingle and blend calligraphy with the textile arts. With this knowledge we will design alphabets that will resemble our textiles. It’s my intention to share with you my own experimentations and findings and hope you will find new solutions to your calligraphic compositions from this new perspective. We will add stitches and even make books with the use of the sewing machine.

So let´s start weaving!

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Marina's Bio


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961.

Degrees in Fine Arts (5 years studies) and Graphic Design (3 years studies). She began lecturing on Graphic Design and Editorial Design in the University of Buenos Aires, and latter on as an Associate Professor in Typography, 1998.


Marina attended International Calligraphy Conferences in USA & Europe, taking courses with well known calligraphers. In 2003 she was awarded with the ACA‘s scholarship.

She has received national & international awards and exhibited her pictorial and calligraphic works in Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Spain, Japan, Germany, Russia and Norway.


Her works are part of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, the Hans Joachim Burgert´s Collection in Berlin, the Klingspor Museum & the Hoefer Archive in Offenbach, the Arezzo Public Library, the Latin American Collection for the Yale University, the Savannah College of Arts, the Baylor University and the Otis Colleges of Arts, as well as the Harrison Collection at the San Francisco Public Library in amogst other private collections.


Marina has published articles in specialized magazines and her art works may be seen in: The Edge 26:1 Feb 2021 from UK & Letter Arts Review´s Annuals. In 2012, her work was extensively featured in LAR: 26:3 as well as Bound & Lettered 7:2, Novum 09:11 (Germany) & Letter Palet, Dec 2016:120 (Holland) Typo (Mexico) & several Argentine magazines and guild magazines around the world.


She works as an experimental calligrapher, book artist and continues to teach online courses since 2020. She travels the world sharing her ideas as a result of blending the calligraphic arts with other influences. This trips have taken her to Italy, Germany, USA, Australia, México, Puerto Rico, Canada, Norway, Finland and Belgium.


Since April 2021 she is part of the mentoring/mentee project of The Art of Letters, Singapore.


Her main interest is the experimental aspect of calligraphy. Her goal is to mingle and blend diverse disciplines: art, textile art, graphic design, sumi-e and calligraphy to challenge the limits of conceptual art and technique. Her strength lies on her creativity.

See Workshop Schedule Page for more information


FOTA Marina Soria


General Meeting

Monday, January 10, 2022

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


There will be a brief period of social time at 7:00 followed by business, 

and then the program will begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00 pm.


This will be a show and tell meeting, with members sharing about what they have been up to 

in the last few months. As calligraphers we are all inspired by others, and as it is the beginning of 

a New Year it's a great time to become inspired to focus on 

new avenues for creativity and self-discipline. 


With so many opportunities for learning and growth through online workshops 

none of us can take them all; thus it is important for us to share some of our adventures in online education with others. Please be prepared to show some of your efforts. 


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If so, two Facebook Pages have been created during the quarantine that are of interest to anyone who loves calligraphy!



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