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Offline Erica McPhee

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Re: Calligraphy: Share the Craft, Preserve the Trade
« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2021, 03:00:25 PM »
@Wanderful Writs  That is GREAT to hear! So happy to know you have been working away at your business and excited for you are you branch into teaching flourishing! Keep up the hard work and enjoying the process.  :-*
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Re: Calligraphy: Share the Craft, Preserve the Trade
« Reply #61 on: September 26, 2021, 08:19:42 AM »
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growing segment of newcomers who bridged the gap by starting with modern calligraphy and then decided they wanted to go deeper and learn traditional styles.

So does it matter? Some would say no as we always need to adapt and change with the times, and like it or not, this is how it works in our world today. I would argue it matters a great deal. It isn't about the differences between us, it's about the quality of work we produce and share with others. It's how what we do effects not just us, but an entire industry. As a calligrapher, I have always felt a great responsibility to do my best to help preserve the integrity of both the craft and the trade.

However, I hope people will take an honest look at their work, solicit constructive and forthright feedback from other professionals, and ask themselves if they can offer a quality service and product which upholds the value of not just the market, but the trade as well.

What a profound blog post @Erica McPhee and a joy to read.

My first online six month class was modern.  Within two weeks I realized what I wanted was not so I switched to pointed pen (though the course was still modern she instructed with brush and pointed pen) and I pushed through the end knowing I needed to find what I found out was called "copperplate".

I was relieved that my interests were purely self-edification vs. business.  It has taken pressure off of me for I know the time it would take me to rise to such a standard I shall probably not live that long being almost 62 now.

So glad FF is a real, thriving entity.  Thanks for all that you are doing, Ms. M.
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Re: Calligraphy: Share the Craft, Preserve the Trade
« Reply #62 on: September 26, 2021, 11:27:21 AM »
Thank you for your kind words! It really does take the pressure off to just learn for your own enjoyment. And then perhaps once you know this is something you are truly vested in, then comes the business side if you so desire. We are very glad you delved into calligraphy deeper and became such a valuable part of our community!  :-*
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Re: Calligraphy: Share the Craft, Preserve the Trade
« Reply #63 on: September 26, 2021, 03:59:00 PM »
Thank you for your kind words! It really does take the pressure off to just learn for your own enjoyment. And then perhaps once you know this is something you are truly vested in, then comes the business side if you so desire. We are very glad you delved into calligraphy deeper and became such a valuable part of our community!  :-*

Not sure if you remember, but several months back a friend asked me to address envelopes for her daughter's baby shower.  I was SO stressed with the whole proposal.  Knowing I was not up to the task was probably the reason why.  IG buds commented "She has seen your calligraphy if she did not like it she would not have asked."  That made sense, so on I went trying to answer her seemingly simple question, "How much will you charge?"  Fast forwarding I was SO relieved when she came back with the message that "her daughter decided against my 'services'.  She felt the money could be better spent."  Hallelujah!!  I was SO relieved.  Should that EVER happen again I know how to respond.  Off the rip, "No, thank you.  But, I can point you in the direction of a wonderful calligrapher."

Amen.
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