Society for Calligraphy, Southern California

Designing a Certificate, African Style


Saturday, October 19

10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday, October 20

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


The production of an illuminated address is multi-faceted and includes skill with the wording, layout, heraldry, gilding, calligraphy, lettering and decoration. With our limited time, we will focus on four key aspects: briefly on wording and layout, but in more detail on the creative rendering of the recipient’s name and the decoration. The name of the recipient is always the main feature of an illuminated address. It must be unique and special. We will focus on developing ways of writing and enhancing the name. Along the way we’ll delve into wonderful, uncharted waters in the decoration of the piece. The old saying “Always something new out of Africa” (Pliny the Elder) is as apt now as it was 2000 years ago. African design, especially for textile is as deep as it is wide. You will produce a small illuminated address to be presented to someone you think deserves some acknowledgement: your mother, perhaps; someone who has served your community; someone who did something heroic ... it could simply be a birthday gift.



Andrew van der Merwe


SfC sponsored


Kristi Darwick


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Cal State University, Long Beach Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Corner of Anaheim Rd and Palo Verde. Park in Lot E6 at the south end of Palo Verde Ave.

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