The Social Calligraphy Collective is all about gathering to spark creativity in community, to grow our calligraphy skills, and dream ways to use art to inspire change.

What is a “social calligraphy collective”?

The busyness of life can squeeze out the important-but-not-urgent things, like creativity, relationships, and generosity. Hopefully this collective will help make room to:

  • Dream of how we can use words to spark transformation

  • Practice your skills and experiment with new calligraphy tools

  • Socialize and ignite your creative energy while giving to a great cause

We gather for pen practice meetups to write notes of encouragement that are donated to women and youth in recovery.

We host community building events using lettering to build bridges.

Sponsored by the Neighbourhood Small Grants program by the Vancouver Foundation, we’re so excited for this opportunity to create some new connections.

 Photo by Danielle Mah, the unbranded Lifestyle

Photo by Danielle Mah, the unbranded Lifestyle

The Story of How It All Began…

It only takes a spark…that spark was my friend’s recent Instagram photo of Uppercase Magazine’s cover feature issue on calligraphy. Because sharing my passion for calligraphy is like eating candy to me, I offered to teach her. Another friend chimed into the thread, wanting in on it. By the time we moved it over to email, our fire was stoked. (Side story, we almost all ended up at Granville Island’s Paper Ya and Opus Art on Sunday…instead we ran into each other online! When it’s meant to be, nothing gets in the way!)

A divine convergence emerged as we fired emails back and forth late into the night:

  • We all have childhood stories of our hearts ignited for calligraphy.

  • We all believe in the power of beautiful words to build rather than destroy.

  • We all are experiencing a reawakening to engage our creative muscles, not only for our own expression, but also for the greater good.

  • We all have a heart for social justice and communicating with purpose.

Jazzed from the creative synergy of a “craft jam” I hosted the night before, and inspired by my recent branding conversations with another friend to build a business that fights for social justice, the idea for a “social calligraphy collective” was born.

 
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Vancouver Lettering Community

You’ll also want to check out the community hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Vancouver Lettering Community. They meet regularly with fun and casual lettering “assignments” or projects (mini pumpkins, anyone?) in coffee shops around town. You can find the latest news and lettering tips over on Instagram.