…should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new. The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied.
Abigail Adams to her husband, President John Adams. December 23, 1782
The love of letters, by all definitions, is the heart of this class. In the 18th and 19th centuries, passionate letters of love were exchanged between artists, writers, poets and socialites. Some of them were done in fine calligraphic hands, some illustrated, and others collaged.
We will experiment with letterforms and writing tools using poetry of both modern and classics styles. You will collage postcards and letters that will fit into a decorated folio that we will make together. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to be where you are.
We will practice some calligraphic techniques, illustration, mapmaking and storytelling in this class to develop a passionate correspondence. You can write to a lover, mythical or real, a friend, a child or partner, or yourself. You do need to be a dreamer of dreams, and a lover of love.
A scholarship for this program has been generously donated by Jill Berry.
About the Instructor
Jill is a mixed-media artist, teacher, and mom in the Rocky Mountains who makes story-telling structures. Her work involves social issues, maps, symbols, houses, housewives, and the mystique of charisma. Her artwork can be seen in Letter Arts Review, Somerset Studio, Cloth, Paper Scissors, numerous books and publications. Her handmade books are in the collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Denver Public Library, and private collections. She has taught at three universities and retreats both nationally and in Italy. She feels that art is essential and accessible to everybody!
Her first book, “Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Map Making” was published in November 2011.