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Program: Envelope art

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Carol DuBosch

Join us for the fun as Carol DuBosch presents the many possibilities for using your art and calligraphy to make unique envelopes for your everyday mail! We all love to see our name “in lights”, and creatively addressing envelopes to friends and family is a great way to let them shine and know they are special.

Carol will share simple techniques to make your mail a piece of art and share her large collection of decorated envelopes.

Carol regularly enters and wins awards in the annual Graceful Envelope Contest, Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Washington D.C. Calligraphers Guild. She will present slides of her past entries, with sketches and drafts to show the design development.

Top Ten Reasons for Lettering Envelopes:

  1. You never have to decide what to write (names and addresses are given).
  2. Nobody will be offended by your choice of words.
  3. Choosing the right paper isn’t a problem – commercial envelopes are just fine.
  4. Only knowing one letter style is not a problem.
  5. You have a practical place to try out new “hands”.
  6. You can quickly get your efforts out of view – pop them in the mail. …for 7, 8, 9, 10 and MORE join us for Carol DuBosch’s presentation on “Envelope Art”.

Carol DuBosch's Biography:

Any day that I can open a bottle of ink, is a good day. It gets even better if I can create art, make a mark-making tool, or teach what I know to someone. Words are my muse and I love being able to use them as a lettering artist. When I hear the words, I ponder them, and savor them for a spell and then interact with them using art materials. It is absolutely the best job ever.

I have been a calligrapher in Portland, Oregon since I was first introduced to nibs and ink in 1959 as a high school art student. In the 58 years since, I have gained a degree in Graphic Design and have studied with every major calligrapher in the US and Europe. I have been teaching college level and private classes in the Northwest along with workshops throughout the United States and most recently in Italy. I have directed three International Calligraphy Conferences in Portland, bringing 500 scribes together for a week of studying and sharing.

I am interested in every aspect of the field of calligraphy, from the formal invitation to writing on walls. I enjoy seeking out ways to stretch the boundaries of my art. As a life-long learner, I am always looking forward to the next new thing.