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Rocklin resident pens out ancient art form

Modern Calligraphy workshop on Saturday
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Phawnda Moore loves to write. In fact, her carefully structured and often-times colorful letters appear on posters, wedding invitations and in books. In an era when most communication has gone electronic, Moore is using ancient art of calligraphy to share information. “Calligraphy is an art,” she explained. “It is an art form that has been with us since the beginning of communication.” The Rocklin resident became interested in the art form nearly 30 years ago while studying art. She heard a presentation by a professor from Delta College, who demonstrated how to make letters and flourishes. “I loved what he was doing,” she said. “I wanted to bring it into my life.” Moore admits that she has long enjoyed projects that involved working with her hands, so studying calligraphy seemed a natural service to offer her clients. A self-described graphics communications specialist, Moore has partnered with a number of self-published authors and publishers as well as a number of medical corporations. In addition to editing and production services, Moore’s calligraphy has enhanced both the cover and interior of a number of publications. She has also been commissioned to develop publications for California fruit growers, including pistachio, kiwifruit and table grape associations. Several individuals have hired her to create framed versions of their wedding vows or prayers for their homes, while some businesses wanted to put the mission statement on display. While she admits that calligraphy is a very complex process, Moore knows how to simplify the process for beginners. “I have retired many times from teaching,” she laughed. “I taught in San Francisco, Lodi, at Sierra College, at the Learning Exchange and at different recreation departments in the area.” Earlier this fall, she conducted a series of calligraphy classes at the Crocker Art Museum. During this weekend’s Second Saturday at the Rocklin Library, Moore will teach a free two-hour workshop on modern calligraphy. The workshop will be repeated on Jan. 14. “With every complex process, you need to break it down — start with the familiar,” she said. Moore will give an overview of the art form’s history, followed by a demonstration of the various forms of letters and explain the types of tools needed as well as introduce participants to the some basic lettering and suggestions for using it. “There are all kinds of applications (for calligraphy) that will present themselves,” she said. “you can use the same techniques for card designs and signs. It’s a nice way to have it look a little more professional.” Still, calligraphy requires patience and practice. As with any other art form, Moore stressed, “you need to let it be and let it grow,” she said. “It will take its own direction.” While she admits she has tried to commit to four hours once a week to devote to her personal art projects, Moore admits that she can get distracted. But she finds inspiration in Madeline LeEngle’s book, “Walking on Water.” The renowned author writes about Kairos, the experience of the right or opportune moment when something special happens. It’s the “aha” moment when an idea comes to the surface and the artist translates into either the written or visual form. “Art has a way of taking over and making its own purpose,” she said. _______ Ancient artwork What:?Modern Calligraphy Who: Taught by Phawnda Moore When: 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 10 and Jan. 14 Where: Rocklin Library, 4890 Granite Dr. Seating limited. Registration required; call Eve Nyren at 624-3133