Recommended Lettering Resource: IAMPETH Website and Conference
I began my lettering journey a little less than two years ago, but I’ve admired calligraphy almost my entire life. When I was about eight years old, one of my babysitters brought her fountain pen collection with her to show us how to do basic calligraphy. The bulk of her pen selection and all of her practice materials featured parallel and chisel tip pens and although I was curious about calligraphy, that particular aesthetic just didn’t appeal to me. To be honest, it still doesn’t. So when I took my very first brush lettering course which was based on copperplate calligraphy, I nearly jumped out of my chair from excitement. That course lead to me taking a pointed pen copperplate course and from there I was hooked. Now I can’t get enough of lettering, calligraphy, flourishing, slant lines, x-heights, techniques, workshops, and devouring every resource on traditional penmanship I can find. I eat it up like candy! You can imagine my delight, then, when I stumbled across the IAMPETH website.
IAMPETH stands for The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. The IAMPETH website is a treasure trove of free resources for those who are serious about studying traditional forms of lettering and calligraphy and includes handwriting lessons, instructional videos, digitized rare books, and much, much more. I have spent hours and hours on this website and I still haven’t scratched the surface!
I was thrilled then, when a friend of mine encouraged me to consider attending this year’s IAMPETH conference in Atlanta, Georgia from July 6th-11th. If everything goes as planned, I’ll be there! It’s a week full of amazing courses, demonstrations, networking, and growth and the coordinators have done their very best to keep registration costs to a minimum. Sound like something that’s right up your alley? I thought so!
Here are just a few important pieces of information to keep in mind as you plan for the conference:
- Priority enrollment for courses is given to IAMPETH members before being released to the general public. Membership is extremely affordable (average cost is $35 for the year) and can be easily achieved on the IAMPETH website by selecting the Membership tab in the main menu.
- Registration information for the conference is released in February of each year and opens one month later, in March. Courses fill up extremely fast, so you’ll want to make sure your membership is active and you are ready to register for the conference in March just as soon as it opens up so that you can have the best chance of securing your desired courses before they fill up.
- Once you become a member, you will gain access to the members only section of the website where you can join or start a forum discussion to coordinate a roommate (or roommates) for the conference to help keep the cost of the conference to a minimum.
In short, the IAMPETH conference is an excellent opportunity for you to grow as a calligrapher, artist, and student each year – especially if your thirst for technical advancement in the art of handwriting is as insatiable as mine.
So what do you say? Will I be seeing you in Atlanta in July? I hope so!
Until Next Time My Friends,
The Taylor of all Trades