Letters of Joy

Letters of JoyIn 1980, Kathleen Joy O’Brien, the calligrapher and teacher who had inspired many calligraphers in the Puget Sound Area, died of cancer. Kathleen had been secretary to the president of Edmonds Community College. Through this close association, ECC became a hub for calligraphy classes and workshops and, in 1981, the initial site for Letters of Joy.

The newly formed Write On Calligraphers wanted to honor Kathleen’s memory, by passing on her love of calligraphy and related art forms, with a mini-conference. The first Letters of Joy, was held in February of 1981.

The first conference was a one-day event, consisting of a workshop and an evening lecture with local calligrapher and graphic designer Tim Girvin. It included an exhibit of Kathleen’s work. Seventy-five people attended.

Typically the first weekend in May, Letters of Joy includes a Friday evening lecture with the featured speaker followed on Saturday with approximately 20 instructors who teach a wide variety of classes focusing on calligraphy and complementary art for calligraphers. Included in the teaching is the keynote speaker who also teaches three sessions of his or her class, so that almost all attendees will be able sample the teaching style and learn a new technique or two. Participants enjoy choosing three of the offered 2-hour classes.

National and local vendors offer everything from the latest calligraphy tools and toys to decorative papers and crafted items; two silent auctions round out the days’ activities.

Letters of Joy was not be held in the year 2018 freeing up Board Members to concentrate on Seattletters!

Letters of Joy

Returns the first weekend of May 3-4, 2019
Green River College
12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA
This is a new venue that we are looking forward to using.
Please join us for this anticipated event once again!

LOJ2019 FEATURED SPEAKER

Gemma Black will be our keynote speaker in May of 2019. See our Keynote Speaker page.

LOJ2019 EVENT INFORMATION PAGE

Check out this page of our Website for more details: LOJ2019 Event Information Page

LOJ2019 AT GREEN RIVER COLLEGE DETAILS

We will be in two close-together buildings, Cascade and Salish.

Friday we will be in Cascade for our key-note speaker, vendors, silent auction, scribes table, calligraphy exhibit, and refreshments.

Saturday, we will have our classes in Salish, a short, fairly-level distance from Cascade. Lunch and snacks, vendors, etc. will be in Cascade.

LOJ VOLUNTEERS

WOC and LOJ are led and run by Volunteers. The list of those heading a committee need your help. Would you consider helping and letting us know where we can count on you? Thank you! Please select where you would like to participate and email the information to dhammock4@gmail.com or call 206-817-1617

Silent Auction – Chairs: Lisa Tsang & Sharyn Sowell
•April 30, 2019 Basket Building for Silent Auction; Location – Lake Forest Park
•May 3, 2019 Monitoring Silent Auction Items; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
•May 4, 2019 Monitoring Silent Auction Items; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus

LOJ folder bundling – Chair: Brigitte Hefferan
May 1, 2019 Button & Folder Party; Location – Mukilteo

Vendors – Chair: Mary McLeod
•May 3, 2019 Assist Vendors Set-Up; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus

Instructors – Chairs: Nan Robkin & Kathy Barker
•May 3, 2019 Assist Classroom Set-Up; Beginning at 5:00 PM; Location – Salish Hall, GRC Campus

Exhibits – Chair: Susan Gayle Welsh
•May 3, 2019 Assist Displaying Exhibit Pieces; Location – Cascade Hall
•May 4, 2019 Assist Dismantling Exhibit Grid; Location – Cascade Hall

Registration – Chair: Sue Gruhn
•May 3, 2019 Assist in Distribution of LOJ Folders and name Buttons; Location – just outside Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
•May 4, 2019 Assist in Distribution of LOJ Folders and name Buttons; Location – just outside Cascade Hall, GRC Campus

Hospitality – Chairs: Janice & Nancy Hammock
•May 3, 2019 Cut and Serve Cake Following Lecture; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
All LOJ participants must be at least 16 years of age.

SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

Introducing our able Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction this year, are Lisa Tsang and Sharyn Sowell!

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION! To help raise funds in support of Write On Calligraphers 501(c)3 nonprofit, a silent auction is traditionally held on May 3-4, 2019.

gently used art/calligraphy supplies books

  • calligraphy
  • book arts
  • paper crafts
  • card making
  • magazines – Bound & Lettered, Letter Arts Review, Somerset
  • original artwork
  • prints
  • paper
  • tools
  • frames
  • cards
  • stamping supplies
  • bookmaking supplies
  • gift certificates from your favorite art stores, gift shops, restaurants, and sporting event tickets (Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, etc)
  • gift cards from your favorite coffee shops

Please contact the volunteer closest to your area to arrange your donation drop-off by April 12, 2019. You can print off the Donation Form to use when you drop off your donation. All Donation forms can be given to either Lisa or Sharyn and a thank you card and receipt will be mailed to the donor.

Volunteer Donation Drop Off Locations as follows and THANKS SO MUCH for your generous donations:

Eastside: Sue Gruhn, sps1200@frontier.com
Poulsbo and Surrounding Area: Elaine Hovey, elainehovey@gmail.com
Seattle: Janice and Nancy Hammock, jdhammock4@gmail.com
North End/Mukilteo: Brigitte Hefferan, brigittehefferan@msn.com
Edmonds: Gayle Waddle-Wilkes, nibnut@hotmail.com
Mt Vernon: Sharyn Sowell, russellandsharyn@gmail.com
Bellevue/South End: Lisa Tsang, lisa.tsang@outlook.com

The bundling party is scheduled for April 30th at Carol Rutte’s house.
The folder/button party will be held at Brigitte’s house on May 1, 2019.

LOJ2019 SILENT AUCTION DONATION FORM 

CLASS SAMPLES LOJ2014

Letters of Joy Instructors

Hover over (or touch) the image to view the right & left arrows. Click through to see the LOJ instructors’ class projects.

Nancy Anderson

Quick! Capture the Message Live!

Nancy Anderson

Quick! Capture the Message Live!

Nancy Anderson

Quick! Capture the Message Live!

Nancy Anderson

Quick! Capture the Message Live!

Suzie Beringer

Rise Above the Ordinary with Dry Embossing

Suzie Beringer

Rise Above the Ordinary with Dry Embossing

Suzie Beringer:

Rise Above the Ordinary with Dry Embossing

Mare Blocker:

Linked Blanket Stitch Binding

Jocelyn Curry

Versals for Everyday Use

Caitlin Dundon

Paper, Paint, Pattern and Pen

Caitlin Dundon

Paper, Paint, Pattern and Pen

Caitlin Dundon

Paper, Paint, Pattern and Pen

Caitlin Dundon

Paper, Paint, Pattern and Pen

Gretchen Ehrsam

Easy Stamp Carving

Kay Lewis

Parallel Pens are not just for Lettering

Kay Lewis

Parallel Pens are not just for Lettering

Kay Lewis

Parallel Pens are not just for Lettering

Kay Lewis

Parallel Pens are not just for Lettering

Katherine Malmsten

Charming Chalkboards

Nan Robkin

Coptic Envelope Book

Nan Robkin

Coptic Envelope Book

Nan Robkin

Coptic Envelope Book

Nan Robkin

Coptic Envelope Book

Linda Schneider

Beautiful Brush Script

Linda Schneider

Beautiful Brush Script

Linda Schneider

Beautiful Brush Script

Linda Schneider

Beautiful Brush Script

Linda Schneider

Beautiful Brush Script

Christy Schroeder

Whimsical Letters

Cathy Shiovitz

Making Foundational Pop

Tonnie Wolfe

Enhance your Calligraphy with Stencils