Gemma Black, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Calligraphy, Its History, Its Mystery, and Its Wonder”

Where: Reed College, Psychology 105
When: Friday, February 2, 7:00 pm
Please note change of date and location for the February member meeting.

Portland Society for Calligraphy is proud to present internationally recognized calligrapher Gemma Black from Tasmania, Australia. In 1991 Gemma received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe. She is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK.

Gemma teaches for organizations throughout Australia and has also joined the faculty at international lettering art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada, and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK; the European Parliament; Letterform Archive, San Francisco; and Parliament House, Canberra.

Her area of expertise is calligraphic history: evolution of the western alphabet from the Roman period through to the 21st century. Gemma shares her passion and love for letterforms with enthusiasm.

Gemma last lectured in Portland at Calligraphy Northwest 2012, an international lettering arts conference.

A few lucky PSC members were chosen by lottery to participate in Gemma’s workshop on Versals and Compound Letterforms while she is here in town. Her Watercolor Monumental Trajans workshop is close to being full; registration forms are still being accepted.

We are honored to have her join us here in Portland and hope you will bring friends and fellow artists to hear her informative lecture.

For more information and to view Gemma’s artwork go to