During this hands-on Type West workshop, students will gain an understanding of the Imperial Roman Alphabet, utilizing an inside-out approach to these timeless letterforms. While learning the special characteristics and “personality” of the brush contrasted with hard-tool calligraphy, they’ll practice the essential elements of the classical Roman letterform. Before the workshop is completed, students will be able to write the entire alphabet in the same manner as an ancient Roman inscription maker would prior to cutting letters into stone. A short inscription cutting demonstration will be provided as an addition to the class.
Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the 2022 Type West In-Person Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.
Paul Herrera’s calligraphy and lettering training was done exclusively with Reverend Edward M. Catich beginning in 1967. Paul worked as inscription cutter and calligraphy seminar assistant with Father Catich until the time of his death in 1979. At that point Paul was invited to teach Father Catich’s classes at St. Ambrose University and would continue to do so until 1989.
Paul also served as a faculty member of six international calligraphy conventions. They include the following: “The Calligraphy Connection” held at St. John’s University in Minnesota 1981 and 1984; “The California Experience” held at Scripps College in Claremont, California 1985; “Innovations” held at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey 1986; “Calligraphy Northwest” held at the University of Portland, Oregon in 1987; and “A Show of Hands” in Ashland, North Carolina in 2016. Paul joined forces with John Downer in a workshop for TypeCon 2013 and lectured at TypeCon 2015 in Denver, Colorado; TypeCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington; and TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
During his forty year career, Paul has conducted numerous lettering seminars for calligraphy organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He continued inscription work for Wichita State University, an architectural firm in Chicago, as well as for individual clients. Additionally, he was a watercolor and calligraphy instructor at the former Davenport Municipal Art Gallery from 1973 – 1984. He now works full time in his studio and offers workshops in brush writing and stone inscription.