Letterform Archive – The Trajan Inscription in Slate


The Trajan Inscription in Slate

The Trajan Inscription in Slate
with Paul Herrera

Co-presented by Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library
Lecture at SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Tue, Jul 26, 2022
6:00pm–7:30pm PT

Join us at the San Francisco Public Library for a Letterform Lecture with Paul Herrera, who will talk about his inspiration, motivation, and process of creating the Trajan Inscription in slate. He'll illustrate how and where he first began his journey as a letter cutter and will shed light on how he became interested in such an ancient craft, the rewards of such a voluntary apprenticeship, and the experiences and relationships that led to the challenge of replicating this famous Roman inscription.

This and all Letterform Lectures are a public aspect of the Type West postgraduate certificate program. The series is co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library where events are free and open to all. We encourage registration, but it is not required to attend and no tickets are checked at the door.

About Paul Herrera

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.

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