I am so excited to announce the pending Premiere Issue of Dasherie Magazine. I have long considered publishing a newsletter and/or magazine and this venture has been over 20 years in the making. While calligraphy has been a lifelong pursuit, my college education was focused on Communication (media & interpersonal) and English with a dual concentration in literature and writing. I intended to become a reporter but decided early in my career, after a terror-inducing interview process with the local Fox network, the news media world was not for me.
In the early 1990’s, I was smitten with a small handmade newsletter called, “Cook and Tell” which was written and hand illustrated by a lovely woman named Karyl Bannister. We shared a love of good recipes, quirky writing, hand lettering, and Southport Island, Maine where she lived and I spent my summers. I dreamed of creating a similar hand done newsletter featuring calligraphy for scrapbookers, photographers, and others who might be interested in hand lettering. This was before I had ever met another calligrapher so little did I know there were so many more like me, who loved fine hand lettering!
As time went on, I got married, had a baby, then another, then another. The newsletter idea always stayed with me but I never had the opportunity to make it happen. While I enjoyed the years I spent working in human resources, I used to daydream about starting a magazine. I’ve always enjoyed writing and over the years have put my education to good use writing many articles for the homeopathic medical and autism communities. Additionally, I’ve had a camera in my hand almost as long as I have been practicing calligraphy. My love for calligraphy, photography, and writing seemed the perfect combination for a magazine.
After launching Paperwhite Studio in 2001 and having the opportunity to expand my calligraphy and lettering skills, I feel the time has come to share everything I have learned over the years with others. Launching the Flourish Forum was the first step in sharing my love of lettering. And finally, I am making my dreams come true by creating Dasherie Magazine.
Dasherie will feature the best of the best in the calligraphy and lettering world. As a lettering & design artist, I am constantly awed by the contemporary calligraphers designing with both classic and modern calligraphy. Both a resource and showcase, Dasherie seeks to feature the beautiful hand-lettering of today’s most sought after lettering artists and share insight into what inspires them, how they got their start, tips for learners, and more. In addition to inspiration for calligraphers, Dasherie will also be the premier resource for those looking for wedding and party invitations, birth announcements, and home decor featuring calligraphy and hand lettering.
The first issue of Dasherie will be published Summer 2014 and will be available as both a PDF and printed magazine sent via mail. Sign up for our blog notifications so we can keep you updated on our publishing schedule and featured content.
I hope you will join me in discovering all the wonderful things happening in the calligraphy, lettering, and design world. After all, Dasherie is for you … for hearts that love letters.