“Play on writing/ Writing textures” with Denise Lach, March 13-15, 2020 at 9AM-5PM

The word texture comes from the Latin word ‘textura’ which means “yarn weaving”. It also applies to the links of the
chapters of a literary work, as well as the mineral constitution of rock. In the 15th Century, a gothic small letter was named “textura” which points out its precision and the way of interlacing each letter to write a word.
First, the participants will practice interlacing letters starting from their handwriting. Then, they’ll work on capital letters practicing their calligraphic knowledge. After which, they will progressively get free from readability and experiment with a playful approach leading to a very large range of writing textures.
The first objective of this workshop is to show how endless the possibilities of creating textures are and also the part they play in a composition. The second objective is to enrich graphic vocabulary and scriptural composition.

WHEN: March 13 -15, Friday, Saturday Sunday – 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

LIMIT: 18 Participants, members only. Scholarships are available for members in good standing.

UPDATE: this class is full. Please contact Elissa Barr penpusherink@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.

See the flyer for this workshop HERE.

Please fill the form to register. Once submitted, you will be redirected to payment page.

Denise Lach workshop – pay by PayPal

The total cost for this workshop is $185

Payments are welcome through PayPal. We greatly appreciate your effort to pay the registration fee electronically.

If you prefer to  mail a check, please send it payable to Masscribes, Inc., postmarked no earlier than Friday, January 10, 2020, to Elissa Barr, 697 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445. Please include your email address and phone number.

Enrollment is limited to 18 Masscribes members. If more than 18 enrollments are postmarked or made by PayPal on Friday, January 10th, 18 participants will be selected in a blind lottery from those enrollments.

You must be a Masscribes member to take this workshop. To pay your dues or to join Masscribes, include a separate check for $30 or join by PayPal on the Masscribes membership page.

Workshop fees are refundable only if your space can be filled from a wait list.

Questions? Please contact Workshop Coordinator Elissa Barr at: penpusherink@gmail.com

Barry Morentz, Japanese Boxes – April 26, 2019 at 9AM-5PM


In this workshop we’ll make two, possibly three, simple, elegant, Japanese-style folded boxes. The boxes are geometrics, formed from one long sheet of card stock scored and folded to create equal triangular shapes. The form can easily be expanded from a square to a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, etc. The first box will be made from heavyweight translucent Pergamenata stock, to understand the overall structure and assembly. The second box will be finished with Japanese papers. We will create decorative lids using avariety of techniques and finish them with beautiful beads or finials. The third box, time permitting, will be a variation by either expanding the number of sides or changing the folds.

WHEN: April 26, 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Norwood Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

Barry Morentz owns and operates his Manhattan studio where he creates calligraphic works and handmade books, boxes, and portfolios. He holds an MA in Medieval History, but abandoned pursuit of a doctorate in favour of an even less likely career in calligraphy. Initially self-taught, he began his formal calligraphic studies, primarily with Sheila Waters, in 1977, and eventually with almost every internationally recognized master. A seminal experience was participation in the Hermann Zapf Master Class at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, and subsequent paleographic studies in Rome and the Vatican Library. He has taught numerous workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and at five international Calligraphy Conferences.

Download the flyer with registration information HERE.