Workshops: past, present, future

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2015 by Yves Leterme


Last week I returned from my yearly Spring tour. This time my trip lasted three and a half weeks during which I visited New Orleans, Ottawa, Kalamazoo and Iowa City. Plenty of things to see, plenty of time spent with nice people and eager students. These weeks are always so intense, compared to my normal life between desk, computer and bed, but I like every minute of it.

On my webpage (see ‘workshops’) I posted some collage-pictures of the places I ‘v been asked to come and teach in the past years. If you or your guild would want me to conduct a workshop next year, let me know: if possible, we can arrange for another tour and keep the travel costs to a minimum.

One of my favourite workshops is the one in which I take my students from formal Italic to gestural Italic, explaining all the principles and revealing all the secrets (or at least the ones I know about). I made a little video about it and put it on Youtube.  Please, feel free to share.

This year, I’m teaching a few workshops in Germany. I recently taught in Hamburg and Niederainbach. In the near future I’ll add Nördlingen and Stuttgart to that list and in Fall, there’ll be a workshop for Klingspor and one in Hamburg again. I love teaching, so keep it coming – I seriously consider any proposal that comes my way.

These days, I’m involved with Spencerian. It’s something I never tried so far, but it’s already becoming an addiction. Nothing decent enough to show yet, but I hope one day…

O.K., that’s about it for the update now.

Thanks for reading,


Thoughtful Gestures available as e-book

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 by Yves Leterme

Announcement e-book

Since my first book Thoughtful Gestures went out of print two years ago, I received numerous requests from calligraphers and students for a copy and each time I felt sorry I had to disappoint them. Now, I can offer the e-book version, to which I added an extented gallery of another 16 pages, showing more recent work. The e-book can be ordered for only 12 euro, but the really good news is that it’s completely FREE for all who bought or will buy the Litterae-box. Call me crazy, but I merely wanted to make a ‘thoughtful gesture’. For more info on how to order or contact me, see attachment.

Litterae-box available

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2014 by Yves Leterme

Dear all,

It is not without pride that I want to present my Litterae-project. I chose 24 Latin texts, rendered them thoughtfully into calligraphy, translated the quote and commented upon it and its author. The result is a 24 cards-set, which is put into a nice looking box along with a booklet full of background information. I went to great lenghts of trouble realizing it, paying the utmost attention to every single detail of the process, and I’m very happy with the result. In a sense, it combines my two professions and passions: Ancient Rome and calligraphy. I can have some peace now, … unless you overwhelm me with orders, which I wouldn’t mind that much ;-)
The set is (or will be) available through John Neal, but you can also order directly through me (in that case, there’s a nice discount on group orders, an additional present of 3 Litterae-bookmarks and reduced shipping costs). For more info, pictures and ordering, send a mail to or visit I also made a presentation video of Litterae and put it up on Youtube and Vimeo. Here’s the link to Vimeo: Hope you’ll enjoy watching it.


‘Litterae’ is coming…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2014 by Yves Leterme

It felt like bungeejumping – not that I ever did that though. I had checked about a hundred times all my designs and texts but it was still with a trembling finger that I clicked the send-button to send it all off to the printer. In the coming week, thousands of cards, boxes and booklets will be delivered at my doorstep for me to assemble them and then (hopefully) ship them to whoever wants a copy.

Litterae will presented as a box containing 24 A5 cards with Latin texts in calligraphy. All texts are translated and commented with further illustrations. It will provide information on the Latin authors, the chosen quotes and why I interpreted the texts the way I did.

I turned out that I didn’t print enough copies of my book ‘Thoughtful Gestures’ three years ago, so this time I made sure I’ll be able to deliver.

So stay tuned – I’ll announce it very soon with all details. Here’s a little teaser for now.Image

Two things…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2014 by Yves Leterme

Hi all,

Two things… I want to announce two workshops I’ll give in Hamburg from 7 til 10 November 2014. One is on pointed brush (see picture) and the other is on flat brush Rustics. If you’re interested you can contact me ( and then I’ll put you in contact with the organizer, Anja Luedtke.

The other thing I wanted to say is that I’ve been working very hard on a series of 24 calligraphic interpretations of  some of my favourite Latin texts. Along with the prints, there’s additional information about the author, the chosen text and the reasons why I opted for that particular approach. As I wanted this collection to be the result of my very best efforts in writing and composing, I have been picky in choosing and merciless in refining, but now that the end is in sight, I’m very glad with the result so far. It is meant not only to speak to calligraphers but also to anyone who’s interested in the Roman legacy. I hope to bundle them shortly and publish them. You’ll surely get to hear more about it, but I wanted to send this notification ahead already.

Thank you for your attention,



Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2013 by Yves Leterme

Touring days

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2013 by Yves Leterme


I’m back home after two extensive tours, one in the Northern States of America and one in West Canada (eleven stops in total). There’s still one more trip to the US two weeks from now, the Colorado Conference and that will be the end of my traveling days for this year. We’re busy planning a tour in the US for Spring next year that will most probably bring me to Boize, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs, perhaps also Boston, and I hope to add a few more to the schedule (contact me if you’re interested).

Everything went exceedlingly well: planes on time, delightful hosts and students, good food, fun time in and out of the classroom and enough time off to do some sightseeing or simply relax with a book.

Now, back home, I made a TO DO-list which keeps staring at me for quite a few things can’t be crossed that easily from it. A thorough editing of my handouts, preparing for an exhibition, writing a new book … and tending the garden, painting the woodwork etc…

Well, I guess that instead of updating my blog, I might as well get started on a couple of minor things on that list.



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