Friday, November 03, 2017

Meet Calligrapher Eleanor Winters

For the last few months I have been glued to master calligrapher Eleanor Winters Copperplate book.
I took a Copperplate pointed pen class with Eleanor back in 2005 though not much remains.
Then I spotted a tiny sign in Melodie Graphiques window in September. Eleanor would be teaching a 6-week Copperplate class in Paris. The class starts next Wednesday. I can't wait!
Yesterday I went to re-meet with Eleanor who lives half the year in Paris and half in Brooklyn.
I know you'll want to see every bottle of ink on her desk.
Even if the labels have worn off..
A gazillion pens
More pens
A wonderful work station. Drool.
Some lovely hand lettered thank you notes on Eleanor's desk.
We went out for a coffee at Eleanor's 'local' a cafe with no name. It really is called Le Cafe Sans Nom.
She is surrounded by lovely calligraphy
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And left. A good neighborhood for a calligrapher to move into. After we parted I went back to check her Franprix...
For butter. There was a ton of the good stuff. A skip back to Eleanor's small marchΔ™ for a choufleur and the vender offered me a big tray of mixed tomatoes for 1 euro. You can't say no. I knocked on Eleanor's window. 
Please take some tomotoes! 
Not only did she take half but gave me her easy recipe for chunky fresh tomato sauce:
When you saute the garlic for the tomato sauce, be sure to include a chopped-up onion.  (How could I forget?)  They don’t need to be browned, just cooked till soft, then add the tomatoes (also chopped) and seasonings.  I think purists would peel the tomatoes, but I don’t bother.  I o tend to add one of those small jars of prepared tomato sauce (they have them at any supermarket; I usually buy something simple, not any of the ones with meat) which makes the sauce a little thicker and adds flavor as well.  I think it’s one of those idiot-proof things to make — very hard to spoil!
Videos of le cafe No Name and glorious French butter on my INSTAGRAM
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Thank you Eleanor and Bonne week-end

27 comments:

  1. Suzanne Y10:10 AM

    WOW, you met THE Eleanor Winters!!
    She is in Paris, teaching?
    Soooo, you'll be doing some pointed pen??

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    1. Class starts next wednesday at Melodie Graphics
      Come join us πŸ˜€πŸ–Œ✒️πŸ–‹✒️

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  2. Eleanor Winters10:25 PM

    Wowee! This is so great!

    THANK YOU!!

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  3. How lucky for you...can't wait to see what you learn!

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  4. Have FUUUUNNNNNNN.Exciting..you will be fab.

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  5. Barb S10:41 AM

    So. So. Cool! You are such an artist!
    I never tire of Paris Breakfast ! You never know which Parisienne road you will travel next! I love following you!

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  6. Kathy H10:55 AM

    So fun!

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  7. I love calligraphy, but here in California they no longer teach cursive so I worry what is going to happen. They claim not to have time to work it in the curriculum.

    That tomato sauce looks delish.

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    1. You wouldn't believe how many workshops are on in CA.
      A big comeback!πŸ–‹πŸ–Œ✒️

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    2. In southern CA, cursive has been making a comeback. It isn't everywhere as Palmer Method was in the 40's, but it's still alive!

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  8. Postcards from Philly11:25 AM

    Looks like you are in for a fun time with your calligraphy friend in her class.

    Looking forward to seeing what you end up doing.

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  9. Carol, I have a question for Eleanor: Has she ever taught a left-handed student? I'm a lefty and have avoided calligraphy for that reason. Does she have any pointers or book recommendations? Thanks, Roseann

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    1. Leftys are always included. There are plenty of fine Sout paw calligraphers. You are not alone. I sill check her book as well.

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    2. Eleanor Winters5:32 AM

      Hi Roseann, Yes, I have taught lots of left-handed calligraphers! Depending on which style of calligraphy you are interested in, there are various techniques. For broad-edged pen calligraphy, there are left-handed nibs (cut obliquely), and for pointed pen you just use a straight penholder instead of the oblique Copperplate penholder that right-handed calligraphers use. You also need to find a good position for your paper so you always write with your hand below the writing line. Good luck! It's a bit steeper learning curve than for right-handed students, but there are lots of lefties doing beautiful calligraphy. -- Eleanor

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    3. Eleanor- Thank you so much for answering my question. Calligraphy is something that I learned in grammar school and often think of picking it up again. I'll have to look for those left-handed nibs. Luckily, I always write with my hand below the writing line... Avante.

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  10. Well! Thanks for telling us how Eleanor makes fresh tomato sauce. I have a half flat of rather uninteresting looking tomatoes from Costco that I need to use soon. I bought them to make an eggplant, pepper and tomato soup but my eggplant "went bad," and it's raining so I'm NOT going to town today for any reason. I will definitely make that today, the fresh tomato sauce, that is.
    I really love the way French calligraphy looks. Is it routinely taught to French school children? I think so.

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    1. French kids are still tauht ecriture cursive. Copperplate is a different animal altogether. You'll find it on your bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy....much more elegant.
      Curently I am doing Fr school cursive on the Paris letter envelopes...ahem
      I hope to improve in Eleanore's class!!

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    2. Eleanor Winters5:35 AM

      Hi Caterina, I really am not an expert chef at all (!) but tomato sauce is EASY. If you add some mushrooms to your onions and garlic, it's even better. Bon appetit! Eleanor

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  11. How wonderful that you will be able to learn from her in person! My teacher was a Hallmark employee (KC is their headquarters) whom I will not name because my calligraphy is scandalously bad! Thru no fault of hers....personal instruction definitely cleared u a lot of questions...if only I could get myself to follow through and practice more!!!

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    1. The practicing is the best part. I look at it as a warmup to drawing!

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  12. Eleanor seems to be an amazing calligrapher, enjoy the classes! What a great way to spend the year split between Paris/Brooklyn. Her Paris neighborhood looks nice. Thanks for sharing the sauce recipe too, I love your Instagram posts!

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    1. Her 'quartier' the 20th, Buzenval, was a complete surprise to me.
      There is so much of Paris I have still to discover!
      Really fun to find a new place πŸ˜€

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  13. Enjoy the class - I love the way calligraphy looks; so romantic, exotic and luxurious. Can't wait to see your results although I think you hand writing is already quite beautiful.

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    1. It takes PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!
      Years maybe the '10,000' hours πŸ˜•πŸ˜³πŸ˜¬

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  14. Clarity Artists12:53 AM

    This is not fair, between the art supplies, the food and the colors, all too tempting. As always thank you for your entries.

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  15. Love Paris breakfast, it constantly takes me to where I believe I belong.

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  16. Sending warmest greetings, dear Carol.

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