Master Penman HARVEST CRITTENDEN on The Art of Handwriting! FREE!


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you.

The Book Club of Detroit is proud to present:

Master Penman HARVEST CRITTENDEN on The Art of Handwriting! FREE!

Saturday, September 17th, 2016


Cathedral Church of St. Paul

4800 Woodward Ave. @ Warren

Detroit, Michigan

Harvest Crittenden is a professional calligrapher & IAMPETH Master Penman who teaches lettering, certificates, illumination, vellum, and specializes in online classes.

Miss Crittenden is based in Howell, Michigan and is one of only twelve Master Penman worldwide! This title is conferred by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

Her talk will include a demonstration of the alphabet. Public participation is encouraged. Pencils and paper will be provided. The Book Club of Detroit will also provide free food and drinks.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is a beautiful circa 1907 Episcopalian limestone Gothic church at Woodward & Warren near the Detroit Institute of Arts.


Harvest Crittenden, Master Penman, has been a professional lettering artist for more than 30 years. Past owner of The Gold Leaf and founder of Acorn Arts, Harvest specializes in the Sacred Arts, calligraphy and illustration, illuminating words that inspire and support our ever-changing world.

Harvest is a past winner of the Marjorie Pavelich Calligraphy Grant, and past president of The Michigan Association of Calligraphers. She has studied illumination and lettering in the United States and Italy and has served on the faculties of numerous regional, national and international conferences. Harvest also teaches for the St. Michael Institute of Sacred Arts, The Religious Sisters of Mercy, Hollanders School of Book and Paper Arts and offers workshops internationally. Please contact Harvest to schedule a workshop.

In 2010 Harvest was inducted as a Master Penman by IAMPETH at their annual convention. IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship. IAMPETH is one of the oldest lettering arts associations in America. Harvest was the 10th person to be honored with the Master Penman designation since the program was started.

In 2011 and 2012 Harvest was the co-director the Spencerian Saga in Ohio, along with Master Penman Michael Sull. In 2013 Harvest took over as the new director of the Saga. Harvest is writing a book about Pointed Pen Scripts, due out in 2016 by Quarto Publishing, and Engrossing and Illumination due to be out in 2017.

Her work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been published in numerous publications.

Her specialties include:

Addressing Envelopes, Bookbinding, Handmade Books (, Fill-In (certificates, place cards, etc.), Commissioned Pieces, Commercial Lettering, Family Trees, Gift Market, Greeting Card Design, Gilding, Graphic Design, Invitation Design, Original Calligraphic Art, Papermaking (, Poems and Broadsides, Signs, Banners and Displays, Dried Flower Cards, Illustration, wedding circles, memory pieces, Teaching: Copperplate, Spencerian, antiquated papers, organic dyes, ornamental lettering, vining, gilding, illuminated prayers, gratitude journals.


Acorn Arts (Harvest Crittenden's homepage)

Michigan Association of Calligraphers


Harvest Crittenden's Instagram