Washington, D.C. — The Flourish Forum is a wonderful community for calligraphers and letter artists of all skill levels. I'm so grateful to have stumbled upon the forum while working on a wedding job last summer. It is the generous advice and open camaraderie of the community—not to mention our mutual love and enthusiasm for all things handwritten—that make the forum so special. One of my favorite aspects of the forum are the theme exchanges, in which we send our most creative letters to our assigned list of members.
I'm not a big Valentine's day person, and my family and friends can attest to my very non-romantic personality, but I found the Valentine's exchange to be especially inspiring and engaging. I took an old-timey approach and sent a Victorian love poem by Robert Browning, wrapped up in twine, to my exchange group. The different shades of pink, creme, and bronze made for a neat little Valentine's gift.