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PUBLIC ADMISSION TICKETS GO ON SALE JULY 15

ALL ADMISSION TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE

$25 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, NOON - 5 PM
$10 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 10 AM - 5 PM
$10 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 10 AM - 5 PM

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2022 Washington DC Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW
40 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Aug 04, 10:00 AM – Aug 07, 5:00 PM
Weekend Traders & Table Holders:
Register Now
 
 
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Bob Johnson started the DC Pen SUPERSHOW in 1992. With his continued vision and dedication in establishing a venue for pen enthusiasts to meet, sell, and discuss their interest in fountain pens, Bob created the largest pen show in the world drawing attendees from numerous countries and states.

Sadly, Bob passed away in September 2020 but his sister and nephew, both long time pen show helpers, carry on his legacy.

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2022 SUPERSHOW SPONSORS

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THE SCHEDULE




 

THURSDAY

10AM-9PM

Preshow: Weekend Traders and Table holders only. No assigned tables.

FRIDAY

9AM-12PM                   Preshow: Weekend Traders and Table Holders only. Assigned tables.

12PM-5PM                    Public Admission $25

SATURDAY

10AM-5PM

SUPERSHOW: Open to the public. $10 daily admission.

10AM-5PM

SUNDAY

SUPERSHOW: Open to the public. $10 daily admission.

WORKSHOPS BY NIKOLA PANG

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5     NOON - 3 PM

INTRODUCTION TO ITALIC CALLIGRAPHY

$70  Pre-register at nik@entropy.ink  Class size is limited
 
Join Nikola Pang in learning the beautiful, classical, forms of Italic script! Cancelleresca, or Chancery hand, came about from a marriage of humanist and Roman forms and really hit its stride during the period we know as the Italian Renaissance. These scripts were so popular in their multitude of variations that they quickly became adopted by both the church and became adopted throughout the old world as a standard. This widespread use lead the slanted, broad pen, script to such renown that, even today, we still call many small broad nibs "italic". Classically beautiful, flowing, very nearly ideal in readability and highly refined through the ages it's no wonder that Italic is still considered by a large number of calligraphers and typographers to be a "perfect script".  

In this course we will focus on the history, forms, and execution of creating classic (and perhaps a few contemporary) Italic hands.

The course includes all materials and handouts. If you wish to bring your own tools feel frew. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own ruler and mechanical pencil if possible. Hope to see you there!


Short Bio:
Nikola Pang is a calligrapher from California who has been studying and practicing classic western calligraphy professionally since 2013. He has done event work for clients including Montblanc and Cartier and a number of private commissions. Currently he does contract certificate and special awards work and teaches classes in letterform and calligraphy at Stanford University.





SUNDAY, AUGUST 7     9 AM - NOON

CALLIGRAPHIC STYLE OF COPPERPLATE SCRIPT
 
$70  Pre-register at nik@entropy.ink  Class size is limited

Come learn the beautiful calligraphic style of copperplate script! Copperplate calligraphy, also known as roundhand, engrosser's, and engraver's script, is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands. It still stands as one of the most recognizable and highly demanded design elements in pointed pen calligraphic works. In this course we will go over a concise version of its history and learn to use dip pens in order to form the basic strokes of its construction.
 
This course is geared towards beginners but those with more experience may attend it as a refresher course and Nikola Pang do his best to teach to the level of each individual in the second half of the course (plus it's always nice to have experienced attendees help). The course  includes all the tools (nibs, holders, papers, handouts). Attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies for use if they wish and encouraged to bring a pencil and ruler with them.

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WORKSHOPS BY SUSAN GABLE

Basic Pen & Ink Wash Art Workshop

Friday, August 5, 2022 (10am-12noon)

Saturday, August 6, 2022 (10am-12noon)

Sunday, August 7, 2022 (11am-1pm)

$70  Pre-register at sgable@verizon.net  Class size is limited - pre-registration and payment required to secure your spot

• Have you ever wanted to learn how to do quick pen & ink wash sketches? Now is your chance. Join me in learning how to create quick pen & ink sketches using your favorite fountain pens and fountain pen inks.

• In this workshop we will: learn the basics of sketching, how water interacts with ink on paper, explore various art papers, and have fun while creating art. This is a wonderful opportunity to use your favorite fountain pens and inks not just for writing, but for sketching as well.

• Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own favorite fountain pens with wide/broad nibs (e.g. medium, broad, and stubs) to experiment with. Come to the workshop with your pens filled with the following ink colors: blue, green, red, purple, yellow/gold, and brown. Suggested dye based (wet) ink brands are: Diamine, Robert Oster, and Van Dieman’s Inks. In addition to your fountain pens, bring a water brush and a fine tip pen with permanent ink.

• The following basic supplies will be provided: handouts and art paper to use during the workshop.

Beyond the Basics: Pen & Ink Wash Art Workshop

 

Friday, August 5, 2022 (1:30pm-3:30pm)

Saturday, August 6, 2022 (1:30pm-3:30pm)

$70  Pre-register at sgable@verizon.net  Class size is limited - pre-registration and payment required to secure your spot

 

• This workshop is for those who attended my Basic Pen & Ink Wash Art Workshop during the 2021 DC Pen Super Show and would like to continue in their next journey creating pen & ink sketches to record their adventures and experiences.

• We will create sketches of various objects and think about basic perspectives and composition. We will explore different ways to present your artwork in a journal. This will include still life objects and sketching multiple items on a full page spread.

• Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own favorite fountain pens with wide/broad nibs (e.g. medium, broad, and stubs) to experiment with. Come to the workshop with your pens filled with the following ink colors: blue, green, red, purple, yellow/gold, and brown. Suggested dye based (wet) ink brands are: Diamine, Robert Oster, and Van Dieman’s Inks. In addition to your fountain pens, bring a water brush and a fine tip pen with permanent ink.

• The following basic supplies will be provided: handouts and a sketchbook to use during the workshop.

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WORKSHOP BY JC AMENT

Sunday, August 7     8 AM - 9 AM

NIB TUNING

 

$25 per person for the "hands on" workshop of 10 people.   When possible, free auditing of the workshop can be done from the back of the room so long as it does not interfere with the "hands on" learners.  Pre-register at nibtailor@gmail.com.

 

 JC demonstrations the techniques and reasoning he has learned from  revered mentors and developed on his own.  Please bring the best quality 10x loupe that you have access to -- (If possible, it's better to borrow a decent loupe from a friend rather than rush out and buy a cheap one. Any power from 7x to 12x should work, 10x is a solid standard.)  Class is "hands on" and the fee includes the necessary materials as well as a pen, all of which you will take home at the end. 

 

Heading the advice of his mentor in 2018; the Nib Tailor grinds, tunes, and repairs fountain pen nibs for a writing experience to suit you.  Focus is on precision nibwork in both innovative and traditional approaches offered as a service to your own pens as well as premade products, such as the Pret-a-Porter customized nib series.  

What is a Weekend Trader?

The Weekend Trader pass dates back to the early years of the show who wanted the full show experience minus the table. While the pass expanded as the show expanded, the original name stuck leading to the current four day all access pass. 

 

The Weekend Trader pass is perfect for pen enthusiasts who want more time with exhibitors and other hobbyists as well as access to all events. If you have a large quantity of material to display we do not recommend the this option as it does not come with table access.

Tips on Attending a Pen Show?

Check out this You Tube video with great tips for newbies and experienced pen show attendees:

 

https://youtu.be/3hxxZ5Oe7Es

GET IN TOUCH

DC Pen Show

P.O. Box 5021
Falls Church, VA 22044

703-214-8148

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