Today we are speaking with calligrapher Phawnda Moore.
RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
PM: Hi, I’m a professional calligrapher, designer and teacher in Northern California. My husband and I live near Sacramento and enjoy an active life of traveling, snowshoeing, hiking and music. We share our home with a cat whose main pleasure in life is sleeping; she provides balance for us.
I learned the basic hands of calligraphy in college, graduated from UC Davis’ graphic design program, and have been fortunate to continue studying with the best fine artists, including master penmen. My early career (print sales rep and editor) often included designing materials for special events and publications.
Now, in addition to managing clients’ projects, I love teaching calligraphy and mixed media to many amazing students. In a new class, we use the letters I created as an Artist in Action for Chameleon Art Products – students add color to monograms with the meaning of someone’s name, or make personalized luggage tags.
RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?
PM: I learned about it from colleagues. My curiosity took it from there and I’m still exploring the wonderful world of Rhodia.
RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?
PM: I use the plain pad most often. I learned calligraphy on graph paper, so my students use the Rhodia grid pads and they really like them. Below is a photo of a place setting for a workshop in my studio. You can see the orange Rhodia pad, peeking out from the top of the pink exemplar!
RD: Do you always use the same product(s) or do you change periodically?
PM: I love trying new things! It’s nice to have go-to stocks because in everyday life, I search for perfect harmony in paper, ink, tool, and often, print capabilities. And, since I rarely repeat a project exactly, all experience (good or not) is helpful ~ important reasons to be constantly learning about paper.
RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your work?
PM: Oh, yes. I usually create the original on Rhodia, like the samples in the banner photo. Then each piece finds its way into a project. For example, I recently wrote the Emerson quote in brush lettering, then composed the final in Photoshop. The fruit, drawn in colored pencil, was used for the Fruit Crisp recipe (BTW, it is delicious!). Rhodia’s smooth surface is great for dry media techniques like I used in these two journaling pages.
RD: Does using Rhodia products make your job easier in any way? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)
PM: Definitely, the quality of paper is so important. When I was a print and yearbook rep, I could close my eyes and identify paper by touch! Even then, I preferred the smooth, luxurious feel like Rhodia. When I experiment with unusual writing tools (like pods, mop strings or broom bristles) I’ve noticed that Rhodia actually improves the result because it doesn’t bleed.
RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?
PM: Yes and yes! Probably brush marker is a fave because of how it gradates the colors ~ just beautiful!
RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?
RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?
PM: My dream list would include: colored paper; more patterns (subtle florals, stripes); heavier weight, say 60# cover, so it could go through home printers. The Rhodia line is so well-established and versatile, I only see greater things happening in the future! Thank you for inviting me to share my world with other Rhodia fans!
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