Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Letters Of Joy : Lillian Dabney

Dear Lillian, Good Evening, How are You?

Thank you for your e-mails with Good words, that lift my spirits.

' Out of all our human features,
our humanity separates us,
from the other earthly creatures.'

With Love,
Somayya Kasani.

Lillian Dabney is a calligrapher and binder who creates one of a kind artist's books featuring exquisite hand lettering. Themes in her work range from the personal and contemplative to direct commentary on social justice. Her book "Bessie Coleman/Born to Dream", on display in the Guild of Bookworkers "In Flight" exhibit, celebrates the first African American to receive a pilot's license in 1921, in France, after refusal to US flight schools. Lillian will discuss this and other of her works.

Lillian has studied calligraphy and bookbinding since the early 1990s. She has pursued training through the Guild of Bookworkers, as well as private studies with individual craftspeople. She has taught bookmaking classes, and is active in professional groups including the Guild of Bookworkers, Society of Calligraphy and Handwriting, and the Book Arts Guild. Lillian has exhibited throughout the Northwest, as well as in national juried shows.

Lillian is the founder of the Belltown Book Artists which is a Book Arts Portfolio Group that meets monthly. In 2004, she founded SCBA in order to establish a facility dedicated to book arts in Seattle.

When Lillian is not making books, she is reading them and can be found most days at the downtown Seattle Public Library volunteering, attending library programs and working as assistant manager in the Friends Shop.