To keep us energized with lettering throughout the year, we’ve created the 8″x8″ Letters and Lines challenge!

At the beginning of each meeting, all ECS members are invited to display a piece that they’ve been working on. Your submission is meant to be a work in progress, not a finished piece. Your submission can be anything – use it as an opportunity to experiment with a new-to-you writing instrument/ink/paper, get feedback on work from a class or workshop, or show off your grocery list…and let the ink flow on. We’ll also provide monthly suggestions in case you’re stuck for ideas.

Remember that the Letters and Lines submissions are an opportunity to share and learn from one another. See how happy accidents and mistakes are handled. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from one another!

Make sure to bring along something you have worked on or discovered since the last meeting. We welcome both finished works, as well as works in progress, a practice sheet or even some interesting samples of lettering you and others might find inspirational.

September –

“PENS, PAPERS, BOOKS” 

September is the month where we think of children, with their pens, paper, and backpacks, returning to school.  We invite you to celebrate the mighty pen and paper by sharing a quote about pens, paper, or books.

October – “Reconciliation”

Letters and Lines Theme for October

In recognition of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, October’s theme for Letters and Lines is “Reconciliation.” Many people do not understand the land acknowledgement statement that many organizations are announcing before events and in written correspondence but it is just one of the Calls to Action that is being honoured. Edmonton is within Treaty 6 territory which encompasses many different Indigenous nations, some that have no written language. For this month, we will be concentrating on Nehiyawewin (the Cree language). The Nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ (Cree people) have a beautiful language which has five dialects and is very descriptive. For instance, Edmonton is amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ or Beaver Hills House. Honey is âmômey ᐋᒨᒣᕀ which literally translates as bee poop.

Below you will find some Nehiyawewin words and phrases that may be used in this month’s Letters and Lines. If there are other words that you would prefer to use, we suggest going to creedictionary.com. You can simply type in the English word, and it will be translated into Nehiyawewin and the Cree syllabics. Try translating the word “love” and see how many different descriptions there are. So, have fun with this theme and use it as an opportunity to learn about the Nehiyawak and their language.

  • truth: tapwewin ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ
  • conciliation: kwayskahsatsowin (there is no traditional Cree word for reconciliation)
  • amiable, being amiable: meywâtisowin ᒣᔮᐧᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ
  • remember: kiskisiwin ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐃᐧᐣ
  • Every Child Matters: tahto-awâsisak itakimêw ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐋᐧᓯᓴᐠ ᐃᑕᑭᒣᐤ (literally, every child has value)

“What is reconciliation? Reconciliation is love.” Dr. Willy Little Child (Nehiyawin)

November 

WEATHER: Words that describe weather:

Example: Petrichor – the scent of rain on dry earth.

Search all the different words for snow in different languages. Write some Weather quotes. There are so many possibilities for the weather. We are always about the weather.

December – TBA 

February – TBA

March -TBA

 April – TBA 

May – TBA

Go to our Blog page to see previous “Letters & Lines.”