Since being exposed to calligraphy in the sixth grade, Linda Yoshida had fallen in love with the art of beautiful writing. She recalls how she was inspired by her teacher’s handwriting, so much so that she would sit at her desk after finishing her homework and practice her cursive over and over.
Now working as a graphic designer, she treats calligraphy as her side job. A member of the Society for Calligraphy in Southern California, Yoshida has studied with masters calligraphers and has taken many classes and workshops to improve her skills.
“After attending various workshops and conferences, the best takeaway is that calligraphy is a life-long learning experience,” she writes on her website. “There are students who are already very skilled, yet still very humble and want to learn from the best. I find that extremely inspiring. I am a perpetual student and truly believe we should never stop learning to improve our craft. I have learned so much, but I have a lifetime’s worth of studying to go.”
“We need to be constantly learning and honing our skills in order for calligraphy to stay relevant, and to keep up with the changing times and client requests,” she added in an interview with The Pen Company. “I firmly believe that to be a good calligrapher, we need to study from the old masters.”
“Many practicing calligraphers are self-taught and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I knew early on that if I was to be serious about the art and craft of calligraphy, I had to learn it the right way, which is from professional calligraphers,” she went on to explain.
Take a look at some of her work on Instagram: