Kajira’s show will open on First Friday, January 5th, from 6-8pm – at The Hardware Store Gallery.
I grew up in New England and New York, but have lived in eleven different states around the country, and on two very different boats in the Caribbean and Vashon’s Dockton Harbour. I was an aerobatic pilot in my teens and twenties. In the mid 1950’s my family, with three wonderful children, came to Portland, Oregon where I had read about Lloyd Reynolds, Calligrapher, who taught at Reed College. After studying with Lloyd, I also taught with him at the Portland Museum Art School, and in the first curriculum classes of Italic Handwriting for grades two through eighth grades.
Following that, I was a photojournalist for decades, working as a Time/Life stringer on the West Coast, and won first prize for commercial photography in Life’s International Competition. I also reported and photographed for many independent publications– including The Beachcomber, when I came to Vashon in 1973. I was also one of the “founding mothers” of Vashon Allied Arts, now VCA. Last year, I taught history of writing to seventh graders here as one of our Artist in the Schools.
I have taught many private classes in the Northwest, particularly here on Vashon, where I’ve calligraphed Hiway Haiku for 18 years. It’s all been a joy!