Living A Creative Life: Cora Pearl

1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?

Cora Pearl Calligraphy, Portland, Oregon, USA

2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

I studied Art History and Art and Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. My calligraphy study started when I taught myself at age 11 using a book that I found in a bookstore in New York City, where I grew up. I took private lessons from calligrapher, Barry Morentz, for a short time in high school and then continued to teach myself for a few decades until I moved to Portland in 2010 when I started studying with every calligraphy teacher I had access to, took one class and workshop after another, and attended every conference I could. Before becoming a calligrapher and teacher of calligraphy and hand lettering full time in 2011, I worked as a professional organizer and homeschooled my three children.

3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

One of my favorite tools is the folded pen. I love it so much that I helped design a special nib with master pen maker, Timothy Leigh. I was so thrilled and touched when he named that tool the Cora Pen. I do most of my work with the broad edge nib, and I am having a deep love affair with watercolors.

4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I feel that my creative battery is always charged because I am constantly charging it through teaching lettering, making art, living creatively, and talking about art/music/film with my very creative family, among many other things. We are a family of artists and musicians and there is always something creative happening in our household. I feel very blessed to have a life in which creativity is the fuel of my daily experience.

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5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

I lived in Japan for five years during my twenties and feel very much that part of me is Japanese. Those years in Japan have influenced the rest of my life to this day.

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