Jane Parillo Rollins | Lettering Artist
In 1980, after having completed a masters program I decided to take a calligraphy class, “for fun” , to wind down from the pressure. I had no art background. I immediately became hooked. In discovering my heretofore untapped creative side, which combined my fascination with ancient history and my love of words and letters, I felt as though I’d come home. Four years later I left the field of special education and began my own business as a freelance calligrapher. It is now nearly 30 years later and I am more consumed than ever. I have owned my own business ( Scribe Calligraphy) on Main Street in East Greenwich since 1989, and have recently expanded and moved to a new location , still on Main Street. I am grateful to have been able to support myself doing something that I love.
"I am proud to be a founding member of West Bay Open Studios and an elected artist member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly."
I feel strongly that exposure to calligraphy is important not only to the general public, but also to the art world. The advent of computers has resulted in a deemphasis on the importance of one of the most personal facets of our being -our handwriting. It is sadly becoming a lost skill.
It is important to me professionally to become involved in fostering a perception of calligraphy as a viable art form, as opposed to the craft of pretty writing. Although the historic basis for lettering was developed from function , it has now evolved into as true an art form as any painting or sculpture. It is my goal to continue this journey that I have been traveling as an artist and to share the experiences in the hope that others will benefit from them - and that the appreciation and understanding of this ancient art will be not be lost.
We were recently featured on Rhode Island Homes, one of the top sites for Providence, RI Real Estate. Check out the article here: Cranston, Rhode Island's Scribe Calligraphy Sustains Breathes Life Into An Enduring Art Form .