Cari Ferraro



Cari Ferraro has been practicing and teaching calligraphy for over three decades. A degree in literature and writing combined with an abiding interest in hand work fueled her creative direction. Making books is the fulfillment of a longheld dream to write books, but now she is lettering and painting and stitching them too.

Artist's Statement

My painted manuscript books explore folklore, ceremony, writing, the old ways, and line in its many magical forms. I approach books as devotional objects, illuminated with sacred calligraphy, symbols, paint and gold leaf. My current work takes the form of unique or limited edition books, using my own texts and those from literary and historical sources.

Websites and

Contact Information
eMail: cariscribe at gmail dot com


Bay Area Book Artists, Pacific Center for the Book Arts, Hand Bookbinders of California, Friends of Calligraphy


Selected Exhibits
"39th Members' Exhibition" of the Hand Bookbinders of California, 2011 “Between the Covers”, a invitational book arts exhibit, Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin, Florida, 2008
“Multiples”, juried book arts exhibit at East End Applied Arts, Aurora, Colorado, 2008
“BookWorks” Trienniel exhibit of Pacific Center for Book Arts, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, 2008
“Illuminations: Enlightening Words”, retrospective solo show of calligraphic paintings and illuminations, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, California, 2007
“Lyrical Lines in Bloom”, Pacific Scribes exhibit, Filoli Gardens, Woodside, California, 2007
“Sacred Texts/Contemporary Forms: Spiritual Traditions in the Digital Age” Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007 One of my books was used on the promotional poster.
“Bound to Inspire”, Bay Area Book Artists’ 10-year retrospective exhibit, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, California, 2006
“Kalligraphia” , triennial membership exhibit of the Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, 2006
"Word Art", Cincinnati Book Arts Society, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005
Bright Hill Fourth Annual Juried Book Exhibit, Treadwell, New York, 2005
“BookWorks” Trienniel exhibit of Pacific Center for Book Arts, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, 2005
“Touch my Books, Please”, Bay Area Book Artists exhibit, Art Museum of Los Gatos, California, 2004
“Visions of the Spirit II”, juried exhibit at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C., 1999

Professional Services

Cari Ferraro's calligraphic manuscript books are sold by Priscilla Juvelis and other sellers of fine books throughout the United States. Prose and Letters offers her line of cards, prints, and limited editions books. She is available for custom calligraphy commissions for special occasions.

Teaching & Workshops

Discover Calligraphy and Illumination, Walter Foster Publishing, 2006
Beginner’s Guide to Calligraphy and Illumination, Walter Foster Publishing, 2007
Occasional workshops are offered to private students at the studio in the South San Francisco Bay Area. Please contact me for information about my weekend workshops for calligraphy and book arts groups.


Priscilla Juvelis, Vamp and Tramp, Kelmscott Bookshop, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Another Room Book Arts, 23 Sandy Gallery, and other resellers.


Bowdoin College Special Collections; Brunswick, Maine
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California
Institute of Archeomythology, Sebastopol, California
Mills College Library, Oakland, California
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Opus Foundation Archives, Santa Barbara, California
Otis College of Art and Design, Pasadena, California
San Francisco Public Library, Harrison Collection of Calligraphy
San Jose State University Library, San Jose, California
University of Washington Library, Seattle, Washington
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


Book art juried into four issues of Letter Arts Review, since 2004
Gallery features and how-to articles in Bound and Lettered, 2009, 2010
Research articles in Alphabet, Friends of Calligraphy journal, San Francisco, California, 2009, 2010
Profiled in Ampersand, the journal of Pacific Center for the Books Arts, 2006
Beginner’s Guide: Calligraphy and Illumination for Walter Foster Publishing, 2006

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