Myrna’s first pen was given to her while she was on bedrest with her first child. Her mother gave her a pen and a passage about Arnold Bank to copy. Though Myrna wasn’t confident that she could pursue this interest, she would later point to this moment that her calligraphy career began.
Myrna started out small, penning envelopes and invitations. She took on jobs for her friends and family, but soon demand for her elegant script spread with increasing demand.
It was nearly five years before Myrna worked up the confidence to apply for a calligraphy class at Carnegie Mellon. The famous Calligrapher and teacher, Arnold Bank, was notorious for his harsh critique and strict instruction. Yet, in only 3 weeks he took a liking to Myrna. It was then only a matter of time before Myrna Rosen became his apprentice.
Every student of Myrna’s calligraphy class will recall their first assignment: write out, in your own hand, the Gettysburg Address. This was Arnold Bank’s first assignment for his students as well. Pictured here is Myrna’s very own Gettysburg Address from her first calligraphy class.
Over the years of her career Myrna has steadily grown as a nationally and internationally recognized calligrapher. All of this was achieved while Myrna also took on the responsibilities of both wife and mother. She often recalls that she “lived two lives”: her daytime job of mother, and her night job of calligrapher.