training

2016

  • Copperplate Masterclass - Pat Blair- Berkley, CA
  • Romans - John Stevens - Camp Cheerio, NC
  • Presencing Foundation Program | Collective Leadership & U Theory - Otto Scharmer  - Cape Cod, MA
  • American Cursive Handwriting Certification - Michael Sull - Denver, CO
  • IAMPETH Conference 2016 Portland: Roman Capitals | Engrosser's Text | Advanced Spencerian | Pen & Brush | Analyzing Ornamental Penmanship
  • Is It Foundational & Revitalize Italic - Christopher Haanes - International Convention, Asheville, NC
  • Versatility of Versals - Gemma Black - Ghost Ranch, NM
  • Victorian Flourishing - Heather Held - Albuquerque, NM
  • Drum Leaf Bookbinding - Laura Wait - Lafayette, CO
  • Hebrew calligraphy - correspondence course - Izzy Pludwinski

2015

  • Invention of Karlgeorg Hoefer & Hans-Joachim Burgert - Ewan Clayton - International Convention, Sonoma, CA
  • IAMPETH Conference 2015 Nashville: Acanthus Leaf w/ Rosemary Buczek | Flourishing w/ Jake Weidmann | Spencerian & Engrossers w/ Michael Sull & Barbara Calzolari | Copperplate w/ Karen Brooks
  • Fullness & Emptiness composition - Massimo Polello - Santa Fe, NM
  • Pigment & Leaf - Suzanne Moore - Denver, CO
  • Russian-Byzantine Iconography - Prosopon School: Tatiana & Dmitrii Berestov - Denver, CO
  • Contemporary Pointed Pen Scripts - Jane Shiabata - Letters California
  • Greek-Byzantine Icon writing - Laurence Pierson - Denver, CO (ongoing)

2014

  • The Golden Thread, 2000 Years of Calligraphy History - Sheila Waters - International Conference: Dallas, TX
  • Preparing & Writing with Quills | Gilding with Gesso on Velum | Spencerian & Copperplate - Veiko Kespersaks - Denver, CO

2013

  • Roman Capitals - SSI Correspondence Course - Gillian Hazeldine
  • Pointed Brush - Yves Leterme - Colorado Springs, CO
  • American Uncial - Ewan Clayton - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Lindisfarne Half Uncial - Ewan Clayton - Durham, England
  • Italics & Italics variations - Veiko Kespersaks - Denver, CO
  • White Vine illumination - Beth House - Albuquerque, NM

2012

  • Book & Box Intensive - Mia Semingson - Boulder, CO
  • Manuscript Books: Handwriting & Coptic Stitch - Laura Wait - Ghost Ranch, NM
  • Italic Calligraphy - Carol Palleson - Ghost Ranch, NM

2004 - 2016

  • The Way of the Heart: Life Mission I, II, III, IV / Song of Divine Creation / Level I, II, IV, V, VI / Feng Shui Divine Timing & Placement I & II / Shadow (Depth Psychology) I, II / Inner & Outer Relationship Retreats - Canada & USA

1998 - 2002

  • Concordia University, Facutly of Arts & Theatre - Montreal, QC
  • U of M, Faculty of Fine Arts & Art History - Winnipeg, MB
Megan Maksimovich Goodenough
illumination collective

About

The Illumination Collective.com is a site for my original artwork. I've loved alphabets my whole life... Calligraphy, books, illuminations, illustrations and paintings. Growing up in Winnipeg, my earliest fine-art recollections are of practicing hand-writing while listening to my mom's Buddhist chanting group. The love of combining art and spirit was born and the 7-year-old me declared "I want to be a scribe!". While studying art history something called the "Illuminated Manuscript" was brought to my attention. An art form found in basically every culture, it essentially consists of sacred words, illustrations emoting those words, and an application of gold to literally illuminate, or to bring light to, the page and reader. The art of the illuminated manuscript seemed lost to the modern digital age, but I couldn't shake it. Nothing has satisfied my desire to integrate art, science and spirit like illuminated manuscripts have. I especially love focusing on the detail work... of the curve of a letter, a single stitch, a vein in a leaf. After meeting many manuscript and calligraphic professionals, I found that I was not alone in this interest. The combination of art, science and spirit is what I strive for, love, and share. I continue to study, practice, take courses, teach, sew books, draw and paint. Currently living in Colorado, I am on and off the road part-time as administrative help and artist. It comes down to a deep love of the arts, meaning, the written word & books!

SELECTED Projects & commissions

2016

  • Gilded Terra / Gilded Water: illuminated globe scapes

2015

  • 2016 Tree of Life: multi-faith calendar

2014

  • Book plates for Chronicles - Denver Botanic Gardens: School of Botanic Illustration 2013 Artist Journal
  • 2015 Language of Flowers: multi-faith calendar
  • Gilded Victorian Alphabet

2013

  • 2014 Birds & Boughs: multi-faith calendar

2012

  • 2013 Language of Moons: multi-faith calendar

2011

  • Language of Flowers monthly cards
  • Language of Flowers - April