About The Gorst Studio

Custom Artwork for All Occasions

Custom Artwork for All Occasions

 Civic and Corporate Proclamations, Resolutions, Awards and Gifts
 Custom Framed Art, Illuminated Books and Scrolls
 Life Cycle Gifts celebrating All Stages of Life
 Original Ketubot and Filling in of Printed Ketubot
 Luxury Wedding Invitations with Hand Addressed Envelopes
 Bilingual Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations

 The Gorst Studio creates custom art that you will be proud to give and recipients proud to display. Typical studio projects range from Resolutions, Awards, Presentation Documents, Scrolls and Books to Life Cycle Gifts for individuals, families, corporations, and institutions. We are well versed in traditional engrossing and contemporary design; wording for awards, resolutions and proclamations; and etiquette for weddings, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Ketubot, and interfaith weddings. If you have been looking for extraordinary, you have found it, The Gorst Studio. From design to execution to materials used, everything at The Gorst Studio is exceptional.

 The Gorst Studio was founded in 1980 by Karen Gorst, a world-class calligrapher and manuscript illuminator. Her one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces are hand lettered in English, Spanish, Hebrew and Sanskrit calligraphy and are embellished using fine manuscript illumination techniques. Ms. Gorst's classical training as an artist is a plus when asked for custom illustrations and to write on and/or illuminate unusual surfaces. (A recent project required Hebrew calligraphy on custom made leather shoes and another to write an epic poem onto a thirteen foot wooden fishing boat.)

 At The Gorst Studio craftsmanship matters. We use museum quality materials: parchment, vellum, handmade paper, precious metal leafs in gold, platinum, and other metals, archival inks and hand ground mineral paints. Many of the time-tested techniques used at The Gorst Studio are from medieval recipes, some revived by Ms. Gorst. Custom framing available upon request.

 Karen Gorst, a renown expert in calligraphy and medieval manuscript illumination, has given classes, lectures and demonstrations for docents, interns, conservators and the public at The Cloisters, The Jewish Museum, NYC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, The Huntington Library, California; Wellesley College, Northeastern University, NYU, Vassar, Rutgers, and many other cultural and educational institutions.

 Biography:
 Karen Gorst is listed as one of the top 100 most influential calligraphers of the 20th century, and the top calligrapher and manuscript illuminator in the Rizzoli book "Made in New York." Ms. Gorst graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC and Cooper Union, NYC. She has studied with some of the best calligraphers and illuminators of our age including Hermann Zapf, Sheila Waters, John Stevens, and Jeanyee Wong. A past president of the Society of Scribes, NY and member of SoS Board of Governors for several years, she was on the Board of Directors of The Center For Book Arts, NYC. Every summer she has had the privilege to teach medieval manuscript Illumination to the summer interns at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

 Clients Include:
 Elena Del Rivero (The Paraclete Studio), Francesco Clemente Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Morgan Library and Museum, Time Magazine, Neil Yerman Sofer Studio, Park Slope Jewish Center, The Riklis Family, The Society of Scribes, NY, Trinity Wall Street Church.

 Collections:
 The Brooklyn Children's Museum, The Library of Congress (Liljenquist Family Collection), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, NYPL's Judaica Collection, and private collections in the US, Europe, and Japan, including those of Karen Cohen, The Riklis Family, Joanna & Daniel Rose, The Sonnenfeld Family, and The Tananbaum Family.
 2012: The Jewish Museum commissioned The Gorst Studio to make two films: the first about the medieval illumination techniques Ms. Gorst uses and the second about traditional calligraphy techniques.
 1999: Ms. Gorst received a grant from the French government to exhibit and teach a series of workshops designed to rekindle the making of illuminated manuscripts in the Provence of Burgundy, a region once renown for its superlative illumination & calligraphy.