Linda Piacentini-Yaple, a graphic artist, calligrapher and book artist from Los Angeles, created her first book about Alaska at the age of eight. After being introduced to calligraphy in her last year of high school, she participated Interstudy, a European art history and architecture study program which took her to England, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany. After returning, she received a degree in Graphic Design from Los Angeles Valley College, while studying calligraphy with visiting professionals at Calligraphia, in North Hollywood, CA. She later studied Book Arts (bookbinding, printmaking and lettering) at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
She has worked as a freelance graphic designer and has taught calligraphy since 1986. She has taught bookbinding and printmaking classes for ten years at private studios, recreation centers, community colleges and art centers. She has lectured at gallery openings, libraries and professional organizations about the art of the book and the importance of handwriting. She was the the owner and instructor at Piacentini Studio and Gallery in Bend, Oregon before moving to Palm Desert in 2016. There, she opened Piacentini Design Studio and Gallery where she is excited to share her love of calligraphy, book binding and printmaking in her new community.
She is a member of the Guild of BookWorkers, the International Association of Master Penmen Engrossers and Teachers, the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society in London and the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles. She attends calligraphy conferences and printmaking workshops throughout the year.
Exhibits of her artist books and prints include Reed College, OR; Geisel Library, San Diego; Bank Street Arts, England; Abecedarian Gallery, Denver; 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland; Tweed River Gallery, Australia; the British Library Conference Center and the Weiner Holocaust Library, London.
Her artists books reside in private and public collections at the University of Washington, USC special collections, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, England, and in private collections in Chicago, Oregon, California, Indiana and Italy.