Flower spray by Heather Mendel
Heather Mendel

Last updated July 2010

Artist, author, mystic and speaker, Heather Mendel was born and educated in South Africa. After studying in Italy and the United States, she graduated as a speech and hearing therapist. She has taught the calligraphic arts and women’s spirituality in this country and abroad.

An ongoing student of universal spiritual teachings, she combines her love of the written letter with inspirational wording in her commissions, both corporate and personal. She enhances her original designs with intricate, illuminated and painted borders that compliment her calligraphy. She has appeared on TV and radio talk shows in South Africa and in the U.S. In 1990 she was featured in a ten-part series she wrote and produced for public access television entitled: Words Of Art: An Introduction to Calligraphy.

Her artwork has been featured in several one-woman shows on the West Coast. Her newest exhibit: Nothing Is As It Appears: mandalas, fractals and sacred geometry showed in Upstate New York in July 2010 and opened in California in September 2010. Earlier exhibits of The Spirit and The Letter: calligraphic interpretations of spiritual truths was shown in various cities on the West Coast.

Her book, Dancing In The Footsteps Of Eve: retrieving the healing gift of the Sacred feminine through myth and mysticism was published by O Books, 2009 and her feminist hagaddah: Towards Freedom: a feminist haggadah for men and women for which she wrote and typeset the text and hand-drew the illustrations, border design and cover was published in 1995.