Also during this year I did a wonderful workshop with Marina Soria. This time it was Empty Space Womb of Shape. This was a challenging workshop that I will go back to time and time again.
and this one built upon the idea of quilting.
Another project from 2020. A book featuring the Neuland script first learnt from Olive Bull. I had grand ideas of featuring different scripts learnt from different calligraphers. The second is a book from the workshop of Georgia Angelopoulos which I have yet to finish.
Also during the pandemic lockdown I sewed, seemingly non stop. This quilt has to have a backing. It did help to keep me sane during that time.
Back at the start of the Covid 19 pandemic the Canberra Calligraphy Society encouraged calligraphers to share their knowledge and expertise. Jenni Cole did a brilliant effort even to inventing a new type of weathergram just for Australia - Eucygrams! It was also at the time of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations around the world so I felt the need to incorporate my feelings even though the verse does not adhere strictly to weathergrams.
As a follow up to Marina's workshop 'Blossoms in Calligraphy' I 'wrote' the name of the recipient of an envelope exchange calligraphy on her envelope.
Last month the Canberra Calligraphy Society engaged the wonderful Marina Soria to conduct two workshops. The first was called Calligraphy in Blossoms where the participants were encouraged to invent an alphabet based on the Ikebana made earlier in the day. This was a challenge with ever practical me wondering if I would ever use the alphabet in 'real' life. Turns out that I have!
The second workshop was titled 'Weaving Words' where the use of a favourite textile was used to create calligraphy pieces. This was a very daunting thought and I don't think that I was alone when I thought that I just didn't 'get' it. The workshop was a challenge but very satisfying in the end.
Marina Soria was brilliant as a tutor. She helped me build the scaffold for what she wanted us to achieve and then said - go for it. I used a scarf that I had bought in Cornwall, England (bottom right hand corner) for my inspiration. My pieces were much smaller than others being approximately 9.15 cm x 12 cm.
The weaving in the second photo is made with a photocopy of the original and so the colours are not true to life.
I haven't posted for a bit but I guess that as I am in shutdown like so many people at this time I have no excuse.
This is the piece I made for my youngest daughter, Kate, for her birthday.
Another little book from last year that I neglected to post. This one made as a thank you for Yves Leterme.
I have had a bit of a break from posting on my blog. I promise to do better.
We have had a horrible start to 2020 with massive bush-fires impacting on friends and the wild life of Australia. It is so distressing. In Canberra we have had non stop smoke haze which is a constant reminder of all that is happening to all the trees and animals.
At the end of last year the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild had the annual Bookbinding Challenge. This year it was based on geometry which I found particularly hard. Still, it was a chance to make a book called, 'Aunt Sallie's Lament' designed by Claire Van Vliet and E. Steiner.
This is a difficult book to make (for me). I made a prototype but by the time I had completed the book I had forgotten how to make the first bit. I believe that I have done a credible job using calligraphy pieces and some newly acquired elephant paper. The elephant paper worked beautifully in this design - lightweight but strong.
It is time again for the annual Canberra Calligraphy Christmas get together. Every year we all make a card to swap with all the other calligraphers.
I wanted to make something different so this year I made a Match Box Book which was partly inspired by Ana Victoria Calderon and partly by Amity Parks.
The size is exactly the same size as a match box (4cm x 6cm and a depth of 2cm). We don't see as many match boxes any more.
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