A most enjoyable afternoon was spent with Jill Robertson leading a workshop on Medieval Line Fillers.
Before we embarked on this Jill demonstrated how to create a feather paintbrush with a very fine tip, which would be capable of producing extremely fine details such as those seen in medieval manuscripts. This was the very Australian version made with Cockatoo feathers.
We then commenced our main project for the afternoon, the goal of which was to produce a set of bookmarks featuring a decorative panel in medieval style and some writing in Gothic script.
This was an interesting and most enjoyable workshop.
All of my line fillers are from the Luttrell Psalter from the 14th Century.
Another fabulous workshop from Olive Bull. What a wonderful tutor she is. A great weekend was had by all the participants in Olive Bull's workshop on ruling and folding pens. Olive is repeating the workshop today and tomorrow! What a dynamo!
Day one saw us using ruling pens exclusively. Learning how to use the pen correctly was an interesting exercise for more than one of us. Olive very generously allowed us to use her very special pens including the gold plated Brody pen. Many envious calligraphers would have like to take it home with them.
To my disappointment I never did get that beautiful, gestural SPLASH across the page. More practice required.
Day two of the weekend workshop saw us exploring Folded Pens. Olive had very generously made four pens for each of us, donating Frank Bull’s bamboo garden stakes for one of them. Thanks Frank!
Many of the participants’ heads were still buzzing from the Ruling Pen’s workshop of the previous day where most of us had learnt many new skills. Surely, we thought, Olive would agree that we had all worked very hard and allow us a quiet, easy day. But NO! This day was just as full on, with Olive cajoling, encouraging and spurring us on. Thank you, Olive, for being so generous with your time, resources and equipment including the very precious Brody pen.
We started the day making marks with the four pens Olive had made us. These included a bottle top pen, a clarinet reed pen and two pens that rival the Luthis pens. There was a general agreement that the best marks were made on the layout paper and couldn’t be reproduced on ‘proper” paper. Isn’t that always the way?
Next was using our folding pen of choice and scribing a word (taken from a quote) in large letters in the middle of a page. This word was then surrounded by the rest of the quote in smaller letters. This David and Goliath layout was very effective for showcasing expressive folded pen lettering.
We moved on to developing our very own alphabet. This is a challenging exercise and I think that I unintentionally ‘made up’ an alphabet that looked suspiciously like some other alphabets I have seen. We then used these letters to write a quote of our choice to see how the letters fitted together or if some adjustments needed to be made to the letterforms.
Just when I thought we might have a lull we were actively encouraged to experiment with either the ruling pens or the folded pens or both together to produce pieces and patterns with or without colour.
Then it was “clear the decks!” and time to turn all these examples into a Japanese style book. I used paper that I had marbled previously. I think that it looks rather nice.
To Olive’s credit all but one person finished their book for the final display. What an achievement! And how lovely to have a resource that can be used and referred to as well as potentially being added to in the future.
Thank you, Olive, for another memorable workshop.
Time well spent preparing for my workshop on Embossing. It is quite hard to photograph embossing to make it stand out as it should. I hope that all of the participants enjoy embossing as much as I do.
Oh well, isn't there a saying, better late than never. It has only been nearly eight years since Emma was married. This piece is a circular list of people attending her wedding. Finished finally! I was prompted by my sudden interest in map making which made me remember my first attempt at map making for Emma's wedding which in turn prompted me to remember Emma's guest list. So pleased to have finished it and it is now winging its way to her.
When I attended a gestural writing workshop run by the Canberra Calligraphy Society I found it difficult to "let go" sufficiently to create broad free strokes with my pens. I suspect that I have done too much traditional calligraphy to find this easy.
The Canberra Bookbinders' Guild have a challenge every year. The last challenge was to make a dos a dos book. I had a lot of fun with Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. The photos didn't come out so well.
Nothing I like more than messing around with paper and the Witches Broom. Many thanks to Carol for having me over for the day and to Olive for teaching Carol the Witches Broom 'technique'. These pages (I think) will be turned into a book. Look for them later in the year.
This piece was inspired by a workshop conducted by Massimo Polello. I have called it Progression as a bit of a play on words as the piece is essentially musical but also looks like boats sailing.
As usual, I forgot to photograph it before I framed it and in addition to that I also forgot to photograph before I took it out to the Strathnairn Art Gallery and Shop. As a consequence there are reflections visible.
Envelopes for the last Victorian Calligraphy Society newsletter. It just seems that I have finished one when another one is due! I had fun making these leaves for an autumn look. David Jones script is becoming a favourite of mine
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