Had a wonderful day in Bunny (it's a place!) on Saturday with a group of delightful and enthusiastic people keen to learn how to make books. Some brought considerable experience, others were new to it all.
We had a great day, with everyone making 3 gorgeous books. One of these books make every person literally squeal with delight - that can't be bad can it?!!
I'm certainly planning to run a further Making Little Books (with new structures, and still perfect for beginners) so if you fancy it, please let me know!
My beautiful new camera! It seems amazing, taking crystal clear shots of anything and everything. Ironic that I had to use my phone to take this picture!
So there goes one of my excuses for poor photography- need to address issues with the photographer now....
Here's a couple of pics from the camera.
Nottingham Calligraphers (www.nottinghamcalligraphers.org.uk) meet monthly in Lowdham, just east of Nottingham. Lowdham is home to an excellent 2 week long book festival : www.lowdhambookfestsival.co.uk into which a host of activities are packed, culminating in "Final Saturday" - which is this coming Saturday, June 29th.
This year we have adorned Lowdham with literary quotes, all written and decorated at a single workshop earlier this month. We hope to raise a smile, and maybe even generate some potential new members!
Every day I pass this sign, or one of the 4 others at entrances to Cotgrave. Sometimes several times a day. I love the fact that sights of Cotgrave are being celebrated, (this is the lock in the country park where I often walk my dog), and we're welcoming people to the town. There's even a built in flower pot in front of the sign.
I understand the signs were expensive, so I do wonder why no-one looked at the lettering and said "that looks a bit odd". I know I'm likely to be more picky than most, but it catches my eye every time I pass!
For anyone wondering what I'm on about - letters should NOT be jammed as close together as possible, because you end up with the A and V with barely a smidge of white between them, and a cavernous space between, for example, the R and the A).
(It's not just Cotgrave - Ravenshead has signage in the same style, and the AV are packed as close together).
Typographical grumble over... normal cheerfulness to be resumed! :0)
The last one day course - First Steps in Calligraphy - was a great day. Lovely attendees, and, oh my, they did some great work!
Next one day workshop is this Saturday (June 22nd) and will look at using the pointed pen.
This tool is sometimes overlooked, and often associated with flowery copperplate writing, I'm going to help people fall in love with what is one of my favourite tools.
If you or anyone you know might enjoy such a day - please contact me and arrange to come along!
I'm not saying I'm super tidy, but when I'm writing, I really don't end up with paint or ink everywhere. I fill my pen with a brush so that it only goes behind the nib - this gives me enough to write several words (or several lines with a smaller nib) before filling it again.
I find that moving to fill the pen - although it's only a little movement - stops me "setting" in place and saves sore shoulders / neck.
On a recent commission, I wrote the 90 names on a family tree in one sitting - and the photos show the state of my nib when I finished.
So if you're getting ink or paint everywhere and you don't like it - there is another way!
The family tree which is over a metre wide is finished and with the happy customers. (It was rolled up to be delivered, so will need persuading that it wants to unroll - again - before being framed.)
It looks classy in its blue and gold, and has been a pleasure to create - and I've learnt a lot as I go.
(I am aware that this is tiny compared to some of the family trees out there, but it's the biggest I've been asked to do.. so far!)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.