My studio is generally warm, and therefore of interest to my 3 cats. It's also full of interesting things to play with, and great places to lie. Here's Crumble checking out the cupboard space, and packing herself with my some of my rolled prints ready to go to a craft fair.
Just an extra challenge for the jobbing calligrapher!
It's quiet at the Craft In The City event at Waterstones, Nottingham at the moment but we're hoping for a stampede of customers this afternoon!
There's a really lovely selection of gifts here (which is handy as I've still got quite a few presents to buy!)
The last weekend of November was wet-wet-wet. The BBC and Sky were advising people not to travel if it could be avoided. And I was doing a craft fair at a place called WATERperry. Great.
In fact although the area was very flooded, many lovely people did make it to the event, and the weekend flew by in a whirl of pleasant conversations.
Waterperry is well known for hosting Art in Action in the summer - the Christmas event is tiny by comparison, but was very successful and it would be good to think it will grow each year.
I met a couple who wanted a poem writing out - they've been pondering having it done for 15 years, and took my business card - I've not heard from them yet, but I'm guessing they're not the rushing sort!
The theme for November has most certainly been family trees! (That's one of the reasons why I've been so quiet on my blog - but I've plenty to share when I get around to writing it all down!)
The photo above shows some of the workings that went into producing a family tree as a commission - it includes working out layout both on the computer and then on paper (because I find that no matter how well I can lay it out on screen, it's only when you write it out for real that you can really get it balanced.)
This lovely client wanted 2 handmade versions of the same tree. As I nearly always create 2 "finished" versions, this time I actually created 3, choosing the best 2 for the customer. (The main reason I do this is to trick my brain into believing that I'm always working on the spare one - never the finished piece - which makes me more relaxed and therefore my writing is better. Stupid, I know, but it works for me!)
I rather like the lettering in blue and red - makes a nice change from black!
A good version of the finished piece will go into the gallery after Christmas.
Eva (who comes to my calligraphy class in Farndon) sent me this photo - it's a project she led at Wellow House school, brightening up a dull pathway with some splendid lettering - and even a dot to help the children know where to start if they were writing the letter.
Cheery, isn't it?!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.