If you read my blog you'll know how much I like family trees! It's partly the logical layout challenge (maybe my background of having a Maths degree is occasionally helpful....!) and partly the sense that the piece really MATTERS because it's about real people.
You'll also know that I lament the fact that those creating their family trees believe (correctly) that it's never finished, and that tomorrow might bring an amazing new discovery, so they're often reluctant to say that now is the moment to commit the family history to a "finished" document.
Of course there are ways to create the tree so that it can be extended - small additions (literally, when new children are born!) can perhaps be accommodated, and new discoveries about dates and locations can be added, particularly if this is stipulated when the tree is created. It's also possible to be really flexible - to have family sections on different sheets, for example, so whole new families can be added. This makes it less likely to be a framed piece, but could be in a beautiful portfolio that can be shown to anyone who is interested.
So... I'm very happy to have been asked to create the family tree for a client, so that he can give it to his Mum as a Christmas present. What a lovely gift, particularly as I think they worked together on researching the information.
Shhhhh.... if you know Teresa Riley don't tell her it's coming - it's a surprise!
And here's a thing.... I discovered that until now I did not know how to spell Middlesbrough. I thought it was Middlesborough, but having written it about 20 times on this piece, I know the correct spelling now!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.