You're not going to thank me for this.....
Yesterday I went and say a fantastic calligraphy exhibition by Leicestershire Calligraphers. For a start, the venue was charming - it's a place called Donington Le Heath, and it's a 13th century manor house full of quirky windows and tiny staircases - I definitely want to go back to see more of the building, as I was pushed for time yesterday. Click here for the website.
The calligraphy was in 2 rooms on the first floor - the lighting is excellent and there were several cases for displaying pieces. I had the space to myself which I always love, because I feel like I can take a completely random route round the exhibits if I want!
There were probably about 20 people exhibiting - and it's a pleasure to see work from those who are newer to calligraphy as well as the amazing work of those who have been doing it for years.
Whenever I visit an exhibition I always think "which piece would I steal?" This time it was a very impractical choice for smuggling out under my coat - a 1m long engraved glass panel set in a granite base, with the William Morris quote "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". Being a glass piece in a glass cabinet it was beyond my photography abilities, so you'll just have to believe me when I say it was wonderful! Congrats to Steve Delaney who created it and several other amazing pieces.
Now.... why are you not going to thank me for this? Because yesterday was the last day of the exhibition! I can only say that Leicestershire calligraphers do tend to exhibit each year at the same wonderful venue, and I'll try and mention it BEFORE it finishes next year!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.