Sunday, 13 April 2014

Small Roman Miniscules with Susan Moor - April 2014

Yesterday was our April meeting and we had a fantastic workshop with Susan Moor looking at the script she is so well known for. Based in the northeast, Susan was artist in residence at St Peters anglo saxon church in Sunderland and has produced an amazing volume of work which she is binding together at the moment.

As with our last tutor workshop we had extra visitors, Janice, Helen & Lyn, plus a previous member, Heather. The script uses a pointed nib and pressure release to get the subtle thick/thin lines. We spent the first part of the session just focusing on getting the right letter shapes before adding the pressure/release to our strokes. It's a very delicate script and it takes a lot of practice to get the balance and flow right - although we only had one day with Susan we each managed a rough layout of some text to show at the end. I can see a few of our group will be practising this script again in our next meeting.

Below are some photos from the day, and a couple of spreads that Susan has done for St Peters Church.

Update on 2014 workshops

It's been far too long since I've posted on our blog... but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy!

We had a lovely second half of 2013 - In October we had Marlene Grey come as our guest tutor to hold a workshop on Uncials. A favourite script of ours and one that was nice to get back to basics with. We had three visitors come to the session also from other groups, Helen, Janice and Lyn. It's always good to get a few additional people along to bolster the numbers and it shows that calligraphers will travel to us for a good workshop!

Our November and December meetings were the usual in-house follow up and christmas celebrations, along with a bit of planning for 2014.

A few of our members had visited the Letters after Lindisfarne exhibition also so I've posted a few of those pictures below which have been created by various calligraphers from around the UK. Susan Moor is in the process of binding these pages together and I'll have an update on that in the next post.