Monday, June 10, 2019

It's time!

It is time for me to retire from teaching. More and more I am enjoying my time in the studio, time with my gorgeous family and time of course, with David (aka the Oboe Player). At aged 62 and with a twenty year international teaching period behind me it is time for me to concentrate on my own creativity, write all those articles I have been wanting to for many years and present some bodies of work of my own. These feelings have been bubbling since I undertook the residency at la Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venezia where I found pure joy indulging myself in studio work on a daily basis. Admittedly the sights and sounds of la Serenissima helped. I do however enjoy the goings on up and around the River Derwent.

I would like to contribute much more to the local arts and crafts community and I can't do that while prepping for lessons, travelling and teaching. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit places I normally wouldn't. I have spent such wonderful times with people from all around the world, many of whom I now call friends. Their warmth and hospitality has helped make the long trips worthwhile.

One of the things I feel deeply about is fine calligraphic work demonstrating depth of spirit, knowledge and technique. I feel I have given much to help others understand and learn the true history & character of letters, the making of letters & marks and their educated placement. It is now time for me to put the teaching desires away. Finally I shall be able to deliver on all those promises I have made to myself to create and do for others. I want to kick around in Australia a lot more, get deeper in to our own lettering and arts scene and study early indigenous carvings and paintings as a way of communication.

Excitedly I will meet all my teaching commitments for 2020 - Germany, Slovenia, the UK & US - and come 2021 I shall cease all international teaching.

Here are a few images from my latest 20.5/20.5 series.


W A T C H   T H I S   S P A C E

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Women of the Island

It is a great honour to be a part of
Women of the Island short video series.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A discovery:

I have just discovered this interview Yvonne Sonsino did with me recently in Artdington, UK.
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The Traveller

My goodness 2018 seems to have moved on so rapidly and I have rolled along with it. My recent trip to the UK and Sweden was so wonderful, I worked hard, met many many lovely people who looked after me.  I enjoyed my time learning, sharing, giving and receiving and travelling with Pam for most of the time. How grateful I am for this opportunity. The only sad this is that my partner could not travel with me to enjoy meeting all these moments too.  Shortly I'll post some of my favourite moments. Here is one on my very last day in the UK on a revisit to Windsor Castle where I studied at the Royal Archive on my Churchill Fellowship.

Watch this space ...

Monday, August 13, 2018

The English Countryside

Currently I am enjoying a trip around the English countryside with my friend Pam. We are attending the CLAS Festival of Calligraphy and enjoying the camaraderie with fellow travelers and scribes. It is really lovely to take a car around enjoying little villages and pubs along the way instead of battling the public transport system which at times can be somewhat disastrous.  How fortunate we are.

At our digs, The Old Manor Stables, Letcombe Regis.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Buderim, beautiful Buderim

It was the Cnut Charter Hand I took to Buderim, QLD in April this year. A thoroughly enjoyable couple of days with the Craft Cottage Calligraphers.
Eadvius Basan, scribe of Christ Church, Canterbury between 1012-1023, was well known for being the major scribe of the Arundel Psalter BL Ms. 115. Also for his work on at least one Charter of King Cnut, Ms.1003 as well as a number of others major works.
The .pdf of my Cnut Charter Hand handouts is available for sale through PayPal for $20 EACH.  Please contact me to request a purchase.
Enjoy these samples from the workshop.


Decorative Capitals exemplar in
 use with Charter Hands





Senātus Populusque Rōmānus
The Senate and People of Rome


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Autumnal Canberra 2018

It was refreshing and rejuvenating to visit Canberra in the Autumn.
Here are a couple of my favourite photos.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Who's that?

Oh my god, it's crazy out there on the streets and canals of Venice. Two nights before Christmas and the "buon Natale" love & fever is all around us.  Imagine the scene, lane ways crammed with shoppers, boxes, parcels, people of every race & creed, strolling, running, dashing here and there ... wait ... was that Santa Claus I saw in a gondola just now?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Text, Print & Paint: Venice

Better late than never. These photos are my snaps.
I am hoping under good lighting to get much better images.


Prepping the gallery.


David & Deirdre Kelly (Scuola curator & artist) bumping in. 

Not a good pic but you'll get the idea:


Ready!  Tomorrow evening the opening is at 6pm with music by none other than David Nuttall Principal Oboist, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and my gorgeous partner. Wishing all our girls were here to join in the fun. To Amy Ellen & Laura I dedicate this show.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Madrid, winter 2017

It is the trip of a lifetime. Invited to the exciting city of Madrid I have fallen in love with another European city and it's people. Thanks to my friends and great calligrapher and teacher Anna Coll & her husband Pepe.

I attended an amazing exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornmeisza Gallery ...

... and spent a day at the Prado. I certainly got my steps up at these galleries. Amazing works.  I was thrilled to come across one of my absolute favourites Georgia O'Keefe.

 I have fallen in love with Madrid.

A pic of the class on our final day.

These were the early-birds to class and...

... here were the wonderful mischief makers. I loved every minute of it.

I am so fortunate.



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In-class illumination demonstration

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Blackmans Bay, Tasmania, Australia
I am an Australian, a letter designer & calligrapher. I enjoy working with letters and grounds, teaching and mixing with like-minded people.


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