From Cape Town I moved onward to Bloemfontein in the Free State where I met another wonderful group of talented calligraphers. Everyone could speak English of course but their first language was Afrikaans. I enjoyed listening to the classroom banter even though I had no understanding whatsoever of what they were saying. I am enjoying trialing SA cuisine in particular melktert and bobotie. Many thanks go to my host family Willemien, Franna, Dian & Mika Kruger for their hospitality and warm welcome.
The subject for our three day workshop was
"watercolour cut-back technique using Trajan letters".
Please enjoy these wonderful outcomes.
I have boldly taken steps to enter these two works into The Glover Prize here in Tasmania. Oh how brazen I am. I'll report back after 7th February 2020 when I'll know if I have been shortlisted. Fingers crossed everyone!
Can you believe these nibs!! I was excited when my host Barb King, who was looking after me for my recent versals workshop for the Calligraphers Guild of WA, said I must see these nibs. Barb was right! This nib sculpture is in Barrack Street at one of the entrances to the Supreme Court gardens. There was no plaque to tell me the sculptor, nor it's name. It may well be "somewhere" on the work. Makers ... please insist on leaving your mark!
I have done a little search and have come up with a couple of explanations to their significence. One is that scriveners worked nearby at the courts for the past two centuries ... but another says they have nothing to do with the courts at all and that they are related to the gardens and were a tribute to the far-sighted planners who established the gardens over a century and a half ago.
I took these photos obviously in the evening, lit up, as well as in daylight.