Thursday, October 18, 2012

Perth ampersand & other ligatures workshop

Day One:
pen designed ampersands and other ligatures were explored from the past 2000 years. 

The "and sign" (&) is a ligature of two letters e & t from the word "et" meaning "and". The word ampersand comes from the slurring, over time, of the phrase "and per se and" meaning "and on it's own and". It is a letter and word on it's own, ie. the ligatured "et".

Day Two:
the painting of Celtic Ampersands
 In-class gilding demonstration

In-class painting demonstration

The Perth Ampersand Class

Class Celtic ampersands below.
Created on day two.

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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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