Thursday, July 19, 2012




At the Textile and Fibre Forum ContextArt workshop in the Blue Mountains NSW, April 2013 I will be running two workshops. The first for two days on Understanding Formal Scripts and the second workshop for four days on Your Personal Calligraphic Journal.


When we start our calligraphic journey our intention is to make beautiful letters. We engage in the discipline of mastering formal hands though we may lose the vitality and enthusiasm in our work. This class will help develop a sound understanding of calligraphy & calligraphic practice.  Explore the tricks of the trade, develop your own personal script then bind your findings into your personal calligraphic reference journal or artists diary.


As a point of departure we will start with a cursive Italic and move towards creating dynamic lines of writing.  In this workshop we will dare to move into unchartered waters and explore ways to invigorate our love for letters both well-structured and newly developed. Specifically our aim will be to gain mastery of our calligraphy & texts and move forward and make our mark!

Monday, July 16, 2012


Gouache & ink on vellum

Josep Batlle replicates knot work and spirals from the Lindisfarne Gospels & the Book of Kells.


Gouache & ink on vellum


Spanish calligrapher and artist Josep Batlle, has devised a theory that the scribes of the high Celtic art manuscripts may have worked with metal coils to create their hundreds upon hundreds of spirals.  An article in the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) Journal, V.12 Issue 5 Summer 2007, introduced by Irish calligrapher Denis Brown, lead me to contact Josep and explore this theory with him.

Josep has kindly created these spirals and knot work for me to share with you.  Recently I gave an evening presentation for the gathering of calligraphers from all around the world at the Calligraphy Northwest Conference in Portland, Oregon.  Over the weeklong conference many people followed up with me to view some of these tiny & incredibly intricate pieces of work Josep produced just for this event. Here are a couple again for those who were unable to be there.

I appreciate Josep's support and thank him for his efforts.  For more information on Josep Batlle please visit his website here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pink!

At the recent CNW conference my class handouts came divided by "pink" pages.
So what to do with them ... demonstrate of course!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Inspirational Tables




I was proud of my class! 
Their efforts, graciousness and generosity in sharing has given me
courage and strength in my own work.


Again!


And again!


Sharon Zeugin




Annie Cicale





Ewan Clayton




Brody Neuenschwander




Denis Brown

These are a mere glimpse.  By this stage of the gathering my memory card was full so I enjoyed but can't show you, the rest of the inspirational tables.

Sheila Waters
Joke Boudens

Check out this amazing young woman. Her school for calligraphy & more
is an energising and refreshing move forward in our global love for letters.

Julian Waters
Carl Rohrs
Tim Botts
Susanne Moore
Randy Hasson ...

... and more.




Two wise men.
Two wise friends.

Carl Rohrs & Yves Leterme

Calligraphy Northwest 2012



The Father E.M. Catich stones 1954. 
I was surprised that the v-section carve was not deep though, very even and exquisitely painted.

 Kindly lent by the Portland Art Museum for the duration of the Calligraphy Northwest calligraphy conference which wound up this morning. Housed in the Library of Reed College.





See stone for information


Lloyd Reynolds - ink on brown paper


The Library, Reed College Portland Oregon.


The opportunity to see these works does not happen often. I feel privileged.

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In-class illumination demonstration

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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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