Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hand lettering, calligraphy & design classes

The remaining dates for 2014 are as follows in my

Hand lettering, calligraphy & design classes
Blackmans Bay Community Hall, Ocean Esplanade Blackmans Bay

                                      Beginners – Uncial & Celtic spirals
                                        Thursdays – 1pm – 3pm
                                        21th August – 18th September or
                                        23st October – 20th November

                                         Blackletter (Gothic) & Fraktur - continuing
                                        Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
                                        20th August – 17th September

                                         Foundational Hand - continuing
                                        Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
                                        22nd October – 19th November

 Course fee per five-week session $135.00
Enrolments are essential and are open now.
Email inquiries welcome click here

All six works SOLD!

I am delighted to announce that all six Rengetsu works have been sold. 
I am delighted further that the six pieces will remain as a set.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Six new & original works - for sale

I have just completed these six pieces with some of my favourite Rengetsu quotes.
First let me tell you a little about Rengetsu and why I relate to her work.

Otagaki Rengetsu, (1791 – 1875) lived through some of the richest times in Japanese history, the Edo period. Broken-hearted by divorce, the death of her second husband and subsequently her children, she became a Buddhist nun.
Rengetsu was a potter, a painter, a calligrapher and a poet/author. Her works are characterised by honesty, charm and simplicity of style.

It is Rengetsu’s honesty and charm which attracts me. In her works, she shows wisdom and a great awareness of people, society and nature. Rengetsu speaks in her work about her own aging and connection to the natural world. My works here represent a few of her gems. In these I hope to capture some of her timeless spirit.

As I mature I find I can express ever more clearly through my work, my feelings on the aging process and its effects on my life and the lives of those around me.  I look on this time in a positive light, rather than in a fearful way.

T H E   W O R K

These pieces are all 26cm (w) x 33cm (h)
on 300gsm Arches hotpress with a ground of inks and gesso worked in graphite.

The images are a good representation of the originals
and have not been retouched in any way.
The originals however, are far more sumptuous,
as you can see more clearly the colour and the texture.

The works are for sale at $180 each. 
$20.00 postage and packaging for Australia and
$30 postage and packaging for overseas.
All prices are in AUD.

If you are interested please send me a message with the name of the work
and let me know how you would like to pay.
I accept cards (Australia) and use PayPal (Australia and O/S).

(please click on the image)

Enjoy Delicious Sake (above)

Even for One (above)

 No place at the Inn (above)

The Day Begins (above)

The Spring Wind (above)

To Rise in the World (above) 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these lovely pieces!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Calligraphy at the Bay!

C A L L I G R A P H Y  A T   T H E   B A Y

 Blackmans Bay Community Hall, Ocean Esplanade Blackmans Bay

Remaining 2014 Dates
Beginners - Uncials
Thursdays 1pm – 3pm
21th August – 18th September
23st October – 20th November

Continuing - Fraktur
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
20th August – 17th September

Continuing - Foundational Hand
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
22nd October – 19th November

Fee per five-week course $135.00
Includes course notes, tuition & morning or afternoon teas.
Enrollments are essential.
For further information and to secure
your spot in the class please email Gemma

Visit my website too!

Visit my website too!
In-class illumination demonstration

Something about Gemma

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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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