Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On a lighter note: Hamish selfie





I am not sure but is this Hamish's first selfie at eighteen months?




A memorial & farewell for Dorothy Frances Nuttall










Dorothy Frances Nuttall

22nd June 1926 to 14th July 2015


Friday 23rd October 2015
We held a lovely Memorial and Farewell for David's mother
Dorothy Frances Nuttall.


Dorothy passed away unexpectedly on 14th July 2015 after a severe fall causing a brain bleed in the aged care facility Hawthorn Village that left her in a coma for two days.  Over twenty friends joined David, me and his daughter Laura at the Uniting Church at Kippax in Canberra to reminisce and say goodbye. Many thanks to my friend Jill Robertson for her help and advice.  Here are just a couple of photos of Dorothy's friends and family from the gathering.
























Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.




Declaration Against Modern Slavery



I feel privileged to have been involved in creating the text for the book, the Declaration Against Modern Slavery for the Minderoo Foundation & Andrew Forest. Working with bookbinders John & Joy Tonkin, of BookArts Canberra, has been a pleasure.  We had a pretty wacky time under a good deal of pressure due to time constraints.  Today I saw the final product of John & Joy's exquisite bindings making the hard work and the related stress worthwhile.

There were two pages already created by a Vatican scribe.  As the calligrapher, I had to closely simulate their Italian Hand for my pages, there were lots of them.  I was pleased as you can hardly tell the difference.  I was also pleased because it was a very fine specimen.

The books will travel the world to raise awareness of modern slavery, for information and signatures of civil, sovereign, religious, corporate leaders and people of influence globally.









This outer book is actually a solander box to house the inner book.




Mont Blanc fountain pen securely housed.

































Sunday, October 25, 2015

Medieval Illumination workshop one.





This week I am visiting Canberra to teach two workshops on medieval illumination. One this weekend and one next weekend.  The class were a mix of calligraphers, bookbinders and conservators from various institutions around Canberra and Melbourne.  What a wonderful group and amazing outcomes.  We used the Endangered Heritage pigments. What a great specialist shop for all things conservation and presetvation - click here to go to Endangered Heritage.  All images are from the Bodleain Bestiary. Nearly all works were on vellum, pumiced, sanderaced and using gum ammoniacum, 23.75 ct gold. 

Enjoy this weekends efforts!









































More after the second workshop next weekend. In the meantime I am going to play with one gorgeous young boy Hamish Hulbert, hooray!







Calligraphy Society of Tasmania workshop



Over two Sundays a month apart (September & October) I lead a workshop for the Calligraphy Society of Tasmania. 

The class were delighted with their outcomes. Here are just a few samplers.




 

G is for gorgeous work.






 Water-soluble graphite.






Heads down!







 O is for Orchid.





Pencil trials on black.






Pencil sampler and a good time had by all.






Birthday girl ...



I had a truly wonderful birthday!






Monday, October 12, 2015

The last of Sydney ...


This was a total surprise but I was delighted to be included in the Inspiring Australians book
by Penelope Hanley.  I look so young!






 I am always excited about sweet spots on the pavement
especially if they have lettering. This one at Circular Quay.




Demonstrations on my recent trip to Sydney.





 This one was one for Clementine, I didn't want to forget her.
All my demonstrations - the fast and the furious - were given away to adults and children alike
... they were very excited! I was supposed to demonstrate for one hour. Two hours later I was exhausted and ready for a relaxing trip to the NSW Fire, Search and Rescue demonstration.





 ... and this was because he threw water on the burning oil on the stove
when a lid would have done perfectly well!




 I read it in the City Extra! Australia's best.
We are very proud of family members & Henry Jones in Tasmania.








I think this guy sitting near me is a movie star! I used my zoom lens, what do you think?











Sunday, October 11, 2015

Feelings ... on a thought provoking and sad day





This quote is apt for for me today:

“I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou




Friday, October 9, 2015

Art 'n About with this little calligrapher ...


Well here we are in Sydney and how lovely it is to visit my home town. Art 'n About around the streets there were some special treats.



In the forecourt of Customs House Library at Circular Quay
Near Kin Kin 

an Art 'n About sculpture



Outside



Looking up from inside Near Kin Kin - amazing 




Inside





I have been welcomed by the Australian Society of Calligraphers (ASC)
yet again to present on behalf of the members. This lecture was entitled Calligraphy and Hand-Lettering in the Twenty-first Century,  great expose of the calligraphic works of friends and colleagues around the world. I would like to thank the following people for their support:

Carl Rohrs
Gaynor Goffe 
Loredana Zega
Denis Brown
Sharon Zeugin
Yves Leterme
Luca Barcelona
Massimo Polello
Rhonda Ailiffe
Brody Neuenschwander
Andrew van der Merwe
Joy Tonkin
John Tonkin
Tony & Matt Woodhams
Julie Gray
Heather Lee

Establishments:
The Klingspor Museum
The Schreibewerkstatt-Klingspor Offenbach Karlgeorg & Maria Hoefer Archive
St Paul's Cathedral Library


And to those gone before:

Edward Johnston
Irene Wellington
David Jones
Lorna Bambury
Georgia Deaver


Very special thanks to Shas Baker for her expertise and organisation of the event and liaison with the State Library of NSW. And a special thanks to Bob Howe for his kind words of introduction.
Thank you Meg Dunworth for this image.

I was honoured to share such wonderful works and I feel secure in the knowledge that our craft will live for many many years to come.

Continuing the weekend has been many wonderful events organised by the
Winston Chruchill Memorial Trust. 





This superb Coburn not seen before was in the Reception room at NSW State Parliament. I have a special place in my heart for the works of John Coburn.







 

In a word: Magnificent!



Here follows two unlikely Fellows.


 

Gemma 1991 Fellow & David 1977 Fellow
What a team!



 Dressed up and ready for this evening's NSW Government House Reception.


  Kait & David (former student & tutor)



 


Two very special gentlemen in my Churchill life.  Ian Richards form CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and under who's watch I received my fellowship (David too). And Paul Tys Current CEO and great supporter of all Fellows new and earlier.






 Goodnight all!



















Visit my website too!

Visit my website too!
In-class illumination demonstration

Something about Gemma

My photo
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.

Followers

Blog Archive