A document

The Motion of Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

It was an honour and a privilege.

 Some adjustments had to be made.  The board needed the roll at the base so I could gently slide the vellum around the table as I worked. A sure way not to crease the vellum.

Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

The text block in pen & ink had to be done first. I used Korean stick ink which gives the finest and the crispest letter forms and hairlines with 1.5, 1 & 3/4 Brause nibs. This beautiful piece of calf skin vellum was so delicious to write on, it was calligraphy heaven!

 The penned illuminated initials.

 The penciled Coat of Arms



 Detail of the gilding.
The gilding always comes before any colour so the gold does not stick to the gouache.

 Detail again.

A close-up of some of the flourished capitals.

A swatch must be made for each and every document so the same skin or paper is being used. This is a safeguard and a sure way to know the surface is perfect, or not, for every tool and media used.  I have quite a few swatches now and plan to frame them one day.

 To create the small illuminated letters and the Coat of Arms I work upside down.


The finished document. This is not a professional photograph just a snap on my camera, which is why I couldn't get it straight without warping. I can assure you the lines on the document are straight!

The document is approximately 70mm wide x 900mm in length.

 I left the top of the document with it's natural edge.


This manuscript, the
Motion of Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants,
will be presented on Friday 16 November in Federal Parliament.
The manuscript will be housed in a sealed specially designed cabinet diagonally opposite the
Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples
in Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.

This was an emotional document to tackle. As the creator of the manuscript I had to keep in mind how important the words were, their meaning and their legacy. I tried to make sure I didn't over embellish it just to make a fancy and showy piece of work.  I hope I have done the words justice and hope too that the Forgotten Australians will no longer be forgotten.

Gotta love the tools and the media ... yay!


joy said…
What an amazing project, what beautiful work.
Gemma Black said…
Thank you both for your kind words, Joy & Marina. x gb
letterlady said…
Mmmmmmm! It's beautiful. I like seeing all of the tools and swatch work you do, and I'd like to see that framed piece of swatches one day...I think it will be very interesting and a great reference work.
Anonymous said…
What an incredible undertaking! Beautiful.
Fiona Dempster said…
Simply Stunning G - and such a special commission...
Really impressive. Congratulations!
Velma Bolyard said…
just happened over from fiona's blog and found this beautiful and important piece. congratulations on a job very very well done.
Cari said…
eGemma, thank you for sharing your painstaking process. Beautiful work and very inspiring! I can almost hear your sigh of relief when it was successfully finished!
Best to you, Cari
Gemma Black said…
Thank you Fiona, Sally, Cari, Jan, Ferdinandus and Velma.
Elaine said…
Congratulations! Lovely to see another of your beautifully executed pieces and again suited perfectly to the commission.
Gemma Black said…
Thank you Elaine! The CCS participants who went to Jindabyne said it was fantastic. How I miss our calligraphy Jindabyne sojourns.
x gb

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