Update: commissions, teaching & relaxing
This little vellum work will be on exhibition in April & May 2016 in London at Cornelissen & Son at 105 Great Russell Street. Many thanks to Patricia Lovett for organising this exhibition.
Ah, I haven't had time to scratch myself or so the saying goes! There have been some really lovely commissions that have crossed my desk recently. A very special one has arrived from The Folio Society, London, that I am thrilled to bits about. It is the design of a book cover, spine & title along with a number of - 20 odd - illuminated letters throughout the book. Once the publication is well under way and all briefs have been fulfilled and satisfied, I'll post a few images.
On the teaching scene my Tasmanian Wednesday workshops are going along nicely with interest in all things formal and informal calligraphy. I love these Wednesday get together as my class participants a eager and just lovely people. These workshop are held here in my home studio and are always fun and firm friendships are made.
Totally out of the box, just recently I ran a class on introduction to mandala drawing for the Kingborough Council. It was a very enjoyable day for folk who wanted to experience the relaxation and joy of mandala drawing. Again, I shall bring you some images soon.
It is a busy time for me leading up to my time away this winter in the northern summer United States. I have three workshops planned this year. The first in Washington DC where I will be catching up with Sheila Waters for some very serious lettering conversation. My workshop there will be for the Washington Calligraphers Guild, a five days on Versals. Then I am off to Ghost Ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico for five days finishing up with the 35th International Lettering Arts Conference A Show of Hands in Asheville, North Carolina. A four week period brimming with lettering and mixing with wonderful like-minded people.
Of course all these things take my time away from relaxing. I have been writing lesson plans, revisiting all my exemplars and basically make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed to ensure a smooth series of workshops.
I have taken a few days at Easter just to relax, finish a few loose ends, read some books and get into a good place so nothing overwhelms me. I have been making jams and relishes, stocking up for the winter. In May I shall be having my cataracts removed and new lenses surgically replaced. Eye surgery frightens me. I am sure it frightens everyone who finds themselves with appointments rapidly approaching. I do hope all will be well, and all manner of things will be well and I shall be able to see better and brighter thereafter, all jokes aside thank you.
If you are at all interested in joining my calligraphy workshops & classes list wherever you are in the world, please let me know and I'll add your email address to the biannual information notification.
Watch this space!
I am delighted too by the number of very fine calligraphy and allied arts classes around the country, such as I have just been reading about in this latest excellent issue of Postscript and the recent Colophon. I enjoy the company of my fellow tutors and wonderful students I meet through my work. Thank you Kate for your kind words. More and more I am looking forward to having these eyes done and getting it out of the way. x gb