Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Foundation Degree in Calligraphy / Term 3 week #1

The first session with Italics. Our tutor is Gaynor Goffe, an absolute master of this and many other hands. What a privilege we all feel....five of us getting almost individual attention from one of the world's leading exponents....truly awesome! Here are some of my stumbling first steps....When asked by Gaynor if any of us had done any italics before, I rather foolishly replied that I had done a little bit. Whereupon she asked me to write out some lines in 'my italic'. Later on in the day, after some intense teaching and lots of practice, I was able to compare what I had done with my earlier attempts....what a laugh!

Nathalie gets some one to one from the maestro....Monoline letters before getting into some continuous writing in different nib sizes.Preparation sheets for a historical script analysis.Four different lines from four different students...!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Foundation Degree in Calligraphy / Term 3 week #1

We've started a new term, which will be the final term of the first year! We will be studying bookbinding with Sharon Shaw and also Italics with Gaynor Goffe. I've been looking forward to this term very much, and after our first session I am sure we are going to learn lots and have a great time doing it.We started by making three books in the first session! Here Sharon shows how it's done, folding the sections and sewing them into the covers. Here are my efforts, which I thoroughly enjoyed making. Only one real botch up, so I'll repeat one of the books during the Easter holiday.