I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Peter Thornton Workshop

This past weekend I attended a workshop instructed by Peter Thornton, a Master Calligrapher, formerly from Lichfield, England. He is a Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society based in London, England. He has taught all over the world, including Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Europe.

The Triangle Calligraphers' Guild was fortunate to have him here in our midst, so we took full advantage of his generosity and talents!

The photo above shows my little workstation during the workshop. In it you will see two gilded little squares, two gessoed squares (before gilding), a gilded "P," my notes, and some tools used for gilding. If you will notice, you can see that there is a vacancy in the sheet of gold left by the P.

Come join our guild! We've lots to learn and to share!

More pics to follow!

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