In whatever you are trying to achieve, Milton Glaser has the answer.
On Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, Brother William will be hard at work in the scriptorium. Come and say hello, and perhaps help him with his scribblings.
If you have an interest in the history of Dunstable, or indeed, the wider history of the UK, these Medieval Dunstable project pages, especially the Timeline and Tournament articles must be seen. Thanks to Jean Yates and team for all their hard work on this project and to Dunstable Town Council for arranging this weekend, and for inviting me along to join in the celebrations.
If I get chance, I hope to take some pics of the weekend’s entertainment and will post them asap.
Keep watching this space.
Isn’t it strange, how sometimes, something catches the eye and demands your attention?
Walking through the shopping precinct in Houghton Regis, a small town between Luton and Dunstable, that Gill and I rarely visit, I noticed a shop window full of old reconditioned sewing machines. It was not the machinery that had attracted me but the various display cards that accompanied them which were all written in a very distinctive hand. Then I realised it was not just sewing machines for sale but a whole range of art and craft materials, and what scribe can stop themselves from entering what they see as an Aladdin’s cave?
Cutting a very long story short. I found that the cards in the window were written by Julie Kent, a co- student of the calligraphy class I had attended in Dunstable College, some thirty-ish years ago. Though we have both taught and practised our art in the same area for all this time, we had never come into contact again.
Now, it seems that Julie, in partnership with Les, runs this emporium as an outreach for a local church and offers facilities for children’s groups, various classes, arts/crafts, and yes you’ve guessed it, CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOPS .
Subsequently I have returned on two occasions during calligraphy sessions and having met the participants and seen some of their work, I must say I am impressed, not only with the standard of work achieved, but with the enthusiasm, commitment and friendliness of all involved, and the TEA! Hot, strong and sweet! Oh! and each time I have walked away with a bag full of goodies. Brand names at very reasonable prices. I can’t wait to get to grips with the Fabriano papers.
Some of the works created by Julie’s group.
On top of all this, Julie continues to take commissions. Not only for calligraphy but also her beautiful watercolour paintings.
Some of Julie’s pieces .
I hope you have enjoyed this foray into deepest Bedfordshire. I hope it will be a reminder to us all to keep our eyes open for those little gems that are literally on our doorsteps.
A link to my subsequent Calligraphy Workshop at Jewels.
Keep watching this space.
Regular visitors will be aware of the many videos and other educational tidbits that are hidden away in links here at Bill’s Space. Recently I have happened across a few that really deserve to be a feature in their own right, so every now and then I will post something that really ” gets me going ” as it were. This first one was pointed out to me by Angela, one of my Fb friends, herself a teacher, calligrapher, artist. Thanks Angela. This is a great example of the enthusiasm of the teacher which is obviously rubbing off on the children in this workshop.
This next, is an example of the plethora of videos produced by the BBC and freely distributed on YouTube.
I have recently posted links to BBC iPlayer videos and have been disappointed to hear that many non UK viewers were unable to see them. I am hoping that this one will open up new posibilities. See related videos.
This one was pointed out to me by Heather.
Lettercutting in slate
Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address. 2005
From Masters to Beginners
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