Just a quick note to let you know what I have been doing lately.
In my trawling around the web, looking for calligraphy groups, I have noticed that mostly, we are restricted to adding photos to just a group album and that comments are concentrated mainly on the photos concerned , or are tucked away in discussions / topics pages or the like, and interaction is extremely limited.
Windows live have recently been offering group spaces, and having made initial enquiries I was able to set up a basic page or two, not knowing where it would lead. Luckily I was able to name the group Calligraphy, Have a look to see how far I have got. http://calligraphy.groups.live.com/
My hope is that the group will bring all levels of all the crafts allied to Calligraphy and Lettering together in a spirit of togetherness and mutual understanding of the joys and trials and tribulations of this path we have chosen to follow. Most of us golden oldies will remember how difficult it was to make a start , and if each of us were able to pass on just the smallest of encouraging hints or tips, the mind boggles at the wealth of knowledge that could be built up over the years. Beginners and improvers will be actively encouraged to post their work for critique and advice, then to add their own observations to the common pool.
So far I have been able to work out how to set up a sort of forum and various other page titles, http://cid-000918677525939e.groups.office.live.com/documents.aspx?sa=901499833 and a juicy array of albums just to get us started. As well as the usual group album we are able to set up other categories with sub folders and more importantly, each scribe should be able to set up their own album which can be accessed ( but not edited ) by the whole group, so, creating a showcase for the various disciplines one is involved in, http://cid-000918677525939e.groups.photos.live.com/albums.aspx Have a look and let me know how you get on.
This is just the beginning of your group. I hope that once it is up and running, those who are really actively interested will find a way to keep all this on an even keel but for now, I am open to suggestions. So join up now to make your input matter. At present to get access to all the functions, one has to request to join and then wait for me to open the door, as it were. I shall try not to keep you waiting too long.
Cheers. I look forward to seeing you.
Keep watching this space.