This is a long overdue post, but my lovely friend Carole Dow won the March draw as I was about to leave for Australia…so:
I’m not really sure what drew me to Calligraphy. I have always admired lettering, but had never thought of actually doing it myself until my local Adult Education centre introduced it. I joined the class, and enjoyed learning the different hands but I wasn’t sure where I was going with it until, after a couple of years, and at another centre, I had the amazing good fortune to meet Lin who was standing in for our tutor who was sick.
That one session was an absolute revelation. Lin opened our eyes to just what could be done with lettering in a creative and exciting way. I went home buzzing!
Her use of colour and texture together with a freer approach to the calligraphic form was inspirational. We continued with Lin as our tutor and I then joined her Book Art group – Open Books Inc.
This group of creative, supportive women further widened my horizons as far as calligraphy and art was concerned. As well as working together, we laugh and sometimes have needed to cry together, and I believe we have grown together in our creative confidence. I know without them and without Lin’s constant encouragement, I would never have made the books or calligraphic pieces that I have.
When Lin moved to Oxford, we missed her inspiration and direction, but her encouragement and influence had given us all such a strong bond that we keep going with our Book Art group – Open Books, sharing ideas, experiences and friendship.
At the moment I do very little formal calligraphy, but I find I use much of what I have learned from Lin – the use of colour and design – in my set design work for our local youth theatre, and of course cards, books and special pieces for friends’ weddings and suchlike, and look forward to doing more as time allows.
I would like to add that I have seen this lovely book which is a collaborative piece. The embroiderer did tiny squares for each line of verse – you can see one on the bottom of the first page – and Carole made the book using silks, laminated monoprinted papers and did the lettering in monoline uncials.
Thank you, Carole, for sharing your calligraphic journey: