past workshops 2015

FEBRUARY 2015

Folded Diptychs and Triptychs
Josie Brown
Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14 Feb 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15 Feb 2015

This workshop will result in at least one, possibly two, completed diptych or triptych – taking you through the stages of measuring, cutting and constructing this simple folded structure which is both elegant and fully functional. A handy way to present calligraphy that doesn’t have to be framed (easy to post too), offering a thoroughly distinctive piece of work. If there’s time, we will also look at design considerations for dealing with separate panels that need to link together.

Equipment and materials needed:

Cover papers should be of the same weight, but contrasting colours on the inside and outside look really good, so match these accordingly – also ribbons for connecting boards, if desired. Paper on the outside, if not to be written on can be handmade, plant or rough papers, but if you intend to write directly on the inside then choose a suitable paper. Canson, Ingres or Murano are good for these structures and are easy to write on – weight approx. 160gsm or 100lbs. Decorated or wrapping papers can be used for the outside of miniature dip/triptychs, with white/cream inside – we may have time to make diddy ones.

Tutor will have some papers for sale.


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MARCH 2015

A Flavour of Arabia
Vivien Lunniss FSSI, FCLAS
Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14th March 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15th March 2015

A completely new script which was designed for a particular commission.
The script has elements of Italic, Legende and maybe even a bit of Arthur Baker, but most of all the intention was that it looks like an Arabic script but using the Roman alphabet.
This script doesn’t mind being big or small, so bring big and small nibs, exercise your colour senses and bring colours you would associate with the culture and some paper that will do your writing justice.
Read a review of the workshop here.

Examples of work from the workshop may be seen on the Gallery page (top two pieces).

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APRIL 2015

Flourishing
Mary Noble
Port Sunlight:                     Saturday 11th April 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 12th April 2015

Start simple, work towards going wild -flourishing is everyone's dream version of Italic which turns into a nightmare when the swirls don't go where you want them... Spend a day taming them and then developing the confidence to go wild.  
Materials List
Lots and lots and lots of A3 paper - flourishes take up a lot of space! (20 sheets minimum)
Pens: Mitchells don't lend themselves to freely flowing strokes so please bring Brause or Speedball nibs, smallish (Brause 1.5, 2; Speedball 2,3,4) Plenty of free-flowing ink that doesn't bleed on your masses of paper and any examples of flourished calligraphy you admire.

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MAY 2015

Nicely Neuland… by Jan Pickett

Port Sunlight:                     Saturday 9th May 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 10th May 2015

Written, drawn, decorated and delicious! 
These versatile Capital letters designed by Rudolph Koch can be used for both formal and informal work, whether written with an edged pen or drawn and decorated.
Using a variety of sizes of edged pens, we'll write them, first individually, then in closely stacked blocks of text and explore their character. We will write them with watercolour, lifting out and dropping in colour wet-in-wet, changing their personality from sombre to lighthearted, depending on the effect required. Later in the day, people can choose to either continue the pen version or draw and decorate a few as well. A day for all levels, so come and enjoy these chunky chaps!
Nicely Neuland Capitals

Materials-
Board & usual gear…such as

Optional extras
Trocol bronze powders
White, silver and gold gel pens.

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JUNE 2015

Writing in Geometric shapes
Workshop tutor: David Price
Port Sunlight:                     Saturday 13th June 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 14th June 2015

David PriceBrief Outline of the Workshop
Writing in geometric shapes – creating shape and pattern can add a new dimension to your calligraphy. We will explore writing in different geometric shapes such as square, rectangle, circle, spiral, and a simple labyrinth. Monoline Roman Capitals will be demonstrated (but you may prefer to use a different script instead). The use of ‘Brusho’ colour will be demonstrated but you may prefer to use walnut ink of black ink.
This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced calligraphers.

Geometric calligraphy

Materials:
In addition to your usual calligraphy materials please bring:
 

 

Optional materials (bring if you have them, but not essential)

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JULY 2015

Jilly Hazeldine with Ruling Pen Rules!
Port Sunlight:        July 11th
Lower Withington: July 12th

A folded ruling pen is the tool of the moment, giving a more casual, contemporary letter than an edged pen. Pens made from cola cans are flimsy and quite difficult to handle well, so we'll start by making a pen from litho plate (courtesy of Bob Alldred; thank you, Bob) which is more substantial, and dowelling. A different hold and method of writing is required, so we will work on that and it will be useful to have a knowledge of italic. If you have a folded brass ruling pen as sold by John Neal, do bring it with you.

Materials:
Litho plate will be provided and I will supply dowelling at small cost.
Small piece of tracing paper.
Fine liner pen
Small embossing tool if you have one; don't buy specially
Duct tape
Scissors
Small piece of fine sandpaper or wet and dry
Single-hole punch if you have one
Good quality cartridge paper (a slightly textured surface is good)
Ink - ruling pens use a lot of ink, so bring a fairly new bottle
Ruler, pencil, masking tape, board (not strictly necessary as you can work flat)
A short quote

www.gillianhazeldine.co.uk

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SEPTEMBER 2015

Akim
Workshop tutor: Clare Whittaker
Port Sunlight:                     Saturday 12th September 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 13th September 2015

Change of venue for September only - Port Sunlight
Please note that the venue for the September workshop is the Church Hall, Bridge Street, Port Sunlight and not the Lyceum, our usual venue, which has been booked (a long time ago) for a wedding celebration.
The Church Hall is on the other side of the road to the Lyceum (opposite the bowling green) and is set back a little way up the small side road. 

Hans-Joachim Burgert was a controversial figure in the world of 20th century calligraphy. Akim script

He had specific ideas concerning the development of letters and these have had a great influence over modern day calligraphers and letterers. We shall consider these ideas and then go on to study one of the scripts he developed, namely Akim.

Materials List:

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OCTOBER 2015

A Piece of Persia
Vivien Lunniss

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 10th October 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 11th October 2015

Both days 10.00 - 4.00 p.m. as usual.
Moving on from the Flavour of Arabia, this workshop will include capital letters to accompany the script from the March workshop.
These capitals will then be combined
with Persian style decoration - motifs and borders which Vivien will supply, although please bring your own if you have them.
This is all still achievable even if you didn’t attend the March workshop.
A small piece of Persian Delight!

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NOVEMBER 2015

Layering
Gillian Hazeldine

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14th November 2015
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15th November 2015

Layering with resist and transparent inks adds depth and interest to work.
The inks mix where overlaid too, so good effects can be achieved using a limited number of colours.
Members will find more details and materials lists for these workshops in their newsletter.

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NOTICE

Annual General Meeting and Christmas Social
Sunday, 6 December 2015.  11:00 am.
Venue: Lower Withington Parish Hall, Lower Withington, Cheshire. SK11 9DX
AGM to begin at 11 am followed by lunch and exhibition. 
Members will find more details with their newsletter.