Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I know I am supposed to be working but ...



When I was in Texas recently my gorgeous girlfriend Julie Gray
gave me a little goodie bag with all sorts of bits and bobs in it.
Amongst the little bitsy arty presents was this tiny rubber stamp alphabet.  

So I opened it!



Here it is! Each one of these is approximately 5mm square.



I took a look down through the cracks!




Then I cut it up!




I took a print. That was fun. AG(E)MSY get it? My sister Brig will.




I cut it up some more, whipped out some decorated off-cuts and
had some fun with my Instagram username.


This was a lot of fun!!!!




And there is this too!


Ah, back to work!















Monday, September 8, 2014

It's nice to be busy




Happy 80th Birthday Larry Sitsky!

I have prepared these place cards for the celebration dinner after Larry Sitsky's
concert at Government House Wednesday evening.

It is lovely to be busy again.































Thursday, August 14, 2014

Part One: Dallas Texas



The Renaissance Richardson Hotel, Dallas Texas
Home of the Legacies II 2014 conference






The Atrium Foyer





Thank you Angie Vangalis
Conference  Director





I was in Symphony 2, an appropriate room name don't you think?


The brief was to teach versals from and historic perspective
bringing them into a contemporary and freer setting.
We studied forms from manuscripts such as the Metz Gospels,
the Trinity Gospels, the Winchester Bible and so on moving forward through the ages
to 20th century interpretations of those forms by the likes of Edward Johnston,
Irene Wellington, David Jones and more.

Vivacious Versals!

My class participants worked hard on particularly difficult forms
and I was very pleased with their outcomes and achievements.
In class there was open communication, questions,
demonstrations and huge effort on behalf of everyone.
I think they all went away exhausted but happy.




The day before the conference began Barb, Nancy & I took a trip on the Dart to:


Downtown Plano.



With Barb girlfriend of 28 years.





Nancy with Barb and I on the trip to Downtown Plano.


Waiting for the opening extravaganza and a talk by Ewan Clayton.


Friends: Amity, Peter, Rachel, Randy & Georgia.



Selfie, ha!





We were treated to three stimulating and thought provoking lectures during the conference.
The first was Ewan Clayton's brilliant expose of handwriting in our lives and the question "is it to disappear?" 

This image from Carl Rohrs lecture Calligraphy, commercial lettering, type design and posters in Germany in the 1920s.

And finally but not least on the closing evening, Julian Waters Gudrun & Hermann Zapf.

To me these well researched, detailed and in some instances humourous talks
were like drenching rain to a parched desert. Thank you gentlemen!



My classroom, Symphony 2!






In-class demonstrations.











Rachel Yallop working on Trish Taylor's surprise booklet.




Some light reading and postcard writing before bed.




On our afternoon off it was a much wanted trip into downtown Dallas with Carl Rohrs
for a stop over at the Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll. Tick!


Then it was off to experience "barbecue" (smoked ribs & other stuff)
before we saw this lovely lady with pink toenails!





Back to the Renaissance for … book signing!


There was a time for book signing where  those of us included in Gaye Godfrey Nicholls
Mastering Calligraphy were invited to sign our pages. What a fun evening, thank you John Neal!





And there was the odd Margarita with friends Rachel, Ewan & Georgia in the bar!




A look around the show and share room on the final day.



Class contributions to the show and share.



Carol DuBosch

Class contributions to the show and share.



Class contributions to the show and share.






Class contributions to the show and share.



Class contributions to the show and share.



Lorraine Douglas



Well done team!
Class photo (a couple missing unfortunately)








A couple of tables at the show & share:










With Barbara Calzolari



With Barb & Amity




With Barb






















The lovely & talented Rachel Yallop







With my friends Heather, Jules and Pat.

And … if our much missed friend Mary Ann David were still with us
this is what she would have said "Hello Ladies"!








With the beautiful Georgia.




Awesome! My hang-out-in Dallas buddy Carl!





Thank you Judy Mueller for taking home my Lilium et Rosa.







Friends Peter, Carol & Gail.





Aw shucks, it's my friend Randy!




Thank you for viewing to the end of Part One: Dallas Texas

Stay tuned for Part Two: Keeping Austin Weird!







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I am an Australian calligrapher. I enjoy working with of letters and grounds.

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