Thursday, July 10, 2014

Making good use of time

Time is quiet on the commission front so I thought I would use this time to work on some more sample pieces for my workshop in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas next week at Legacies II.  It will give the participants more of an idea of where we are heading.  I hope you like them, my more formal and my more vivacious versals!

This last one is from my workbook,
it was an in-class demonstration to show participants how these letters were created but do not copy the wording it is inaccurate.
I needed to fill some space so just wrote ashes to ashes.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hand lettering, calligraphy & design classes

The remaining dates for 2014 are as follows in my

Hand lettering, calligraphy & design classes
Blackmans Bay Community Hall, Ocean Esplanade Blackmans Bay

                                      Beginners – Uncial & Celtic spirals
                                        Thursdays – 1pm – 3pm
                                        21th August – 18th September or
                                        23st October – 20th November

                                         Blackletter (Gothic) & Fraktur - continuing
                                        Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
                                        20th August – 17th September

                                         Foundational Hand - continuing
                                        Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
                                        22nd October – 19th November

 Course fee per five-week session $135.00
Enrolments are essential and are open now.
Email inquiries welcome click here

All six works SOLD!

I am delighted to announce that all six Rengetsu works have been sold. 
I am delighted further that the six pieces will remain as a set.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Six new & original works - for sale

I have just completed these six pieces with some of my favourite Rengetsu quotes.
First let me tell you a little about Rengetsu and why I relate to her work.

Otagaki Rengetsu, (1791 – 1875) lived through some of the richest times in Japanese history, the Edo period. Broken-hearted by divorce, the death of her second husband and subsequently her children, she became a Buddhist nun.
Rengetsu was a potter, a painter, a calligrapher and a poet/author. Her works are characterised by honesty, charm and simplicity of style.

It is Rengetsu’s honesty and charm which attracts me. In her works, she shows wisdom and a great awareness of people, society and nature. Rengetsu speaks in her work about her own aging and connection to the natural world. My works here represent a few of her gems. In these I hope to capture some of her timeless spirit.

As I mature I find I can express ever more clearly through my work, my feelings on the aging process and its effects on my life and the lives of those around me.  I look on this time in a positive light, rather than in a fearful way.

T H E   W O R K

These pieces are all 26cm (w) x 33cm (h)
on 300gsm Arches hotpress with a ground of inks and gesso worked in graphite.

The images are a good representation of the originals
and have not been retouched in any way.
The originals however, are far more sumptuous,
as you can see more clearly the colour and the texture.

The works are for sale at $180 each. 
$20.00 postage and packaging for Australia and
$30 postage and packaging for overseas.
All prices are in AUD.

If you are interested please send me a message with the name of the work
and let me know how you would like to pay.
I accept cards (Australia) and use PayPal (Australia and O/S).

(please click on the image)

Enjoy Delicious Sake (above)

Even for One (above)

 No place at the Inn (above)

The Day Begins (above)

The Spring Wind (above)

To Rise in the World (above) 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these lovely pieces!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Calligraphy at the Bay!

C A L L I G R A P H Y  A T   T H E   B A Y

 Blackmans Bay Community Hall, Ocean Esplanade Blackmans Bay

Remaining 2014 Dates
Beginners - Uncials
Thursdays 1pm – 3pm
21th August – 18th September
23st October – 20th November

Continuing - Fraktur
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
20th August – 17th September

Continuing - Foundational Hand
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
22nd October – 19th November

Fee per five-week course $135.00
Includes course notes, tuition & morning or afternoon teas.
Enrollments are essential.
For further information and to secure
your spot in the class please email Gemma

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sturt Contemporary Craft Community Workshop

A work by Sheila Waters - a piece without decoration or embellishment
allowing the lettering to speak clearly.

With a history akin to the Ditching community of crafts people, I will again be teaching at my beloved Sturt in the Southern Highland of NSW.

Sturt was founded in 1941 by Winifred West (1881–1971) when she retired as headmistress from Frensham, the independent secondary school for girls which she had established in 1913. Interested in the value of relationships between individuals and communities, the links between hand and mind and 'the development of individual talents and personalities', Miss West's intent was to provide further education in crafts, music and drama for children who had left Mittagong Primary School, and for adults seeking useful and creative skills. She wrote to a friend in 1941:
… I do not know what it will turn into. That will depend upon the people who come and on changing conditions. I can foresee many possible developments. It might become a training school for teachers of arts and crafts. It might become an industrial concern. It might become a colony of artists and craftsmen, potters and printers …”

Which of course it did.

It is apt then, that this year’s calligraphy workshop traces the treads back to the Ditchling community of crafts people. I would like to honour five calligraphers through this course; Edward Johnston, Irene Wellington, Sheila Waters, Gaynor Goffe and Ewan Clayton.

For more information on this intriguing and extremely interesting workshop please visit: and book soon as the workshop starts in four weeks.  All comers are welcome as you know I love to work with beginners through to those with more experience. Please feel free to contact me privately if you wish.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Purely Pencils II - September workshop

I have been working on some samples for the Purely Pencils II workshops.
The first is in Sydney for the Australian Sociaty of Calligraphers 20 & 21 September
and the second is for the Canberra Calligraphy Society 27 & 28 September.  

This workshop is for anyone who loves letters and working with pencil ... any type of pencil.
It is a stand alone workshop and a prerequisite of Purely Pencils I
though great to have done, is not needed.

We will be working on both
watercolout canvas and a soft watercolour fine art paper.

Sample: not yet complete ...

 Samples: not yet complete ...

Samples: not yet complete ...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shene Tasmania - an historic homestead

A small group of us visited Shene Tasmania on the weekend, brilliantly organised by friend and fellow celebrant Heather Shearer.

I just want you to enjoy the photos.  Click on the photos to enjoy a better view.

And, the afternoon tea was delicious!

For more information on visiting Shene click here:

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Visit my website too!
In-class illumination demonstration

Something about Gemma

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Blackmans Bay, Tasmania, Australia
I am an Australian calligrapher. I enjoy working with of letters and grounds.