Merry Christmas and a Lettering New Year

Dear Members and Followers,

Have a great holiday season and may your pens be sharp and your ink flow freely!

Regards,

Cathy

P.S. Don't forget to check out the workshop list for next year and book a course through our Workshop Co-Ordinator Penny.

Don't Forget Our Christmas Party

Don't forget to RSVP to Valerie for our Christmas Party. 
You wouldn't want to miss out!

The committee!

From the Library

Dear Members and Followers,

New to the Library - Canberra Calligraphy Society Magazine and Postscript - The Calligraphy Society of Victoria's magazine, which include a calligraphy retreat for the lucky Canberra members and for Victoria it's the new committee, the Royal Melbourne Show 2012, Deidre Hassed workshop amongst other interesting articles. Pop-in and read awhile!

Late Announcement

Greetings Members,
Owing to an additional grant from Sutherland Shire Council we are able to offer an evening lettering course for next term. As this was too late to be added  to our December newsletter the details are below.

Script: Foundational 
Tutor: Gloria Scott
Date: commencing Wednesday 20th February for 6 weeks
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm
Venue: Community Hall, Sylvania 
Fee: $100 members, $120 non members. 

Foundational is a very useful script to have in you repertoire so those of you who have not done it I encourage you to give it a go. 
Also a reminder about our day time course in Uncial commencing 13th February, details in the newsletter. 

For enrolments/enquiries plaver@monte.nsw.edu.au

Italic Students Get Arty

Dear Members and Followers,

The members of our current Italic Class had the chance to show off their newly acquired skills by producing these great Weathergrams.






 
Thanks to Linda for the photos.

Latest from our Library

Dear Members and Followers,

We've just received two new magazines to the collection that are well worth a read:

'The Dancing Pen' from Tasmania featuring a workshop report about Gyounghee Lee's Treasure Box.
(Gyounghee used to be one of our members before moving to Melbourne).

'Colophon' features a retrospective on William Lai of Wills Quills, a report on Megan McDonald the guest artist at the ASC's Exhibition and workshops gone with Gemma Black and to come with Massimo Polello.

Have You Booked?

Dear Members,

Don't forget to book for our Rhonda Ayliffe's Workshop on 17 and 18 November. It is not too late and from experience I can promise, you will have a great time and learn lots.



 Works completed by Glenis in a previous workshop

Saturday Workshop Change

Dear Members and Followers,

Please be aware that the October Saturday afternoon workshop has now been swapped with the November Saturday afternoon workshop.

Questions and requirements please see your magazine or email us.

Interesting Event


Iconic Australian Literary Manuscripts   In association with exhibition The Life of Patrick White, Maggie Patton, Manager of Original Materials, talks about a selection of manuscripts from The Mitchell Library's extensive collection. Works from Australia's literary giants, including Patrick White, Henry Lawson, Banjo Patterson, Ethel Turner and Miles Franklin, will be on display.



Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 04 Cost: $30 Numbers Limited to 15
Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Bookings: State Library of NSW www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/events_t.. (02)92731770

A Few More Responses


Who Are You?
Glenis Sheather

What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?
Membership Secretary

How long have you been involved with Calligraphy?
11 Years

Why Calligraphy?
I have always been interested in writing.  At the risk of sounding positively ancient, the reason for that probably stems from learning to do “running writing” with dip pen, ink and slope card at primary school and then using dip pen and ink again for Pitman’s Shorthand when I did a Secretarial Course at Business College.

Favourite Hand and Why?
Copperplate.  Not only do I love its elegance, but once I get into a rhythm I find the “pressure-on-pressure-off” technique very relaxing.

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?
My roll-up pen holders.  I like being able to place my pens in size order in their individual compartments.  Not only does it keep them safe, but it makes picking out the correct pen easier.

Most successful Calligraphy tip?
Calligraphy is not handwriting, rather you are drawing the letters, so take your time.

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time?
I would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes have more members involved in our activities.

Who Are You?
Kay Pittman

What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?
 Publicity Officer

How long have you been involved with Calligraphy?
 More years than I care to remember.
Why Calligraphy?
Always been interested in beautiful writing 

Favourite Hand and Why?
Uncial because you only need two guidelines 

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?
Sheaffer cartridge pen, I always seem to go back to them, as it dries so quickly and rubbing out guidelines can be done so much quicker. 

Most successful Calligraphy tip? 
Use a candle on envelopes after writing, for waterproofing, to test try and hold under water. It works! But only if the ink is dry.

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time? 
Still going

Workshop Fun


Have you been attending our workshops? No! Why Not? Look at all the fun you have missed out on!

Elaine's Versatile Uncial Workshop


One of the Masterpieces created in Elaine's class by Kath
The Results from Gloria's Brush Book Afternoon Workshop
And more

What fun!
See what fun you missed out on. Check out the workshop page for upcoming events.

More About Your Committee




Who Are You?
Valerie Keevers

What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?
Secretary and Public Officer.  Past President.

How long have you been involved with Calligraphy?
25 years

Why Calligraphy?
My love of colour and design, words and heraldry drew me to calligraphy as a creative outlet, when I closed my dressmaking business.

Favourite Hand and Why?
Uncial and all forms of Italic because I find them expressive and adapt easily to whatever words I am working with.  However I use all scripts from time to time.

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?
The flexible pen, as I can re-create any script to highlight the emotion of the words in a piece whether it is traditional or modern in design.

Most successful Calligraphy tip?
Practise and more practise in the early stages of your adventure into calligraphy develops an undying love of the fine art and all the associated arts.

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time?

Continuing to bring this beautiful art to the attention of people, so that it does not disappear into the sands of time, only to be lost again for hundreds of years.  By using the electronic media and any other means to our advantage, increase our membership so that we can influence others particularly the younger generation to see the advantage of using knowledge that has survived for centuries and is the basis of their taken for granted, writing skills.


Who Are You?                  
Jan Armstrong
What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?   
 
Treasurer,  Scripts & Scribes for All Seasons Co-Ordinator
How long have you been involved with Calligraphy?             
2 ½ years, enthusiastic learner

Why Calligraphy?                                                                            
Discipline, Discipline, discipline

Favourite Hand and Why?                                                      
Copperplate

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?                    
Coke Pen suits my messy style

Most successful Calligraphy tip?                                               
Watch, Listen & Learn

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time?

With lots more members, old & new. The core members have so much expertise to share.  We must keep it alive.

Workshop Reminder - Modern Italic

Members and Followers,

Don't forget to book for our next workshop beginning 19 September - Modern Italics. Full details are located on our Workshops Page. You wouldn't want to miss out!

Your Committee Answers the Hard Questions

Some weeks ago I put some hard calligraphy questions to your committee about Calligraphy Southscribes and calligraphy in general. So here we go:


Who Are You? 
 Patricia  Moody.

What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?
President & second workshop co-ordinator.

How long have you been involved with Calligraphy?
Since school, but only seriously for 30 years !!!

Why Calligraphy?
A natural progression from the formal, and compulsory, Italic lessons done at school, coupled with, a love a letterforms,  art, colour & design in general.

Favourite Hand and Why?
Italic: For it’s complete versatility, vibrancy, and ability to cover all the emotions of  any piece of prose, poetry, or music. Traditional or modern, there is an Italic variation just waiting to be used!

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?
Too many to name, as every writing tool can be a joy to work with. However Mitchell nibs, Parallel pens, and Ruling pens would all be near the top of the  list.

Most successful Calligraphy tip?
Don’t be too pedantic about cleaning your nibs. They are very forgiving, and mine tend to only get a wipe with a tissue rather than washed!

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time?
Apart from retaining the wonderful core group of members who continually support our activities, it would be brilliant if we could increase our membership  and participating numbers to a higher level.
This beautiful art form has so much to offer, and as an antidote to the all pervasive new machine  and digital age, what could be a nicer activity to be involved in.


Who Are You?   
Penny Laver

What Position/s do you hold at Calligraphy Southscribes?
 Vice President and Workshop Coordinator
How long have you been involved with Calligraphy? 
For nearly 20 years

Why Calligraphy?   
Bought David Harris’ book many years ago and was very quickly hooked.

Favourite Hand and Why?  
I don’t really have a favourite; the hand I use depends on the project and the text.

Favourite Piece of Calligraphy Gear and Why?  
 John Neal’s Ruling pen, just a beautifully crafted  tool and fun to use.

Most successful Calligraphy tip?  
 Keep practising!

You would like to see Calligraphy Southscribes where in one year’s time?
A vibrant society with new members becoming involved with the beautiful art of calligraphy.