Batarde Workshop Report

Dear Members and Followers,

29th October 2016  10 am – 4 pm       Tutor; Val Keeevers
Held at Sylvania Community Centre, Canberra Road, Sylvania

We had a moderately small group attending for this rather complex and demanding subject. It ranged from older members to a completely new member and plenty of variety in-between. 
Val was busy with each and every level of competence receiving clear and helpful information to keep us busy with the intricacies of the lettering, which cover alphabets from 12th C to 16th C.
As Batarde is a hand used in England, France, and Germany there are many variations and this allows considerable freedom of form and style.
Val had lots of lovely examples of books, including a “Book of Hours” facsimile, plus a dozen handout exemplars.  Like Val, most of the others and I enjoy having plenty of references to look at and use “at our leisure”.
We worked hard to try writing the many examples of variants, with their many complexities.  At the same time we had interesting and pleasant conversations about the numerous hands and their applications.
Mary, our new participant did amazingly well with Val's intense instruction, and seemed to enjoy calligraphy as much as we all do.  It really was a case of “so much to do, so little time.
Thanks to Val for her knowledge, enthusiasm, and effort.
Kath 

Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council 

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