Saturday, December 17, 2016

November 2016

Sacred Geometry

In the Fall, three members travelled, against all weather odds, to the Island to take a workshop with Lorraine Douglas from Sidney. This was a fundraiser for the Esmé Davis Scholarship fund with the Fairbank Calligraphy Society. We spent a blustery wet day studying Beautiful Geometry.

You know when you go merrily along and the workshop contents speak to you and you go home and you continue to practice and play with the things you've learned and you obsess about it just a little and then! you find that you have had the best tool for the job in your studio all along and wow! you take off with it and create all kinds of fund things?! 

A bow compass with a ruling pen on one end instead of pencil lead. The possibilities open up with what you can do and what you can write with.............and you end up using Finetec gold in it on everything!


We were told to go forth and share. It seemed like an obvious choice for a program. 

Thanks to Lorraine, a new technique with lots of possibilities to use with lettering.

October 2016

October 2016 Study Group

Study session months are often newsletter months as well. After we finished collating and stitching the newsletter, we got down to the fun stuff! Often members bring something that they are working on but there is always something to share as well. 

Some of us were revisiting the work of Adolf Bernd which Peter Thornton brought to my attention at the conference in 2007, Island Magic, on Vancouver Island. 

We always have a good time at our Study Group Sessions and encourage more members to give it a try!


Monday, September 12, 2016

Workshop in June! forgot to write about it!

We had a surprise workshop with Suzie Beringer in June. It all just worked out, Suzie was available and there were enough eager students to fill a class!

We did Playful & Pressurized Letterforms, with what else? Pencil

September 2016

The September program was a review of a technique learned from Barbara Close in one of the workshops that she has taught for us. This is something that everyone young and old can do and have a great time playing with these letters. Here are some quick samples:

Annual Summer Picnic

Not always easy to get the group together with so much going on in the summer but a great time was had by those who attended!

May 2016

In May, we looked at the letters of David Jones and some of his techniques for working on paper.
Here is a scan of my program journal to show some of what we did.

There is so much more to explore of his work and techniques. Another day.
In Loving Memory of Win

In the early morning of March 9, 2016, we lost one of our long time members, Win Searle. 

 Win led an incredibly adventurous life! She moved from the UK to New Zealand and then to Canada where she worked as an executive assistant at UBC. She travelled and explored the world, she hiked over mountain ranges and was a very vigorous and capable senior. Win would have been 92 in April. We all decided we need to be more like Win!