June 2002 - Issue 14
Welcome to all the new subscribers!
Happy June, everybody!
Summer is drawing near, although some days you wouldn't know it! I left Calgary the morning of May 15 and it *snowed* that morning... (not a lot, but it still snowed!)
As some of you will know, my mantra over the last month has become Why travel lightly when you can make a statement? Well, we had lots of stuff to share, didn't we? I *think* I came home lighter than when I left....
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the students that I have had the pleasure of teaching recently in Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver. And an extra special thanks to the workshop coordinators and hostesses who made my stay and teaching experience really special. I've been so lucky to be invited to teach and I've loved every minute of it (except perhaps having the first leg of my flight to Kelowna being canceled and I being forced - see me suffer - not!- to stay in the Delta Airport Inn in Vancouver. I did arrive the morning of the workshop with an hour to spare...).
I hope we can all get to play together again some day!
You may be wondering why this newsletter is so late. I think I have a fairly good excuse....
Oh, well, as least this event is fodder for the journal.... And how did I perform this daring feat? Off the unmarked step in front of the post office. My heel caught the step and I rolled off. Heard the crack... When help came and they were rolling me to the ambulance, I asked for a paper bag. I think the attendant thought I was going to be sick, but I assured her it was just to put over my head so that no one would recognize me....
As a consequence of the above adventure in my life, you may find this issue a bit leaner than usual. My apologies. I can't sit at the computer for too long yet. But I hope there is something in here that you will enjoy!
forget to check out the recently updated
Here is a new stamp for June! (there were suppose to be more - ahem....)
My links page
It is customary, when someone puts a link to your website on their website, for you to reciprocate. I have been somewhat remiss in this, and have been meaning to make a links page for some time... In the meantime, I would like to acknowledge these two sites, both are amazing resources and I congratulate both ladies on jobs well done!
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I have added a printable general
supply list for bookbinding classes to my website.
I just had to include this enthusiastic note from Elizabeth who won the April draw for a rubber grab bag and a starter kit of acrylic mounts.
Thank you so much for the great prize. I love the rubber and I love the
acrylic blocks. I have been wanting to try the cling vinyl technique.
I am currently using the velcro method. Thanks again both of you.
You're welcome, Lizard!
Although the draw is over, you might want to see one late addition, which, between USPS and Canada Post, unfortunately arrived too late to be considered... Scroll down to see Lenna's gorgeous postcard. It's certainly worth re-visiting the page to see all of this wonderful collection.
Artist's Journal Correction
Over the past several months, my handout's for the Artist's Journal have included the URL to get your daily creative prompt from Creative Journal. I have had students cross this out as it was no longer available, but I am please to pass on the information that this opportunity is once again available!
This piece of lettering is dedicated to my tutor,
Fred Salmon. It is Fred's eightieth birthday this month and he complains
he no longer has an interest in lettering, but if you get him on the
subject, he will certainly talk about it! And if you tell him I wrote
this article in my newsletter, he will surely be cross with me. So "mums
Fred has done many interesting things, but it takes a while to get it out of him. He was in the greeting card business for many years - even worked in New York City on Madison Avenue. He really did not do any traditional formal calligraphy until he moved to Victoria 20-odd years ago. But he had such a fantastic background and eye for detail that he could do incredible things quickly. He found a passion for the study of Roman Capitals and has them painted in a border all around his living room! Everytime I visit him I try to remember to visit his Roman Caps! (- everyone automatically makes a bee-line for his studio when they visit.)
It is from Fred that I have learned to make the best letters that I can. He has tried to teach me subtlties that I could not see. Crisp, clear, legible letters with no "hotdogging" (or flourishing as most would say). He believes that lettering is a traditional craft (as silversmithing is a craft). Now, when I pick up a pen the best letter does not always come out, and I love hotdogging, but I don't tell him!
I have had workshops with many, many excellent
calligraphers during my calligraphic journey, but when I am sitting
at the drafting table and lettering something, it is Fred's voice I
Fred also challenges me to be the best person I can be, as he has great social conscience - but that is another story...
Our infrequent visits are now the visits of friends who enjoy one another's company. Fred has a fabulous dry sense of humour and he, almost without fail, has me roaring with laughter over something or other each time I visit.
I am so lucky to know him.
To celebrate Fred's 80th birthday, Vivienne (who gave me the Japanese proverb I lettered for Fred - thanks Vivienne!) and Pat from the Fairbank Calligraphy Society in Victoria, B.C. suggested Fred's calligraphic friends could decorate tags of celebration. This was my contribution along with the tags of about 50 others.
Their plan was to make a mobile, but the final creation was a small Arbutus tree dug from Pat's property festooned with all the tags. Bravo, ladies!
Alphabet Tag Swap
is some more offerings from our alphabet tag swap. If you'd like to
know more about the swap,
My tag, let see if I can recall
how they were done. I think they were pretty simple but time consuming.
I had a difficult time trying to come up with something as you recall.
Basically I used stamps to create my tags.
for how I did my first one, well I had the letter 'L" and since I was
also planning my Valentine's cards at the time, I decided to go with
the theme of "love." So I started looking around and found stamps and
stencils and various materials and ideas, in fact too many. I was trying
to include everything and it was just too much. So as the deadline drew
near, I realised I had to simplify my ideas. I had been searching for
a stamp of a letter 'l' and finally found one. Even though it was not
quite what I wanted (it rather looks like a backwards 'j'. I decided
to go with it. I also really wanted to use the stamp of the man and
woman, but they didn't really fit a standard tag, even when I cropped
them, so I made my own. I dyed them with cranberry tea and then played
around with assembling all the bits. I used a brass stencil for the
word love, gave the whole thing a deckle edge and spray painted some
gold hearts I had (I had just enough to do the project and finally came
up with a layout I was happy with. I decorated both sides just because
I had so many ideas I wanted to use. Well, that is a rather long winded
explanation, but that was the process.
STUDIO TO GO
Just to recap - here was the challenge!
is a wonderful set of lists with some superb ideas for a Studio-to-go.
Just remember, if you are flying anywhere, pack you scissors and exacto,
and maybe even bone folder (and nailclippers) in your luggage!
I had said I would put the names of those who send me their list into a hat and draw for a little prize when I publish byhand in June!
the winner of this draw is: Nadine!!
Thanks again for sharing your Studio-to-Go lists!
I was rather amused to have an article in my mailbox several weeks ago from the Daniel Smith monthly newsletter which was quite topical. This gentleman is an oil painter, but there a few interesting things we can all learn from. Here is a portion of it...
Plein Air Painting - Join the
revival of "open air" painting.
Another article on the Daniel Smith website you may want to check out is Packing to Paint.
I'd be delighted to receive your favourite tips for inclusion here - we can all learn from them and probably save someone - like me - frustrations!
For those of you who have taken the Coptic
Stitched Class, you may still acquire waxed linen thread from me.
It is $0.50/yard Cdn ($0.30/yard U.S. funds plus $2 for postage).
Here is a list of the colours I currently have in stock:
It takes two yards of thread to complete the book as we made it.
* 2 Canadian $.48 stamps to Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Canada
I'd just like to say that if you're an American subscriber, the exchange with the Canadian dollar makes this a very worthwhile event!
I have put together some sewing cradles for sale as some of you have been asking for them. They are not things of great beauty, but really, really handy for when you have a lot of holes to pierce. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $20Cdn (or $15US - to the States) shipping included. Email me if you can't live without one! I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
|As well as the waxed linen, I now have some brass
corners (the 3rd one down is Nickel or silver coloured) which are 50 cents
Canadian (or U$0.35) each. They fit nicely on a bookboard of about 1.0mm
thickness covered with decorative paper. Email
me if you are interested - I don't think shipping will
be too much, but that depends on the quantity!
Here is the second installment of the information panels from my exhibition.... At least it's short!
Psalterium Romanus cum canticis - English
To get more details go to my website Calendar of Events page. Use the back button on your browser to return here.
July 13 Victoria
Criss-Cross Coptic Paperworks
And yes, can you believe it, I'm already booked into January 2003! Here is the tentative schedule! (This is not on the Calendar page of the website yet.)
If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter,
let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue
is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of
byhand, just have them email me and I
will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.