Five years after graduation having successfully gained employment in the Lettering Arts field I felt I needed the challenge of more self-derived collections of work that were stimulated through considered research and study into a particular field of interest and a specific style of lettering.
2014 saw the completion of the first of these projects as part of the E17 Art Trail – now in it’s tenth year – with a site specific exhibition (30 May – 3 August), including a Family Activity Day to be held at the recently refurbished William Morris Gallery in
Walthamstow, London E17.
Coming from a theatre background I intend to present these collective innovations in a visually stimulating way and so encourage new interest in the artform, and the skills and traditions of historical handwriting.
In 2012 I completed a Foundation degree in Calligraphy and Design with Sunderland University at The Princes Drawing School in
Year one was an introduction to hand lettering skills as well as having to produce a thirty page manuscript book written entirely with a quill pen which we learnt to cut and prepare. We also studied basic digitisation of the manuscript into a type based file with additional hand rendered and scanned images. In addition we learnt basic book binding, and completed extensive colour theory based work developed during several museum study days at the Victoria & Albert museum.
The second year was a progression through the art of gilding and illumination, learning to prepare and work with vellum, both reindeer and calf skin, to learning the skill of making and applying gesso for the application of the gold leaf. This was learned through a variety of different methods using traditional and modern products. Other studies included large hand drawn Roman Capitals progressing to the design of a personal calligraphic hand, and a hand drawn display alphabet.
The final term was the culmination of all of these skills into a complex large scale final piece of work for the final degree show in July 2012.