Sunday, 18 October 2009
"To have & to hold", the calligraphy on the front is layered over handmade paper & japanese tissue. A simple design, with subtle colours, but very effective. Something like this is £2-95 per invite, and can be co-ordinated with your colour scheme... you can choose your own wording or replace it with names & date or an image... you can add extras such as ribbon or extra inserts...and of course the theme can be continued through place cards, order of service, seating plan etc.
The rubber stamps are available from Crafty Individuals, but you can buy cards from me... any colours you like, and if you wish, I can add a name or greeting in calligraphy inside!
This design is available as a rubber stamp from craftyindividuals.co.uk or as a card from myself (my email address is in the side bar). Single hand-made cards are £2.95 each (or 4 for £10) including uk postage, delivery elsewhere is charged at cost.
Friday, 2 October 2009
The long version for those who want to know... i'll do a short one for everyone else soon!
My calligraphic journey began nearly 20 years ago (gasps, noooo it can't be that long) I started a night class taught by Sue over at The Creative Spirit when my daughter was a baby. I was hooked from the start, and soon started attending workshops all over England with Sue... wherever we thought we could get the best tuition. Whereas many enjoy calligraphy purely as a hobby, I knew that I eventually wanted to take it further.
I studied with many 'names' on the calligraphy circuit, but the following made the biggest impression:
Summer schools with Michael Clark, Ann Hechle, Jilly Hazeldine, Ewan Clayton & Katrina Pieper.
SSI Northern Advanced Training scheme with Richard Middleton & Sue Hufton.
And Peter Thornton for workshops & summer schools.... who I thank so much. He taught me more than he will ever know.
My biggest learning curve was when I started teaching calligraphy... having to analyse & explain how & what I was doing. Oh, those first classes must have been so bad.... but people kept coming back; a fair few of my earliest students were still coming until I stopped the classes 5 or 6 years later. I had a spell of teaching teenagers, and I still teach occasional workshops for calligraphy groups.
As far as qualifications go, I passed the City & Guilds Adult Education Teaching Certificate, gained the Intermediate Certificate in Calligraphy from CLAS (Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society) and became a CLAS Accredited Tutor.
more to follow soon!!!