|Time||10.00 - 11.30|
|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. Unfortunately learning calligraphy is a little bit like learning to play the piano. We wouldn't expect to be playing a concerto after just a few weeks and you would need to do the mundane scales practice. So the group is not yet ready to reproduce the gospels but members are getting to grips with the whole essence of calligraphy - whether it is to be able to write something in good calligraphic form or just to improve handwriting.
According to ‘The Times’ newspaper on the 22nd June - there is a new phenomenon sweeping the country and thousands of people are desperate to try their ‘hand’ at - guess what? CALLIGRAPHY - and even Prince Harry’s girlfriend is in on the scene proclaiming the wonders of this new craze.
Well - there you go and all the while, in the U3A in la’l old Kendal we have a group that has been patiently and quietly beavering away for the last 6 years - getting to grips with pen and paper and ink to produce all manner of lovely work, (not to mention all those guys from centuries before - obviously way ahead of their time).
The group stopped for a summer break and will be resuming after the Town Hall day, so, if anyone wants to ‘chance their hand’ at this amazing art form - we will be pleased to see you in September.
The Calligraphy group progresses very well with a dedicated little group at various levels. As we could not use the Centre for our last meeting, I arranged for the group to visit and have a guided tour of Croppers Paper Mill at Burneside - paper being an important part of the calligraphic process.
We learned that this company is a bespoke mill and has some high profile client names for which they produce all manner of coverings for all manner of purposes. We were shown all the stages of production from intake of raw base material to the final rolls ready to be sent out and the various mechanical processes involved.
Not least amongst their products is the production of the ‘paper’ for the national Remembrance Day poppies. A finish with tea and coffee rounded off a fascinating insight into the history and working of a highly successful Cumbrian company
We have re-started this Autumn with some new members to the group after the Town Hall day and both new and present members have great enthusiasm, reflected in the work being produced.
At our next session we will be looking at the origins of our capital letter alphabet and its construction with pen-made forms together with a quick look at some use of gold leaf, as one member is getting to grips with Versal letters that would traditionally use this method of ‘decoration/illumination’. I also get chance myself to work on ideas to progress as finished pieces (eventually) as well as giving guidance to group members.
2017 Meetings - 10, 24 Jan, 7, 21 Feb; 7, 21 Mar; 4, 18 April