|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.
Yet another U3A academic year has passed and we have now recessed for the summer. The most recent work by group members has included plans for "wearing purple" (later in life); an exercise in writing with pencils rather than pen and ink; we also now know more about the origins of the CUBIT; and how a simple prayer can be simply written for maximum effect.
The group re-convenes on the 11th September and if anyone would like to join us - please do. Make your mark !
Words continue to flow from pen onto paper but the group had a respite from their calligraphic pieces when, at the last meeting, we had a visit, a talk and a demonstration from Pip Hall - letter carver of Dent. A person who is truly making her mark in the locality and beyond.
The group saw images of just a part of her prolific output, saw “roughs” for the ideas/design stages of her lettering and a quick demonstration of the letter carving process with “tools of the trade”.This was a further insight into the wider world of lettering, which is all around us (and with some lovely examples here in our own town) and through which, those in the calligraphy group are connected.
You can hardly believe that another year has gone by and the group continues. The “Town Hall morning” produced a number of enquiries about joining the group though some just never materialised. That does puzzle me.
However, enquiries still come - some from out of the region - as our Calligraphy group seems to stand alone, where there is none elsewhere. We have actually been going for 9 years now.
Our last meeting before Christmas will be at (or may have already been by the time you receive the Newsletter) my own house (a little thing that has developed) where we have coffee, mince pies, biscuits etc and calligraphic chat.
I usually invite a “guest” and this year it is John Davies, also a retired architect who can now concentrate on his print-making and he will talk to us about that.
I also enjoy our group meetings and it is still fascinating to watch the calligraphic progression of the group members and we look forward to MMXVIII.