So long 2017 - it was a productive and fun year! I was fortunate enough to be snowed under with regular commissioned work. In the main this is formal calligraphy on vellum but I also had some contemporary commissions as well. Updating Books of Memory includes a wide array of miniature illustrations to accompany the calligraphy.
I enjoyed several art fairs and exhibitions - the Garden Show in Firle is a regular and you can always find me in the Georgian Riding School selling my originals, prints and cards. I have a little something new up my sleeve for 2018! The Christmas Fayre season was a busy one selling over 100 personalised baubles with handmade Christmas cards and prints as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year at the Lewes Artists and Makers Fayre - some new ideas in the pipeline for 2018 already!
I am always happy to be invited to event calligraphy and this year I enjoyed a couple of days at Claridges Hotel for the American Academy of Achievement as well as personalising merchandise.
My 3 weekly classes remain busy with wonderful calligraphy and lettering art being produced. This year also saw some of my learners submit work for the CLAS Certificate of Calligraphy with fantastic results. Workshops continue to support the learning in weekly classes by introducing new scripts and techniques. Weekly classes present the ideal opportunity to fine tune and hone new skills and tackle projects. 2017 workshops included the lettering of David Jones, Sharpened Italic, Introduction to Flat Gilding, Copperplate, Pointed Pen Art, Book Making with Helen Gibbs and Embossing with Jan Pickett.
And so I am looking forward to a busy 2018. I am attending some workshops for a change and am very excited to welcome Gemma Black to teach my Weald Scribes when she is in the UK next summer. Happy New Year and may your ink flow!