|NEWS FLASH! CALLIGRAPHERS NEEDED!!:
We need volunteers to inscribe (in total) 80 envelopes for the American Cancer Society by 8/19. Do as many or few as you wish. Contact Emily if you want to help. 404.633.8740
|REFRESHMENTS REMINDER! AUGUST MEETING:
Carol Gray, Emily Canter, Phyllis German, Donna Dow
There's a Trick In Every Trade:
Changing Stroke Colors
From Judy Kastin's "100 Keys to Great Calligraphy"
for full view
To write with transparent or opaque colors in graduated, subtle tones (i.e. dark to light), or bright rainbow combinations, use a brush to load a little of one color into our pen, then write. Clean the brush (or use another one) and reload with a second color. The colors will blend and change as you write. Repeat with subsequent colors. For continuity, change colors in the middle of letters rather than words.
Hint: Plan for stronger colors where emphasis and/or legibility are needed.
Documentary: The Saint John's Bible
Monday, August 9th 7:00pm
It is with great excitement and anticipation that I invite you to join us for our August meeting for the viewing of the BBC documentary “The Illuminator and the 21st Century
In 1998, St John’s Abbey agreed to support Donald
Jackson in his dream to do the Bible in calligraphy and officially
Having grown up a mile from the abbey, hearing the abbey bells as part of everyday life, marrying a St. John’s grad in the abbey church, I found it very exciting news that “my” abbey and one of my favorite calligraphers were going to collaborate on a calligraphy project. I have followed the project from the beginning and have been impressed with Donald’s tremendous talent and deep spirituality, which shows in every aspect of the making of this contemporary bible. The completed St. John’s Bible will truly become one of the great works of the 21st Century.
Come and view this documentary with us and see if you agree. We have photos and publications to share with you. Visit the website www.saintjohnsbible.org for the sights and sounds of this project.
— Lori Rausch
For meeting details, visit: www.friendsofthealphabet.org/meeting_stjohn.html
Pitts Theological Library
Saturday, September 11
The Pitts Theology Library, of the Candler Theology School at Emory University will be the site of the September field trip for the Friends of the Alphabet.
Pitts Library is the second largest theological library in the country (after General Seminary's library in New York). The library contains over 520,000 volumes, including manuscripts and incunabula (books printed before 1500), with an emphasis on the development of Christian history and thought. The library also acquires materials in contiguous areas that are related to the history of other religious traditions (especially Judaism).
While most materials are in English, German, French and Latin, the collection contains many items in Asian and African languages. The library holds many distinct collections including, the Kessler Reformation Collection documenting the history of the Protestant Reformation in Germany down to 1570, English and American Hymnody and Psalmody, and a collection of Thomas Merton material.
Not only will the members of FOTA be able to see some of the gems of this international treasure, but the director, Dr. M. Patrick Graham will speak to us about them. Dr. Graham is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging speaker. This is a FOTA expedition you won't want to miss!
Picnic or pizza lunch to follow. Time and transportation details as they are decided.
— Marcia Watt