|WANTED! MISSING BOOKS!!:
Our library has undergone a metamorphosis! Through generous bequests and donations, our collection has received a real boost. However! There are many volumes still at large from the original collection! Please take a look in your bookshelves for things you may have missed returning. Bring foundlings (or items you'd like to donate) to the next meeting, and be sure to thank Kathleen and Carol for their dedication to this renovation.
There's a Trick In Every Trade:
Gentlemen, Start Your Pen Knives!
Pictorial Guide to Quill Cutting
In preparation for the meeting on Monday, we offer a guide to quill cutting for calligraphy. Roy Rice, overall swell dude and FOTA Founding Father, provides expertise and eye-candy for this photographic essay.
Take a look and click the thumbnail images to open larger pictures of close-up technique.
Remember, practice makes perfect and you'll have ample time (and band-aids) to try this out at the meeting.
The Life, Times and Tools of the Medieval Scribe
Monday, October 11th 7:00pm
Emily Canter leads the guild through a lecture and hands-on experience in manuscript processes and techniques from the Middle Ages.
Following a brief talk on the practices and conditions of the medieval book industry, you'll have the chance to learn quill curing and cutting and the opportunity to try out your instruments on vellum seated at a scribes' desk.
Refreshments? A small banquet of medieval and renaissance dishes will be available during the social and library time. We look forward to seeing you!
More Meeting details
Carol Gray's Italic Tune-Up
Saturday, October 16th / 9am to 4pm
Fine tune your penmanship with this review course on one of the most basic, yet versatile hands. Carol will do her usual stunning job of instruction and we will all benefit from some discipline and direction.
We'll have the workshop at The Village Corner Restaurant in Stone Mountain and the cost is $50, payable by October 2d. See the web page for all the details.
Father Robert Palladino
Modern Day Monastic Scribe
— Lori Lindquist, Reed Magazine
I attended (and graduated from!) Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.
While I was a freshman I discovered that one did not need to be a senior
to take the long established and highly touted calligraphy course. I
took full advantage of this and began studies in calligraphy and
paleography my sophomore year. I was fortunate to study with Fr. Robert
Palladino for three years. For me it was one of the best things about
attending Reed. In his lectures Fr. Robert was always able to bring
alive and weave together history, art, philosohpy, and religion. They
were definitely a highlight of my time at Reed.
The following article about Fr. Robert was written for the Reed College
Magazine after a highly successful symposium in June 2003 honoring the
calligraphic tradition at Reed. Though calligraphy is no longer offered
at Reed the symposium drew the largest crowd ever to attend an Alumni
Weekend event. Several alumni continue the calligraphic tradition
outside the ivy- covered walls, including Paul Shaw, Sumner Stone, Margot
Thompson and Clyde van Cleve.
— Marcia Watt
See the article >>
FOTA Calligraphy Services
A new online directory of calligraphers for hire will soon be posted to the FOTA web site. If you would like to be included, please let Emily know.
The basic, free entry will include a descriptive introductory paragraph of your styles and skills, as well as two images of your work. These must be supplied by you in digital format. For an additional $20 fee, you may have a link to an entire personal web page listing longer descriptions and displaying up to 6 images (which must be submitted in digital format). It's the best deal in town, and a great way to establish your web presence, if you don't already have a professional site.