Remembering Our Friends:
IAMPETH and the
New Orleans Lettering Arts Association
It's difficult for those of us who had the good fortune to attend this year's IAMPETH conference to fully believe the terrible series of events that have occured in the last weeks. We know that the gracious members of The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association — as well as Mississippi and Alabama guilds — who made the conference a tremendous and hospitable success are now facing a waking nightmare. I checked their website only to find that the site is down, very probably due to servers being rendered inoperable. FOTA members wishing to contribute to a specially dedicated donation to the Red Cross or ASPCA charities may do so at the upcoming meeting. We will try to get in touch with representatives of these guild to pass on our best hopes but as you can imagine, they have weightier matters to face. www.iampeth.com
Features from the FOTA
The Lindisfarne Gospels on CD-ROM
This CD-ROM is an incredibly detailed look at one of the most important surviving written works in the Western world. The Anglo-Saxon gospels are a cornerstone of Insular calligraphic style and its importance to language history can't be overstated.
Developed by the British library, the CD-ROM offers a digitized and animated view of the manuscript, allowing the user the feeling of literally turning the pages.
The gospels and their history are described and explained in a guide by Janet Backhouse (based on her book The Lindisfarne Gospels)that appears alongside each page. Although the disk only includes 25 of the more highly decorated pages, the in-depth guide and ability to magnify detail make for an immersive viewing experience.
One special note about using the CD-ROM - Your computer display must be adjusted to use only 256 colors (a small annoyance), and instruction on how to do this is included on startup. If anyone wants further help using it, just call me - 404.389.0991
Even so, I can happily recommend this CD-ROM for its beauty and history. And, if you've used up all your vacation time, it's easier to schedule than a trip to the Holy Island, itself
— E. Canter
FOTA Needs YOU:
Opportunities to Volunteer
We are still searching for a few good folks to help make FOTA a first-class operation.
- Director of Exhibitions and Community Outreach
- Master of Cupcakes and Christmas Decor
- Sultan of Scrapbook
- Assistants for Founders' Day Activities
Contact Emily if you need more info on what exactly these positions are, or want to put yourself forward.
Our Next Program:
Artist Trading Cards and Conference Reports
Monday, September 12th
This month, we'll be hearing from those who attended the IAMPETH and Legacies conferences, as well as learning about an intriguing little art form. The trading cards are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock.
All originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced, then traded with others who produce cards, either at trading sessions or wherever these artists meet.
Refreshments will be on offer and we
encourage you to peruse our terrific library during the social time or take a look at members' work at the Member Table.
As always, we are hosted at the beautiful Trinity United Methodist
Upcoming FOTA Program schedule
Dave Wood — Paper Sculpture
The long awaited Paper Sculpting workshop with Dave Wood takes place this Saturday and Sunday at The Village Corner Restaurant at Stone Mountain. This should be a grand undertaking from a master of the art form. Dave Wood comes along maybe once in a lifetime (mainly because he lives so danged far away in Australia)!
Those already registered will find the supply list here. Last minute reservations may be available, so check the web page for registration information.
Marie Perrier-Penloup - La Ronde
Not able to make Marie Perrrier-Penloups "La Ronde" workshop? It was an opportunity not to be missed, but if you did, never fear. Live it vicariously through the eyes of our workshop correspondent, Wilma Rhoads, in her review of two days of fun, flourish, and Francophilia
Kards for Katrina
We are all feeling great sympathy for the victims of the Gulf hurricane and searching for our own meaningful way to help. Calligraphers Barbara Close, Harvest Crittenden, and Gwen Weaver put their heads together and arrived at a creative method to supply that help.
"Kards for Katrina" is an innovative opportunity for calligraphers and card artists everywhere to lend their talents in helping these devastated people. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the "Kards" raffles will go to America’s Second Harvest, where more than 98% of the money collected goes directly to feed the survivors of the Katrina Disaster.
The concept and instructions are simple, and the results will be a generous achievement.
On a similar note, FOTA's November program is a general card-making session with American Forces and our own member shut-ins as the original recipients. I believe we can easily include the survivors and workers of the Katrina effort in our mailing lists.
A Founder's Day Video
If anyone out there is interested in assisting with the filming of a brief documentary of FOTA's history, please get in touch with Emily. What is needed is someone to assist with things like lighting, sound and general camerawork — essentially, second pair of hands to help with whatever comes up. Absolutely no previous experience is required, though any would be a plus. Trying to have the filming completed by the end of November. All equipment is provided and the majority of the work would be done on weekends or whatever times will suit. Call 404.389.0991 evenings or 404.633.8740 days between noon and 6pm.
Download the FOTA Promotional Poster
Now available for download, FOTA Calligraphy Guild posters suitable for hanging any place that you think might benefit from awareness of our group. Featuring beautiful calligraphy work from our own Michael Smith, the poster is a full color PDF file (requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader available here) that can be downloaded and printed from your own printer. Just click the poster link or image below to view and print.
Download FOTA Poster
(1.7MB PDF file).
To save this poster to your computer:
Download the TEAR TABS! (391K - very small - PDF file) These information tear off tabs may also be printed and cut to fix to the bottom of the main poster.
- RIGHT CLICK on the link
- Select "save target as"
- A computer directory window will pop us allowing you to choose where you would like the file to be saved
- Select the directory to save and click "open"
- The file will be saved to that directory and you can open it with Adobe Acrobat PDF reader
- Print poster as ordinary letter sized document