It's a Calligraphic Wrap for 2021

We normally have a fun combined get-together at the studio to celebrate another successful year so, instead of meeting we had a fun Zoom with greetings, a presentation of students' work and a great deal of laughter. Below are comments from students about their work and classes.

In 2022 I will have been teaching for 40 years (almost uninterrupted) and we plan to continue with calligraphic creativity and some exciting retreats.

Comments from the two groups about our creative year of calligraphy 2021

I can say without doubt that this has been one of our most successful years despite (or perhaps because of) the continued Zoom sessions and added stresses. I do believe that even though we are not in the studio, where teacher dems & assistance is optimum, we seem to share more easily and be (dare I say this?) even more creative. I think it is because we are in a fixed space and in an area in which we are comfortable together with the fact that we don’t need to continuously pack and unpack and can continue that ‘creative thread’ after the class has ended.

I am so grateful to you all for your support and perseverance. You know how much I value your continued participation.

As you know I put a great deal of research into the sessions and enjoy presenting the images and ideas, which I feel trigger those creative moments.

In January 2022 we continue with Zoom sessions and start the new year with discussions on how to photograph your work and how best to present it. We will look at pens, inks and paper so that we can make a group decision of what we will do with the incredible output of work that you produce.

Here’s to a wonderful and peaceful holiday time. Take care. A-MM


Anne

My calligraphy journey started when I was being guided by a senior student in the School of Philosophy, offering calligraphy as a practice in attention. Martin after 3 weeks had to transfer to Cape Town and there I was reading calligraphy books and offering that knowledge in practical sessions.!!!

I then was blessed to meet up with Mrs Bergstrom – the government calligrapher in Pretoria. She was busy emigrating to England, so I had a three short months with her, very enriching to see beautiful letters appearing on paper.

What followed was joining an on line tutor through CLAS. Through that program I really learnt the basics of formal calligraphy. I submitted work in the Foundational hand and received a distinction for the pieces submitted.

So now through many stops and starts I am with Anne Marie and loving the encouragement of freedom of movement within the regulations and also exploring the use of watercolour to enhance ones pieces. Thank you for being so encouraging and patient Anne Marie.


Alison

I have really enjoyed the past months of Calligraphy/art classes and have certainly learned how much I don't know. Although I will never be a Calligrapher it has made me look at nibs and inks with great interest.

Thank you, Anne-Marie and my classmates for the instructive and fun lessons

Hopefully, we can get together again next year.


Bettina

This year for me has been rather chaotic and also emotional for me.

As you all know, we went through 5 months of renovating the inside of our home. Fortunately we were able to do this in 2 stages and also managed to evacuate for a month, staying with friends up the road.

My fur kids seem to fortunately have come through the experience unscathed 🐶😼 although my dog child Codi ended up in hospital twice with unrelated issues.

Unfortunately, it all impacted on my creativ