Category Archives: letterish

Summer at Saint-Antoine 2014 Part 2

Ah, dusk. Twilight, gloaming…crepuscular lighting. I haven’t found a time of day when Saint-Antoine is not photogenic. Expressive majuscules…Beginning with looking at examples of simple capitals, and a variety of layouts… Looking at some uncommon majuscule forms from manuscripts… Everyone … Continue reading

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Summer at Saint-Antoine 2013, Part I

This year there are only two Parts to Saint-Antoine. Everyone agrees that the Salle Blanche is obligatory; and owing to the high demand for the Salle  Blanche (sometimes by teachers who only use it for an hour a day….) we … Continue reading

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Summer at Saint-Antoine 2012, Part 3

L’Italique… a mixed class of some genuine beginners, some people with experience of calligraphy but none of italic, and calligraphers wishing to improve their italic… Some photos from the exhibition on the last evening of the course. The viewers streamed … Continue reading

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Summer at Saint-Antoine 2012, Part 2

The first of the moons of August, setting over the roofs of Saint-Antoine. Next up: Anglaise. Sometimes known as “copperplate” in the anglophone world: I did manage to solve the Canine Complication in time to arrive for the second week … Continue reading

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Summer at Saint-Antoine 2012, Part 1

Everything about Saint-Antoine l’Abbaye is beautiful. It’s a wonderful place to hold our summer calligraphy courses. Or we wouldn’t have been doing it  since 1989. Unfortunately for me, a Canine Complication meant I was unable to be there for Deuxième … Continue reading

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Aperitifs & Medieval Illumination

Diapering. Lozenges. At the sides are two examples of my following our instruction (really, I don’t remember who was presenting it on those occasions) in a course on illumination, where gilding nine little 5mm square boxes is a start on … Continue reading

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Catchmarks

In a post of September 28, 2011, Language Hat discusses the word “catchmark“. My mind leapt at this; but I am dozy…our files are in non-digital disarray…and all the usual excuses. Nonetheless, the citation was irresistable. “Catchwords” we see all … Continue reading

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