This past 28th of February 2016, I hosted a Copperplate Calligraphy workshop at Como House & Gardens in Melbourne. It was my first time at this amazing location and I felt very privileged to be sharing my knowledge in such a historical environment. The theme of the class was an introduction to Copperplate calligraphy.
My friend the great photographer, Teagan Glenane, came to Como House & Gardens and took these awesome shots of my calligraphy session.
The workshop was at the ball room and I had 14 students from all ages and backgrounds.
I always write all letters of the alphabet in front of the students and talk about letter proportions, ductus (order of the strokes), counter spaces and letter spacing.
After we have written a few letters I come and see all students one by one. I think the most challenging part of Copperplate calligraphy is actually getting use to the nib, as it is not a familiar tool to us. The second challenge is actually following the dramatic angle of 60 degrees.
I always bring to all my sessions examples of applied works. When possible, I also bring samples of my calligraphy teachers. In this case you can see my Copperplate Calligraphy certificate, designed by Amanda Adams and a letter addressed to me by Oriol Miró. I also found an original contract from 1886 at Els Encants Market in Barcelona.
I use walnut ink for all my calligraphy workshops. My teachers taught me this way and I use the same system. Walnut ink let you see through every movement and pause of your hand, and I find it really good for learning and gaining confidence through your own strokes.
The location is stunning and everyone seemed to enjoy the Copperplate calligraphy workshop very much.
Special thanks to Amber Evangelista for organising this Copperplate calligraphy workshop and to Teagan Glenane for the great shots.