Tutors - Olive Bull, Elmo van Slingerland, Heidi Willis, Jake Weidmann, Luca Barcellona.
NOW OVER - HERE IS A REPORT.
The Summer School in Winter (SSiW) 2013 was a complete success. There was a distinctly friendly vibe and the committee are proud of the effort to make 80 registrants (87 with us) as happy as possible.
This year we had some new guests......contingents from PERTH, SYDNEY, COUNTRY VICTORIA, NEW ZEALAND, and QUEENSLAND. We couldn't do it without the out -of- towners. CSV Melbourne is very proud of this NATIONAL event.
There is always a core number of people whose passion cannot be extinguished and it is those who do all they can to keep this event on the map. Janine Mitchell was responsible for getting some very good lettering artists from overseas and nationally to tutor us.
This year we had ELMO VAN SINGERLAND from the Netherlands who is adept at Gestural lettering, (see example ), LUCA BARCELLONA from Italy, HEIDI WILLIS from Sydney teaching botanical art, JAKE WEIDMANN, from USA teaching COPPERPLATE lettering, OLIVE BULL from Launceston Tasmania, teaching CNUT HAND, and RO BRUHN teaching journal making.
Classes this year were as small as 7 students or as large as 21.
Elmo Van Singerland held two workshops over the 5 days. Using ruling pens of different sorts and a Speedball Nib he showed us how to form letter without the wrist ever touching the paper. Free movement required confidence . We soon discovered the tools made a big difference. Ours were scratchy and new......his well worn and Swedish.!! I know a beginner always blames his tools but in this case the tutor even admitted it.
As is usual the society held a GALA DINNER, a chance to meet and greet and renew past acquantences. Luca Barcellona offered a 20 minute lecture over tea and coffee and we had the usual GAME involving letters.
The funniest characters come to life and there are no boundaries some will go to win at all costs.
Patricia Barth was the MC of the the event and with her team of helpers it turned out to be a good night of conversation and laughs.
Each evening the students who lived in, met for a stroll down to nearby Lygon Street (Italian quarter) for dinner.
Graham McArthur, Patricia Barth and Greg Henlon
On Saturday at 5.45 we met in the cafeteria area for a CALLIGRAPHERS BAZAAR where we can buy originals, prints, art materials, cards, boxes all made by participants or tutors. All reason is lost for the hour .
An hour later we met again for a double lecture session (Elmo and Jake) preceded by pizza and salads and a glass of wine. Very informal.
At the Dinner the big raffle was drawn and there was also the formal thank yous and gift presentations to the tutors.
The Fifth and final day is always tinged with a certain sadness as students complete their projects, circulate email lists, take photos and express our thanks to the tutors.
Swap cards are actually exchanged as they have your personal details on them. They are worn on ones apron (to protect ones clothes from Ink stains) . Its an exercise in creativity.
THE TANGO QUEEN artwork is by Patrica Barth in a two day workshop.
THE covered boxes were simply tissues boxes covered in photocopies of the tablemat design.
Marg Kubisch and Patrica Barth who met two SSIWs ago. Marg is from The BAROSSA.
Margret Burgess Botanical art piece from Heidi Willis workshop
We are now looking toward next year.