I popped into the local museum this week as they have an exhibition of writing.
I was surprised to find that the work was by a local group 'Northampton Scribes'. I had never heard of them before and yet they were formed in 1996. There were all sorts of examples on the walls including this alphabet piece that had been worked by the whole group. I like the way the cat's head sticks out, but not sure you can see it clearly in the photo.
This envelope was beautifully addressed, unfortunately in a glass display case so the photo doesn't do it full justice. Wouldn't it be lovely to receive post like this? I do try and decorate envelopes I send a little bit but perhaps I should be working on my calligraphy skills. Have to admit that I cheat a bit with italic felt pens!
My favourite exhibit was this one by Erica Burt. The use of different pens and the repetition of appropriate words to make up the surfaces must have taken hours of work.
The exhibition reminded me to show you some of the lovely shop window displays in Venice. They make you want to go back to old fashioned writing!
|Look at these wonderful ink bottles.|
|There were whole shops devoted to the art of writing.|
|How about a glass pen? I think I would almost be afraid to use it in case it got broken.|