Calligraphy becomes part of a moving story of love, romance and the beauty of wonderful people showing their love for each other.
I recently had a phone call from a very kind man desperate for my help. Could I put a few words onto a wine barrel? He had tried all over town to find someone willing to give it a try. He explained that his very special girl had just lost her dearest old horse, Louey. He wanted to demonstrate his love for her with a very special gift. Could I burn the words "Loueys Apples" into the side of a wine barrel? He would then plant an apple tree in the barrel so that she would, in the future be able to feed apples to her horses from the tree. Thus she would have an ever present reminder of her very much loved and dearly departed horse Louey. The story was more than enough to draw me in.
Gerrard could not express just how much this meant to him or what it would truly mean to his girlfriend.
The gesture said it all. Words put into a gift as an expression of deep love, this time, came in a very different form.
The job required pyrography - the process of burning designs into wood or leather with a heated tool. A first for me yet again and what a pleasure to play a small part in a big story of love and loss - love of a partner and of a beloved companion, simply portrayed in this loving gesture.
I have now taught for 18 months at RMIT University in their Calligraphy Course. As the saying goes "To teach is the learn twice". I have learned a lot myself about the art of lettering and about how to share my creative skills with others. Calligraphy is in a new and expanding place in the world today. Traditional skills are being used in new and very exciting ways and by a new group of young and excited lettering nerds. The RMIT course has been updated a little to meet the desires of a whole new market. I am going to expand on that even more in my own "Studio8" in Hampton. Listen & look & news will come to you.