This spring we're pleased to offer two workshops with long-time Center for Book Arts instructor Karen Gorst. Karen Gorst has been working as a Calligrapher and Illuminator for more than 20 years. A co-founder of the Gabriel Guild and former President of the Society of Scribes, she is a visiting instructor and lecturer at many institutions, including the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Penland School of Crafts, the Craft Students League, the Cloisters and Wellesley College. Her amazing in-depth knowledge of paper, ink and Medieval and Renaissance art techniques was featured recently in the Scriptorium, part of the recent Three Faiths exhibition at the New York Public Library. (You can see images from the exhibition on her website, here.) We took a trip to the library this winter to see the exhibition and have a guided tour with Karen and were blown away at the depth and breadth of the information she gathered together in one room.
We're looking forward to two workshops this spring with Karen: the first, Adhesives, Size and Varnishes: A Cooking Class is coming up on May 7th. Get out your pots and pans! This workshop focuses on making traditional adhesives from scratch and how to use them. Experiment with hide glue, bone glue, starch, paste, garlic glue and more. We will not be using eye of gnute but we will use fish eyes! Whether you are a survivalist at heart, or are simply interested in the origin of things, this is a day to remember.
Karen will also be teaching Copperplate Calligraphy and Beyond, starting May 2nd and running for five Monday nights. Students will learn the fundamentals of using the pointed pen for writing copperplate calligraphy. This beautiful style, used in the Declaration of Independence, is now used for weddings, logos, and White House Invitations. Beginners will learn the basic letter shapes and fundamentals of spacing. Those who have previously learned Copperplate will refine their lettershapes, spacing and focus on the practical aspects of using copperplate for one-of-a-kind pieces and for reproduction. Students who have already learned copperplate and wish to continue with different lettering style may choose of one of ten pointed pen or broad edged pen lettering styles.
Students interested in the art of illumination and the practice of calligraphy should really take some time looking through her website: http://www.gorststudio.com/ which contains many short clips, lessons, images and other materials.