Lindisfarne script (Half-Uncial)
All are welcome to this creative workshop – seasoned calligraphy students and beginners alike.
We’ll spend the day immersed in the Lindisfarne Gospels, a beautiful early-eighth-century manuscript which is written in a Celtic-style script known as Insular Half-Uncial. The tutor will guide you through a close analysis of this lovely lettering style, and then it’ll be a practical, hands-on day getting to grips with writing it. Everyone will have the opportunity to write out a short verse or quotation, with decorative initial letter, in a historically authentic style. If you haven’t tried your hand at calligraphy before and would like an introduction to this wonderful art form, do join us!
Your Tutor: Liz Barrow
Liz holds the Certificate in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute. Liz is a Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Accredited Tutor. She has also undertaken the Society of Scribes and Illuminators’ Advanced Training Scheme. She provides calligraphic services to the University of Cambridge and also works to commission on projects such as certificates for Quaker and other marriages.
What you need to bring:
- Jam jar or water pot
- Rag or kitchen paper (for cleaning nib)
- Old or cheap brush for loading ink into pen
- Folder for handouts
- Portable drawing board (available to borrow from the tutor if you don’t have one – please request in advance)
Items you will need, which can be bought from the tutor on the day if required (or bring your own if you already have them):
- A3 paper (cartridge/drawing paper)
- Broad-edged calligraphy pens
- Tracing paper
- Coloured gouache (paint), particularly red
- Palette or small pots for gouache
If you wish to purchase items on the day, please bring some cash with you as the tutor cannot process card payments. For the basics of what you will need for the day, expect to spend approximately £5 to £10.