Our programme of workshops is on hold at the moment due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We will bring you news of future workshops, including the rescheduling of the much anticipated ‘Journal’ workshop with Lucia Leyfield, as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.
Stay safe, keep calm and do calligraphy!
Expandable sketchbook journals and what to put in them
In April this year members of South Wales Scribes took part in ‘lifelong learning’ demonstrations during The Swansea Learning Festival.
Swansea is one of only three UNESCO Cities of Learning in the UK and the intention of this city-wide event was to encourage members of the public to take up new learning activities.
Over two days an enthusiastic group of scribes spent a most enjoyable time working in the serene atmosphere of St Mary’s Church. The intention was to work towards creating a collaborative ‘Book of Silence’ (inspired by similar projects undertaken very successfully in Bruges and Cambridge) whilst inviting visitors to ‘have a go’ themselves under the guidance of tutor Judith Porch.
We were very pleasantly surprised to have so many interested visitors and the experience was a great success.
Members have been putting the finishing touches to their works and the gallery shows the results of our labours along with photos from the event.
Adapted and updated by Lesley Romano from an original article for the South Wales Scribes’ Newsletter by Gordon Wood
celebrate a hundred years of worship at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in
Mumbles, a flower festival was one of many events held to mark the
centenary. The theme was nautical and I was asked to write out the text of a
hymn dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star.
I chose formal Uncials as their calm stillness seemed fitting in a church setting. The initial letter of the four verses is a painted versal which allowed me to use some colour and illustration. I used a square edged nib on Saunders hot press watercolour paper.
Our next annual meeting day is on Saturday 12 October 2019. Do come along if you can. Those who attended last year really got a lot out of the activities we did and said how much they enjoyed it.
We’re already planning our ideas for this year. And, honestly, the formal meeting part of the day is interesting – it’s your chance to talk about how the year is gone, what you’d like to see in the future, and to suggest ideas that will make South Wales Scribes an even better group for you, its members.
In October of 2017 SWS Member Joan Mallett entered a WI competition to create a White Ribbon Logo for the ‘Not in my Name’ campaign.
The campaign was established in 2012 to raise awareness of Violence Against Women (VAW) and to challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women. Annually, the Campaign marks White Ribbon Day and involves WI members in awareness-raising activities and in the recruitment of male ambassadors in speaking out against VAW.
The white ribbon is a symbol of men’s opposition to male violence against women and wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Joan’s entry came second in the competition and she was invited to the Senedd in Cardiff to attend the event to mark White Ribbon Day and collect a certificate from Ken Skates AM, then Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport.
The design featured pastel to highlight the white ribbon logo and black and red gouache for the lettering.
The winning entry was a
set of earrings and a pendant of the white ribbon logo made from polymer clay
and silver, and third place was a machine embroidery of the logo.