Words made beautiful

Come to a special exhibition
celebrating the centenary year of The Society of Scribes and Illuminators

The Words Made Beautiful exhibition is now moving to its third venue in the Swansea Museum. It will open there on Friday 5 August 2022.

This inspiring exhibition includes original work by more than 60 contemporary calligraphers and lettering artists and presents a beautiful reflection of one hundred years of expressive lettering nurtured by the SSI.

Words Made Beautiful brings together a display of pieces from current members and a number of seminal historical works that reveals the true breadth and diversity of calligraphy and lettering as a modern art form.

Source: www.calligraphyonline.org

A festive feast for the eyes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Christmassy calligraphic review.

2022 will be a significant celebration of 10 years of South Wales Scribes. We look forward to our first gathering of the year on 29th January to make exhibition plan. So, until then, Happy New Year to everyone and keep scribbling!

Gordon W
Grace B
Marlene K

Autumnal Inspiration

Summer is well and truly behind us and many of us are looking forward to, or have just started another year of calligraphy classes or workshops.

We asked for some ‘Autumnal Inspiration’ from South Wales Scribes members and we weren’t disappointed. Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for details of work on an Autumn theme.

The days are now noticeably shorter, the mornings are cooler and mistier and the natural world around us is changing colour – from summertime green to the amber, rust, chestnut and deep reds of Autumn.

Our autumnal collages feature a wide variety of creative work using different media for written hands, drawn lettering, illumination and gilding. We hope they provide you with some inspiration for your own ongoing work. One advantage of the longer, darker nights is perhaps more time to settle down to some creative calligraphy without the distraction of good weather or the smell of a BBQ outside!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Members Meeting in Felindre on October 23rd. If you can make it please bring along physical examples of current work.

Workshops in 2022

We are excited to announce that our excellent programme of workshops will restart early in 2022. Our very own Judith Porch has kindly offered to kick-start the programme with a workshop using her favourite ‘Finetec’ metallic paints.

‘Fun with Finetec’ is scheduled for January 2022 – actual date to be confirmed following our meeting on 23rd October 2021. Watch this space.

Welcome back!

Hello everyone
After the long break we have had in SWS activities we are looking forward to getting things going again.
A date for your diary – 23 October 2021 – when we are planning to
have a get together day. We have booked the hall at Felindre for the day. As well as an opportunity to meet up again, please bring along a few pieces that you’ve done recently or even ones in progress for everyone to see and feel inspired by.

We will spend time working on ideas and discussing plans for our 2022 exhibition . Please let Alison know via email – swscribes1@gmail.com by 30 September 2021 – if you are able to make it on 23rd October.

We are hoping to restart workshops with external tutors next year. Judith Porch has kindly offered to begin these in January with a workshop on using ‘Finetec’ paints. More information to follow.

Workshop Programme

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

Lucia Leyfield Instagram

2020 Workshops confirmed

29th February | PETER HALLIDAY

Getting to grips with Rustics (and a little gilding)

Book before 4th February for this workshop.

Venue | Felindre Welfare Hall, Felindre Swansea, SA5 7NA
Time | 10 am to 4 pm

Cost £30 for members of South Wales Scribes (£35 for non-members). Minimum 10 places, maximum 18-20 places

For further information see FUTURE WORKSHOPS


Expandable sketchbook journals and what to put in them

Lucia Leyfield Instagram

Venue | Felindre Welfare Hall, Felindre Swansea, SA5 7NA
Time | 10 am to 4 pm

Booking information to follow.

Silence is Golden

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

Lady Star of the Sea

To 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.

by Norma