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.
“Divine Inspiration”, the 95th Anniversary Exhibition of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators took place in York Minster from 3 – 18 September 2016.
Judith Porch had an amazing piece in the exhibition entitled “Monolith” which she hoped would surprise and intrigue. Here is what she said about it:
“Is Divine Inspiration within you? Or is Divine Inspiration without you?
I began by considering what the words ‘Divine Inspiration’ meant to me. I quickly realised that creativity, its origin and how it manifests itself would be my starting point.
When we experience that ‘light-bulb’ moment what is it that sparks it? I came up with two opposing answers.
The first is that Divine Inspiration is within us – a brain synapse, the result of chemical messengers leading to the formation of strong neural pathways made stronger from years of practice and experience. The second is that Divine Inspiration is without you – a flash of inspiration which has an external source or which has no input from you – a touch from God.
I began to consider how I would represent this concept and as is often the case with my work – light played a central role. I found myself drawn to the idea that if I had light coming from the top of the box, projecting the words ‘Divine Inspiration’ it would look ethereal; people could put their hands through it yet not touch it. My next challenge was how to create this effect? I found the answer with motion sensor lights.
If I asked you ‘Is Divine Inspiration within you or without you’ what would you say?”
Monolith: Brush lettering, plywood, chalk-board paint, motion-sensor lights, Doctor Martin’s Bleed Proof White, Winsor & Newton Gouache, printed acetate. 1mx950x450mm