The first-ever West Coast Spencerian Saga with master penmen Michael Sull
and Bill Kemp
concluded over two weeks ago, and I'm still digesting it all.
It was a completely different experience from the longstanding Geneva-on-the-Lake Sagas
, which are retreat-like in nature, held at the beautiful Lakehouse Inn
on the south shore of Lake Erie in October when the air is crisp and the leaves are turning. Platt Rogers Spencer himself lived, taught, and is buried in Geneva.
In April the Berkeley venue, Castle in the Air
, is busy, lively, and very connected to the Fourth Street goings-on, with lots of great places to eat and shop during breaks from the pen and ink. Art seems to be in the very air there. And... just a twenty-minute drive across the Richmond bridge from my house!
Both experiences are awesome: the former rich with penmanship history and the latter showing Spencerian's relevance in a contemporary setting.
Bill's digital overhead projector enabled this kind of detail! Sure beat struggling to watch over someone's shoulder. This is a comparison of the Nikko G and EF Principal nibs...
At the top is my final project: My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot, a quote I love and neglected to attribute to Ashleigh Brilliant. The script is Spencerian, of course, in Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White with embellishments in Spectralite gold. I used an EF Principal for the text and a Nikko G for the offhand flourishing.
Castle in the Air has published all of our final projects
on its blog. I was amazed at the variety and ingenuity as the participants--who ranged from first-timers to twenty-year veterans, hobbyists to seasoned professionals--showcased the variety of techniques we had learned during the week from . It was a fun and lively group!
And the entire week we had the strangest feeling someone was watching us...