Calligraphy at the Stratford Literary Festival

Calliography at the Stratford Literary Festival

Here are some of the fantastic pieces created by a few of the beginners at Eileen Worthington’s Calligraphy Class at the Stratford Literary Festival that was held in April this year. The sold out event produced some lovely work and Eileen was very impressed with all the students.

The work was created using Zig Memory System Double Ended Calligraphy Pens which Eileen recommends as a great starting point for anyone interested in Calligraphy. “They are so good, easy to use, and they make it so much easier to do some calligraphy, without all the bother of getting out ink, pens, different nibs etc.  We used the gold and silver pens to outline and enhance some of the letters, too.”

photo by Rupert Barnes (Official Festival Photographer)

12th May 2017

Posted In: Art and Craft Materials, Arty Outings, Mark Making

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Chris Gollon (1953-2017)

Peter and I and all at Curtisward have been deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of the British Painter, Chris Gollon. He was an exceptional Artist and a charming, genuine and unassuming man. His passion for all aspects of painting and creating art was infectious and his Art, truly inspiring.

Portrait of a Woman (II) by Chris Gollon

Portrait of a Woman (II) by Chris Gollon

We feel very privileged to have known him and call him a friend and will greatly miss mulling over the merits of materials, techniques, paintings, Old Masters and food and wine with him!

Our thoughts are with his family and his dear friend and agent, David.

Chris Gollon at work

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” – Salvador Dali

About Chris Gollon

6th May 2017

Posted In: Artists


No Bare Walls!

Ceiling of the Map Room in the Vatican, Rome.

I took this on a recent trip to Rome. Always worth looking up…especially in the Vatican Museums!

This is the Gallery of Maps – a 120m long corridor depicting all the regions in Italy as they were in the 1580s when Pope Gregory XIII commissioned the work. The Maps were created by Danti, a Friar and Geograpgher, who took three years to complete them.
The fantastic ceiling was the work of two other artists – Girolamo Muziano and Cesare Nebbia.



19th January 2017

Posted In: Arty Outings

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Super Sketchbooks with Khadi Paper

Khadi Paper Sketchbooks

Khadi Paper has proved to be a very popular surface this year. Artists, Illustrators and Crafters like the strength of the paper which allows for wet media such as watercolour, inks and acrylic and the hand-made feel of it which adds a decorative element to sketches and finished artwork.
These lovely bound sketchbooks in rough or smooth paper options will, therefore, make a nice gift as they look great and will be keenly received by anyone arty!

Close up of Khadi Paper

6th December 2016

Posted In: Art and Craft Materials, Inspiration, Painting

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