About The Guild
In 1982, twenty students of the late Eric Tristram, a lecturer in Calligraphy at the University Of Western Australia Extension courses, met with a desire to encourage and assist each other in 'practising the old art and craft of calligraphy' and formed a 'Calligraphy Club'.
At their first meeting, the name was changed to Calligraphers' Guild. The rules then set out are not too far removed from our presently incorporated group, The Calligraphers Guild Of WA (Inc.).
Donald Jackson was the first overseas contact as he was with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators at that time. The Guild had decided to borrow some exhibition slides and purchase a book, The Calligraphers Handbook. Now the Guild runs its own annual exhibition and has a library of over 250 books. In 1984 three members went to Albury, NSW to learn directly from a Donald Jackson visit.
Guild member, Peter Evans, an accomplished Calligrapher and now retired Senior Art lecturer from the Edith Cowan University, arranged for Guild meetings to be held at the University in the mid 1980's. This allowed good facilities and your writer well remembers several visits by Rosemary Sassoon. Despite Western Australia's tyranny of distance we are no strangers to many of the international Calligraphers visiting Australia. Peter commenced a full time course in an Associate Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts and Crafts) with a major in Calligraphy in 1987. The change to a University from the Tertiary College of the time saw the demise of that course but not before most of Peter's students joined the Guild after seeing the Guild's first exhibition and sale of work in 1987 and the second in 1989. One can say that those students firmly cemented the foundations of the Guild as it is today.
The heady years from 1987 - 1990 saw a change in venue to a community centre, the Incorporation of the Guild, and a growth in numbers rising to 170. In 1989 it was decided to produce an annual diary. The cover of our first issue in 1990 was designed by Eric Tristram who died in March 1990. The diary was a success story. Most years a theme, for example 'Australiana' in 1999, was chosen for diary pieces, due to rising production costs the diary is no longer being produced.
Our members are mainly from the metropolitan area with a few from country areas. Over the years we have had several from other states as our members migrate as well as some from overseas.
We have many teachers at TAFE Adult Education centres as well as private lesson groups. Several teachers also make themselves available for country weekend workshops under the auspices of Arts Access.
The Guild's magazine was an extension of a handwritten single sheet by Eric posted to members. It is now called 'Quillo Talk' and is issued prior to the monthly meeting.
Links to Other Calligraphy Sites - Australia
Calligraphy, Lettering Art and Artist Books (Cecilia's Website)
Links to Other Calligraphy Sites - Overseas
Abbey Library of St. Gall, Switzerland (codices Electronici Sangallenses, CESG)
A Few Minutes on Books of Hours (Haynes Homepage)
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