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2 day course to learn illuminated lettering at Swallows & Artisans, Lake District

Illuminated lettering example at Swallows & Artisans

Duration: 2 day (optional 3rd day available)

Price: £150

Contact: Karen Duncan at Swallows & Artisans

East of Lake
LA21 8AA

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Join talented illuminator, Sarah Lace, for a two day workshop to learn the historic craft of illuminated lettering. This workshop offers the opportunity to learn something of the history and origins about these art forms as we examine a range of styles from 6th century Celtic through to the modern day; showing their development through time. Sarah will help with the design of your piece including simple techniques of constructing Celtic knotwork and spirals, decoration using rubrication and enhancing the piece with the use of watercolour and gold. You will learn some basic skills and techniques which you can continue to develop and practice at home with easily available materials. If you are working on a large project and require more time or would like to know more skills, there is the option of staying for a 3rd day for an additional charge.

For those who are not familiar with illuminated lettering - the term illuminate comes from the Latin 'illuminaire' which means 'to light up' and is essentially decorative calligraphy with the use of colour and gold in many different forms. Traditionally this was a religious subject practised in the monasteries with the application of gold leaf to a letter which then reflects the light and makes the letter appear to glow. This letter would typically be the first on a manuscript page or page border and coloured images were added to enhance the letter. Nowadays these techniques can be applied to create something quite modern and appealing.

About Sarah
Sarah is a local artist with a background in fine art and design. In the last 3 years Sarah has begun to specialise in illumination, in particular, lettering and is mentored by experienced illuminator, Patrick Corbett. Sarah is passionate about this historic craft and passing on her skills to keep this vital craft alive. With a keen interest in history, literature and art Sarah finds this medium combines all three and her love of Lake District heritage gives her continued inspiration.

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What's included in the price?

All materials are supplied along with healthy lunches, cakes and refreshments. If you are working on a large project and require more time or would like to know more skills, there is the option of staying for a 3rd day for an additional charge. B&B accommodation is available at our adjoining property, Lanehead or in our separate holiday cottage, Lake House. Please enquire for details.

This relaxed event takes place at our inspiring, purpose-built creative workshop located in a spectacular setting overlooking beautiful Coniston Water in the Lake District. To view more photos take a look at our Facebook or Instagram pages under swallowsandartisans.

In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled, every booking will be transferred to a future workshop (subject to availability). Unfortunately no refunds can be given once a booking has been made.

Want to review this course?

Very good instruction. Many techniques were explained clearly and carefully by Sarah, with all materials provided to try out a wide range of gold and metal illumination. The venue was excellent with Karen ensuring a pleasant lunch and delicious homemade cake and biscuits kept our concentration and energy levels intact!

- - #25141

I attended this course earlier this year, it is very good venue, drinks available at any time, with cake and nice lunch.
It was a good course for beginners and improvers, Sarah explained things well and everybody seemed very pleased with what they had achieved. All materials were provided.

- - #22381

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