Updated January, 2014.
In preparation for Peter Thornton‘s Decorated Versal Letters Workshop at Binders Art School February 8-9th, 2014, we’re publishing a wonderful interview of him that gives a glimpse of the man behind the work. There are still a few seats open but they’ll go quickly soon!
So, SIGN UP FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE! and read below for details about the workshop.
If you can’t join the workshop, there’s a still a chance to meet Peter at our next Penabler meeting on Friday, Feb. 7th from 6-8PM. Peter’s going to expand upon some of his answers below and he’ll be doing a “Layout and Design – Live” demonstration just for us! Please bring a snack or drink to share with the group and be prepared to view his beautiful original pieces and prints (for sale!) Peter will demo his thought process on layout and design. He’ll also show some Ruling Pen work and variants of the same. See you friday the 6th!
The Wonderful World of Peter Thornton
January 13, 2014
AP: What is you least favorite word?
PT: Audit! I have been self employed for almost 40 years and have always needed an accountant!
AP: Describe your earliest memory of feeling your first creative spark.
PT: Looking at Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss and seeing her left hand behind his head. Made me realise that I had ‘feelings’ and a little depth perhaps (more than creative I guess.)
AP: What turns you on?
PT: Enthusiasm and a smiling face.
AP: What turns you off?
PT: Bigotry and guns. There are more but I don’t wish to appear on a moralistic pedestal.
AP: If you could use just one word to describe your work, what would it be?
PT: ‘Lively’ but someone I respect once said it was ‘exquisite’ and I found that quite moving.
AP: How has your experience as an author influenced your calligraphic work?
PT: It made me think from more angles.
AP: What do you love most about teaching?
PT: It makes me feel useful……an unfamiliar feeling for me really
AP: What sound or noise do you love?
PT: My wife coming home. Children laughing and playing when you cannot see them.
AP: What advice do you have to creatives about what to do when they get “stuck?”
PT: Henry Ford’s remark, ‘The harder I work, the luckier I become’ seems to sum up this problem.
AP: What music (genre and/or composer) inspires you most?
AP: What fine art (genre and/or artist) inspires you most?
PT: Rembrandt and ‘Drawings’
AP: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
PT: An orchestral Conductor.
AP: What profession would you not like to do?
AP: What do you admire most about Adolf Bernd?
PT: His quiet subtlety
AP: How have your roots as an Englishman affected your life here in the States?
PT: I do make a better cup of tea than most Diners I think?
AP: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
PT: ‘Well, you finally made it! Many of us in here had some doubts that you would’!
Exciting news here – calligrapher Peter Thornton is coming to Atlanta for a weekend workshop February 8, & 9th, 2014. He’ll be leading us through “Decorated Versal Letters” and we’re so excited. More information coming soon about this new and exciting workshop.
Meantime, we’re looking for someone to host him while he’s here (FEB 7TH, 8TH, & 9TH) so he’s well-rested and comfortable. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Jacob Gunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Binders.
And many thanks to our volunteers at last weekend’s Penabler demo table for Artfolio 2013. A good time was had by all and I loved sitting next to each of you. Check out the fun pictures we took of our amazing and generous hands fast at work.
Much love to all,
Remember the fun we had last year at the Penabler Demo table during Artfolio? Well, it’s time to do it again next weekend: November 2nd-3rd, 2013.
This year we have an official product sponsor: Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid acrylic inks. YUMMY. Along with the tools and inks you love to use, you’ll have access to their solids and iridescent inks, which are quite versatile. I’ve used them for years and am thrilled they’ve reached out to sponsor our table this year.
Read below for more details. Even if you can’t demo – drop by that weekend to visit and feast your eyes on all the fun around you. Binders sure knows how to throw an art party.
There will be no official Atlanta Penabler meeting the first Friday the 1st of November. Instead, we’ll be participating in Artfolio on Saturday and Sunday, Novermber 2nd & 3rd. Read more below about what the party’s all about and how you can participate!
Binders has an event each year called Artfolio: a weekend of demonstrations and lectures. Many new art supplies, products, and tools are featured by artists and company reps from all over the country. It’s an art supply bizarre and a very fun one at that! Lot’s of promotions, coupons and special offers are available. Teachers come by looking for new techniques and materials, students come looking for inspiration. It’s a BLAST.
I’ve had a calligraphy table before and demoing quietly for the crowd has always been fun. This year, I want to transform the calligraphy table into The Atlanta Penablers Table. This means if you are a Penabler at ANY level of experience, you are encouraged to participate in this fabulous weekend and claim a seat at the table.
I’m sectioning the weekend (Saturday, Nov. 2nd: 9am-7pm & Sunday, Nov. 3rd: 11am-6pm) into just seven time slots (each slot is 2 hours). Simply pick the slot(s) you’d like to fill, bring your stuff and come on over. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
While you’re sitting, you can expect people to walk by and marvel at the amazing tools you’re using. They might ask you questions, make comments or simply sit quietly and watch. I find this whole experience gratifying, in that it gives me time to sit and focus on the pen and letter and to share the experience with others.
If you are a young calligrapher and find the idea intimidating, please don’t let that stop you. Would you rather sit next to me and use this as a time to brush up on skills? Want help with your caps? Trouble angling your pen? Your free 2-hour lesson is waiting for you.
If you are an experienced calligrapher and you’d really like to show me YOUR way with the pen, then come give ME the lesson! Or maybe you’d just relish the time to sit and do nothing but flourish, without the distractions of your home setting or business looming by.
I want people to walk by the table and go, “Wow. That’s so beautiful. These two people are sharing something and it’s fun. They’re working on their craft, sharing information, and are having a good time doing it. I’d like to try it.”
The overall message is community, of which you are a part.
Come sit with me! AND, ONE MORE TIME: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
PS: If we run out of slots, not to worry! Artfolio is open to the public and we’d love to see you at the table to say hi and to visit the store and see all the other fabulous products on display. Come join the party!
Artfolio is open to the public and we’d love to see you at the table to say hi and to visit the store and see all the other fabulous products on display. Come join the party!
Joins us for our next Atlanta Penabler meeting on Friday, October 4th from 6-8PM as Penabler members Candace Harris and Karen Rothstein demonstrate “One Sheet Wonders!” Candace and Karen will show us how to make a book out of one sheet of 12″ square paper. We’ll make at least 3 of these. As you all know, all calligraphy needs a place to live – so keep in mind some of the calligraphic expressions you can apply to these great mini projects. See you next Friday!
What to bring:
PAPER: 1 sheet 12” X 12” double sided scrapbooking paper for each mini book/wallet (this is usually card stock, which is fine). We’ll try to get to 3 different ones. (Note: check the measurement of your paper; it must be exactly 12” square. Some scrapbooking paper is a little larger and must be trimmed.) Wrapping paper is too light weight and washi is too soft. Stampin Up online sells a light weight double sided card that is ideal for the mini wallet, but card weigh from a local craft store will work
• White glue or adhesive transfer tape
• Bone folder
• 12” ruler
• scissors and/or craft knife
• 12” cutting mat
• 1” circle punch if you have one
• Scoring board if you have one; not necessary but nice
• Ribbon or cord if you want to add a tie closure
• Scrapbooking embellishments
A Drink or Snack to Share