I was contacted by KMPG Malta to ask if I could go and teach some of their staff calligraphy as part of their team building exercises. Not a problem! In 90 minutes? Oh heck! So after much thinking, plotting and planning I came up with the lesson; how to write their name in uncial. I provided 2 sets of guidelines, my uncial exemplar and a Zig calligraphy felt tip pen.
What fun it was! Hardly any history, the briefest of briefest explanations about x-height, nib angle and ruling guidelines and off we went. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly they picked it and how well they did.
The nearest student was called Eric so I demonstrated how to letter an E then went round each of the 8 students correcting and encouraging. Then it was onto the R and how important the serif is. The I which is nothing without the serif and then the C which is basically an E. The next name, Esther, well we’d already done the E and R so it was just the S, T and H. The last person was Francesca who had waited patiently for us to get round to the F to complete her name and there was 80 minutes gone! And what is it with the letter F? Everyone got the hang of it straight away.
There were a few letters that weren’t in people’s names so I demo’d them at the end and then we briefly did a bit of Celtic knotwork but we really needed a bit more time to fully understand it!