Saturday 24th July
10am - 4pm
About this event
Join Lake District based illuminator, Sarah Lace, for this one day hands-on course in the historic craft of illuminated lettering at The Farmer’s Arms.
Suitable for beginners to experienced illustrators, Sarah will take participants through the fascinating history of this ancient craft and its evolution through the centuries. Exploring both traditional and modern techniques you’ll learn how to design and decorate your own illuminated letters using a variety of techniques including watercolour and gold ink, powder and leaf.
The term illuminate comes from the Latin 'illuminaire' which means 'to light up'. Traditionally, this decorative calligraphy was a religious subject practised in monasteries with the application of gold leaf reflecting the light and making the letters appear to glow. Usually, the technique would be applied to the first letter on a manuscript page.
You will learn in a small group of up to 8 students to allow plenty of chances to ask questions and get feedback on your work. Each session runs from 10am - 4pm with tea, coffee and cake provided for the morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch will not be provided but can be ordered from The Farmer’s Arms on the day.
The course costs £40 per person and includes all your materials.
Pre-booking is essential by Wednesday 21 July. Follow this link.
About the Tutor:
With a keen interest in history, literature and art Sarah Lace pursued qualifications in Fine Art and Design, Life Drawing, Mathematics and English Literature before focusing her training on the ancient crafts of illuminated lettering and stained glass. In 2004, Sarah served an 18-month stained glass apprenticeship with ‘Charles Lightfoot 1890’ in Manchester and is currently mentored by Master Craftsman Jim Collis. For her illuminated lettering practice, she works under the mentorship of artists Patrick Corbett and Anne Robinson.
Both practices are on the endangered list of heritage craft skills. Through her work Sarah aims to support both crafts regeneration by running courses, making commissions and giving talks and demonstrations that share her skills and knowledge on both subjects.