Annual General Meeting 2017
This year’s AGM will be begin at 1.45pm on Saturday, 7 October at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT.
We are delighted to welcome Stan Knight FSSI as our speaker in 2017. Stan’s life in America means he is rarely able to visit the SSI’s events and this promises to be an exceptional day, reviewing the life’s work of an exceptional scribe. Make sure you are able to attend. More information will follow later.
LETTER & IMAGE: A Life in Art and Letters
A Presentation by Stan Knight FSSI
This autobiographical presentation reveals my ‘Love & Joy’ for letters during 64 years of calligraphic study and practical experience. It traces the development of my work, from my earliest attempts at Art School when I was just 16 years old, right up to today.
During all this time, my work has been rather varied – beginning with my studies with Thomas Swindlehurst (who was himself a student of Edward Johnston’s at the Royal College of Art), through to my, eventually successful, application for Fellowship of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in London in 1964, and on to commissioned pieces (in both commercial lettering as well as more traditional calligraphic work). Much of this has never been seen before.
One specialisation in my calligraphic life has been the use of Versal capitals, in both my own work and my teaching. I tell the story of how this came about, from my earliest ugly mistakes to my more recent ease with this quite tricky letterform.
Because of my Art School training, I have always been interested in the challenge involved in combining Letter & Image. But it is far from easy to do it well. Here I show some of my attempts at trying to integrate words and imagery – admitting my failures as well as perhaps my more successful endeavours!
All in all, this presentation gives a unique look at the life’s work of an experienced scribe, with links between Edward Johnston and the more experimental calligraphy of today.