This year’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Saturday, 27th October 2018
at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT
AGM 2017 Report
Our 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 7 October at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT and was very well attended.
We were delighted to welcome Stan Knight FSSI as our speaker. Stan’s life in America means he is rarely able to visit the SSI’s events and so his presence and talk made it an exceptional day.
LETTER & IMAGE: A Life in Art and Letters
A Presentation by Stan Knight FSSI
This autobiographical presentation revealed Stan’s ‘Love & Joy’ of letters during 64 years of calligraphic study and practical experience. He traced the development of his work, from his earliest attempts at Art School at just 16 years old, right up to today.
During all this time, his work has been rather varied – beginning with his studies with Thomas Swindlehurst (who was himself a student of Edward Johnston’s at the Royal College of Art), through to his, 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 had never been seen before.
One specialisation in his calligraphic life has been the use of Versal capitals, in both his own work and his teaching. He related the story of how this came about, from his earliest ugly mistakes to his more recent ease with this quite tricky letterform.
Because of his Art School training, Stan has always been interested in the challenge involved in combining Letter & Image. But it is far from easy to do it well. He showed some of his attempts at trying to integrate words and imagery – admitting his failures as well as perhaps his more successful endeavours!
All in all, this presentation gave a unique look at the life’s work of an experienced and exceptional scribe, with links between Edward Johnston and the more experimental calligraphy of today.