I never thought i'd like Spencerian
I mean i started from Copperplate calligraphy, and it actually took me quite a while to appreciate the beauty of the fine lines and crazy beautiful curves! And one need to have great skills in order to master it!
Sadly in Malaysia i couldn't find anyone to teach me this beautiful script, and so when i found out the Master Penman Michael Sull was going to have Spencerian workshop in Cebu and Manila, i was like i MUST go! Was contemplating to join both Cebu and Manila, but i thought to myself, just learn the basic first, and maybe next year join the advance class! So after checking with my ever supportive husband, plane tix booked, hotels booked, and off we went to Cebu!
i am really glad that i make it to this 2-day Spencerian beginner's bootcamp, to learn all the basics, understand the forms and the reasons, and surrounded by all the talented people in the room. I still remember when i found out someone i followed for quite a while on insta was sitting just right next to me, i screamed a little inside (and out)! And Michael Sull, oh Michael Sull, so adorable, and so so humble even though with his wealth of knowledge on this field! He really took the time to explain and show us the right way, and always when we said thank you to him, he'd replied "Thank you for letting me to show you!" awwwwwww
And to be able to immerse myself in this beautiful script for 2-day, even with this 2-day, my eyes are trained, and i'm looking to train my skills so i can write this script beautifully and confidently!
So here are some photos for the 2-day!
We (or I) were actually quite worried for the plane ride, coz you know, 2 kids. And this is the first time Jiunn takes a plane ride that is more than 1 hour. But luckily everything went well, without the help of iNanny (but lotsa grapes and biscuits helped!) and we reached Cebu safe and sound!
Michael Sull brought along with him a giant folder, that contains original letters or writings of the great penman, so that we can be inspired by the writings, and we were really amazed by the skilfulness and gracefulness of the letters!
I liked how Michael Sull took his time to explain the difference of holders, and also helped us to adjust our own holders. But i remembered he was abit shocked seeing my ink-stained holders (opps!), and kept telling me to "Remember to clean the nib properly after writing!"
Some may think learning calligraphy is a trend, like workshops popping up, fancy settings and what not. But really it has been around so for long, and calligraphy is really an art by itself. Really thankful to be able to attend and learn this artform, the warmth and hospitality, the talent, the never stop learning (do you know he still practice 4-hour per day?), the humbleness and the passion is something i'll cherish for a long long time!