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Workshop: Modern Gothic Minuscules with hints on quill cutting – with Julia Baxter

June 25, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

£30 – £35

LEVEL: All Levels but some experience of a basic Gothic script would be useful 

DATE/TIME: Saturday 25 June 2022 – 10am – 4pm

VENUE: Stanton St. John Village Hall, Stanton St. John, Oxfordshire, OX33 1HD

SYNOPSIS:     Julia is a well known calligrapher based in Sandwich in Kent and a prominent member of Cinque Ports Scribes.  She has had a life-long love of writing and has taught calligraphy to both adults and children for many years, She also demonstrates as a medieval scribe and illuminator. She is a Fellow of CLAS. 

At this workshop we will be guided through some basic Gothic minuscules and will then explore ways of adding life, movement and informality to bring these wonderful letters out of the Middle Ages. Their dense texture and rhythms are perfect for modern calligraphy. 

Julia will include a short demonstration of cutting quills using seagull feathers which she will supply and everyone will be able to try to cut one for themselves. No seagulls will be harmed!

MATERIALS: You will need to bring with you:

For the Gothic writing:

Your usual calligraphic equipment including a writing board;

Black gouache or ink;

Size 1.5mm, 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm nibs (Mitchell equivalent is 1, 1.5, 2.5);

Size C-0 Speedball nib or Size 3 Automatic pen;

Layout paper (A3);

A couple of sheets of nice cartridge paper (A3);

Masking tape;

A 2cm x 4cm piece of grey card or thick mount board.

For the quill cutting:

A scalpel with a size 10 (curved) blade;

Small cutting mat;


(You are welcome to bring your own feathers but please make sure they are already hardened)

To Sign Up for the Workshop:  Pay the fee directly into the HSBC Oxford Scribes, Account Number: 81390341 Sort Code 40-08-41 and email the workshops organiser: workshops@oxfordscribes.co.uk with the name of the workshop and reference used for the bank transaction (to keep banking costs low this is the preferred method). ALTERNATIVELY cut off and send the application slip, with a cheque DATED THE DATE OF THE WORKSHOP made payable to OXFORD SCRIBES for the fee.  Please write the name of the workshop on the back of the cheque.

The fee is £30 for members and £35 for non-members.

Priority will be given to members until approximately one month before the date of the workshop. All applications will be acknowledged and a reminder will be sent by email approximately two weeks before the workshop.  No refunds will be made unless the workshop is cancelled or you find a replacement attendee.

Workshop: Modern Gothic Minuscules with hints on quill cutting – with Julia Baxter


June 25, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£30 – £35
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Village Hall, Stanton St John
Stanton St John Village Hall
Middle Lane, Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom


Oxford Scribes