South London Letter Association regularly hosts events for its members. From social events, exhibitions, and other outings, to workshops and courses our events are a great opportunity to get together and share creative ideas about lettering. Most events are free for members, so join SLLA today.

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February 2022

Pencil Gothics with Gwyneth Hibbett

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£35

This workshop takes a familiar tool – the pencil – to practice and create gothic lettershapes and use them in combination with a variety of different artistic effects.  The versatility of pencils and their range of “hardnesses” give the calligrapher scope for shading and many different textures, which can take your lettering in different directions.  Soft graphite greys give a subtlety that the sometimes the harsh black ink of ‘blackletter’ doesn’t, and the ease of adding some pencil embellishment can…

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Members’ joint project

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£5

Members’ joint project – Jigsaw puzzle and wall hanging of calligraphic map of the London Boroughs, led by Sue Shocket Calligraphy Quiz – devised by Eva Driskell .

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March 2022

Illuminated Addresses with John P. Wilson

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£5

John Wilson will describe what illuminated addresses are, explain his fascination with them and why he has written a book “Beauty in Letters” about them and provide a number of examples and the stories behind them.

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April 2022

Archie Proudfoot

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£5

Archie Proudfoot is an artist and sign writer whose work utilises the techniques and the aesthetics of traditional signage to explore the relationship with language. He now splits his time between creating bespoke signage for businesses across London and creating his own personal pieces. Members will probably be familiar with his work, including his Alphabet mugs, which are sold by the Tate.

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May 2022

Make the Letters Do the Work with Mary Noble

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£5

Mary is a well known calligrapher, teacher and co-author of many books. Ever since discovering, post-graphic design training, that she could make letters by hand, Mary has spurned other forms of expression other than a bit of colouring-in or vague suggestions of backgrounds. Letters are so expressive in themselves, who needs pictures?

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Neuland Script Uncovered with Mark L’Argent

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£35

  In this workshop we will be learning and experimenting with the typeface NEULAND (meaning New Territory) and its origins in hand lettering, and looking at some of the variations of Neuland that have evolved since. This interesting alphabet was designed to be a type of Modern Gothic by Rudolph Koch in 1923. Workshop Fee £30: SLLA members £35: non-members We welcome everyone to join our workshops, but offer priority booking for our members until 8 weeks prior to the…

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June 2022

Robert Dunn City Walk – Coffee Houses

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
£5

Robert explores the eastern side of the City and tells how several of the City’s financial institutions started in the 17th century coffee houses.

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French Ronde Roundels with Gwyneth Hibbett

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£35

This workshop starts by looking at the French Ronde script, giving some time to work on this for those who have not tackled this hand before and space for those who would like to practice a bit. The characteristics of this decorative script enable the letterforms to be used to create decorative shapes and patterns.   In the second half of the workshop we will be using some simple design techniques to create some “Ronde Roundel” designs Workshop Fee £30: SLLA…

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September 2022

Sara Charles

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£5

Sara Charles is a historian with a particular interest in the production of medieval manuscripts. She has researched and produces the inks and pigments used in her own work.

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October 2022

Story Telling Word Maps with Chrissie Nicholls

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£35

In this workshop you will discover the joy of making a map based on your own story. Bring a memory with you; of a holiday, an adventure, a dream, or just the things you think about as you go for a favourite walk or meander around your garden.   Telling your story in words we’ll explore different ways to design a map including various cartographic notations and discuss using different lettering styles and sizes.   You’ll be led through your…

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