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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June 2020

Paper Cut letters with Sharon Shaw C A N C E L L E D

June 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£30

The social evening has been cancelled due to spread of corona virus.   Discover how to incorporate calligraphy into the beautiful craft of paper cutting. In this workshop you will learn how to • embed a letter or a word or a piece of text within a cut paper design • create a piece of work from a sketch to a final design. We will also look at the history of paper cutting and the work of contemporary paper cutting…

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August 2020

Simple book structures and useful accessories – with Donna Foster

August 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£30

  Join us for a relaxing day of making useful things from spare packaging!  We will be using corrugated cardboard to make a nib organiser, paper bags to make notebooks, envelopes to make a piano-hinge display book, and (time permitting) seeing how many different book structures we can make which use just one sheet of A4. Re-use, recycle, and . . . relax!   Workshop Fee £25: SLLA members £30: non-members How to Enrol Please email Nicola Dunn, our events coordinator,…

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September 2020

Attilio Medda • Cancelled

September 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation, The Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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£3

The social evening has been cancelled.

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Pen Patterned Shapes with Joy Daniels

September 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£20

  Our workshop with Joy Daniels on 26th September will go ahead as a ZOOM CLASS instead of meeting together at Aspire, as originally planned. The class will start with a 1.5 - 2 hour zoom session and then break for 2 hours to work on your own projects, then re-convene via ZOOM , for a further 1.5 - 2 hours to summarise, ask questions and show work. Joy is experienced in teaching via zoom and thinks that this topic…

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November 2020

Manuscript Book Design with Josie Brown

November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£20

This workshop will begin with a short overview of historical MS page design and then examine a range of contemporary hand-written books in terms of the bindings as well as what they have inside – to open up the box of possibilities.  This will be followed by a couple of small group activities to enlarge on the working process of designing MS books and then explore a range of stress-free processes suitable for use within already-bound books, since many of…

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January 2021

‘Say it in Styles’ with David Simons

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ZOOM session
£20

    This class will go ahead as a zoom class, starting at 10am with a 2 hour link up, then a 2 hour break, followed by another 2 hour session.   The workshop will be an introduction to the limitless possibilities of ‘Hand Lettering’, a form of drawing to create decorative letters, experiment and have fun. Learn how to create styles of lettering to convey the message of your words. Don’t worry about perfection!…The beauty is in the imperfection…

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June 2021

The Art of Illumination with Toni Watts

June 4 @ 10:00 am - June 5 @ 4:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£80

This is a repeat of the 2 day workshop with Toni in 2020, to accommodate those who could not get a place on the course, first time round. It is full again, but you can add your name to the reserve list. During this two day workshop we will explore a variety of ways of adding gold leaf to a design, using both simple and more challenging techniques. Starting with the application of gold leaf flat to the page using…

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Large Italic using Automatic Pens with Rachel Yallop (via ZOOM)

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ZOOM session
£30

This workshop will be a zoom class with 2 two hour sessions beginning at 10am and breaking for lunch.  Writing letters at a large size increases calligraphic confidence and enhances hand skills. Using the larger sizes of Automatic pens is a great way to achieve this. In this class we will: Practice a rhythmic texture of lines as a way into making letters. Look at pen manipulation and how to make an easy transition between thick and thin strokes. Develop…

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September 2021

Neuland Script Uncovered with Mark L’Argent CANCELLED

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£35

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this workshop, but it will be re-arranged for another date for next year. 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/NLLA members £35: non-members We welcome…

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Robert Dunn: Walk in Central City of London

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£3

This year's London walk for the SLLA will be on Tuesday, 14 September and is called Bermondsey Riverside. There are few areas of London that have changed in recent decades as much as the dockside area of Bermondsey. Almost the whole of the riverside was once devoted to the loading and unloading of goods from ships that arrived from all over the world, to be stored in gigantic riverside warehouses. Our walk tells the story, following the riverside from London…

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