Inspiration

Most people don't know what parchment is and if they know, they couldn't identify whether a book's pages are paper or parchment- even with a magnifying glass!

Is it parchment, paper, parchment paper, vellum, transparent vellum.... And isn't parchment a form of paper? Give me a break. Misunderstandings abound!

Calligraphy is one of those professions where people ask for unusual things. This seems to be true across the centuries and across cultures.
In the year 2000 I heard a lecture at the Society of Scribes. The presenter, an art historian, spoke about a famous 12th century Chinese calligrapher who was asked to write surprising things on surprising surfaces.

L'dor v'dor
From generation to generation

Here at The Gorst Studio we attract people who believe in
Passing down traditional practices and elevating the next generation.

We love our Manuscript illumination and calligraphy heritage. And are committed to these art forms surviving to the 22nd century.

This project commemorates a bat mitzvah.

Contemporary manuscript illuminators have the freedom to conflate imagery and concepts which span multiple centuries and cultures. Researching themes and images appropriate to a commission is one of my favorite things to do. You can call it my personal journey.

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