This video provides a wealth of information suitable not only for the beginner but also for the more experienced student. With many close-up shots, the clear and coherent filming enables the viewer to see in detail the skills demonstrated. By copying a 12th century miniature, Sally Mae Joseph shows how it is possible to learn from the past in order to develop your own skills and techniques.
About the calligrapher
As a free-lance artist, Sally Mae Joseph's lively work is well known internationally. She trained at Reigate School of Art and at the Roehampton Institute, London, where she gained the Calligraphy Diploma with Distinction. She is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, is a former tutor for the Roehampton Correspondence Course and has held many SSI workshops. For several years Sally worked full time on the Saint John's Bible project for the University of Minnesota and has lectured and demonstrated in Europe, Australia and USA.
When Sally Mae Joseph made this film she was known as Sally Teague.
Please be aware that the original format of this product was a VHS Video and it was originally recorded in 1995.
This DVD runs continuously and does not have ‘chapters’ that you find on a feature film DVD.
It should also be noted that the quality of the recording shows a level of deterioration.
That said, in this DVD, Sally clearly demonstrates the processes used in all aspects of gilding. I like the fact that these processes are not shown "Blue Peter" style (i.e. 'here's one that I made earlier'), so the viewer gets a better idea of the time taken to complete these processes.
Processes covered include:
- Selecting, preparing and Stretching Velum
- Making Gesso
- Raised and burnished Gilding
- Using Loose-leaf, transfer and Shell Gold
- Painting the Miniature
Also by Sally Mae Joseph:
DVD14 Modern Gilding for Calligraphers
DVD Format - world-wide, will work in all regions, Running time 130mins