Jen Grove: SECRETARY HAND : GETTING CREATIVE WITH AN HISTORIC HAND

Title: 
SECRETARY HAND : GETTING CREATIVE WITH AN HISTORIC HAND
Teacher: 
Jen Grove
Date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Session: 
Morning
Level: 
All
Description: 

Secretary hand is a style of European handwriting developed in the early sixteenth century that remained common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for writing English, German, Welsh and Gaelic. I thought it important to chose a historical hand and a style that could be used for ornamental embellishments. The Capital letters of Secretary are ideal for paragraph headings for certificates and for a stepping off place for creating monogram design. Getting creative with a historic hand! Sounds like some endless possibilities, and as you become familiar with some of the variations of this unique hand I hope you agree! Secretary is a historical broad edged hand that is evolved from the English Court Hand which thrived 1066-1500. It fell out of use when the Italian hand ( Italic) became the style of choice because of italic’s sloping and easy joins it filled the requirements of business writing. If you are guessing that Secretary was a “business” hand of the early 16th and 17th century, you would be guessing right. So this morning workshop will be about exploring this exciting style that Shakespeare wrote in. How amazing to study and to make the marks similar to the letters that contained some of the greatest words ever written! There is a similarity to Batarde, and there are rounded variations and more angled with vertical accents that remind you of Roundel, yet we will focus on a very stylized modern version. In this course, I will talk briefly about the history of this hand, and then we will study the strokes in a short tracing exercise.

Supplies: 

A good mechanical pencil, a small plastic t-square, a pencil eraser (a tombow mono zero is the BEST), two 5.0 Zig markers, preferably black and red but any colors you might have, a pad of canson 9x12 vellum, a pad of 9X12 drawing paper.

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