Peninsula Scribes hosts Rebecca Wild
Peninsula Scribes was pleased to host Rebecca Wild, local PNW calligrapher, at their recent January meeting. Her program, Letter Stories, told the story of her calligraphic and art journey. She also related how a relationship with letters and calligraphy changed the lives of some of her students. We were a captive audience as we followed along in a power point presentation taking us to a time when she traced all of her letters, and thought she could learn calligraphy in 6 months. “Trial by fire” got her to where she is today, one of the most sought-after teachers in Lettering and Art. We were given a peek into the writing of her beloved grandmother’s ledger — one of her basic teaching tools, and her cartoonist great uncle’s letters from the late 1800’s.
More Letter Stories were shared, including one about an exceptional student, Ibrahima Barry, who along with his brother, developed an alphabet named ADLaM. His native language, Pular, had no unified writing and reading system before ADLaM and illiteracy was rampant. The acronym ADLaM, translates to, “the alphabet that will save a people from disappearing.” Rebecca also shared a story about “Tim’s Pens” –it’s evolution and the serendipitous part she played.
Part two of Rebecca’s program had us actively involved in layering text, embossing, pastels ,and colored pencil on her favorite Strathmore 500 series paper, which ended in a standing folded card. Everyone was delighted with their results.
Thank you, Rebecca!