I was born at Shipton Farm, Winslow, Buckinghamshire,
England in 1941
and spent my early years pursuing my love of horses through several
I came (rather unwillingly, to say the least)
with my parents, sister and brother, to Australia in 1956,
and lived ever for almost fifty years in Montrose, a small township
in the foothills of Mt Dandenong.
Unable to settle to further study due to extreme homesickness, I
began work in Melbourne and gained the secretarial skills which
have been in constant use in one form or other ever since.
I had always been a knitter and was keen
to spin my own wool and dye it. This led me eventually to teach
spinning, weaving and dying, as well as judging fleeces and exhibiting
finished articles. For many years my mother and I mounted a large
exhibition in conjunction with the fleece section at the Lilydale
Show. Those interested in this craft may like to look at a
few photos from this era.
I have always loved
the written word, and the images that words created in my imagination.
About fifteen years ago I began the long quest of endeavouring to
acquire the skills
which would enable me to mortalise my imaginings.
I began with a class at a local community
house and continued with several intermediate classes. When a
two year certificate course was established at the Melbourne College
of Decoration (now RMIT) I enrolled with lightning speed. The
completion of this course (and presentation of a computer generated
certificate with my name typewritten thereupon!) failed to convince
me that I had become a calligrapher of any great skill.
Workshops with several visiting tutors (Margaret
Daubney, Anne Hechle and Mark Van Stone) served to reinforce my
realisation that my letter forms still left much to be desired.
With the advent of Jill Colebatch's wonderful
two year course For The Love of Letters,
I gradually came to acquire more confidence and familiarisation
with classic letter forms.
Having been a member of the Calligraphy Society of Victoria
since 1987 I suppose it was only fair that I take a turn serving
the Committee in some way. In 1992 I became Secretary and realised
that a few computer skills wouldn't go astray. Purchase of my
own computer enabled me to keep the Society's records up to
date and also gave me the opportunity to learn and use Pagemaker
to produce our magazine Postscript. I was Secretary for
four years and continued as Editor for another two. I was honoured
to be made a Life
Member of the Society in 1998.
In February 2003 Jonni and I began the
building of our post and beam mudbrick home in the beautiful
Yarra Valley, to the east of Melbourne. This adventure has been
documented on our website