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March 2004 - some recent work

The pictures shown on this page represent the pieces Sue is most pleased with. Here are the descriptions in her own words.

My heart leaps within me

My heart leaps

I did this piece a few years ago but it has always been one of my favourites. The words are part of The Seafarer - an Anglo-Saxon poem translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

The road goes ever on and on

The road goes ever on and on

I did this as a present for Paul, who as you can tell from elsewhere on this web site is an avid fan of Tolkien. I chose the spiral because I hoped it would represent the path winding away from Bilbo's cottage.

Gaudeamus Igitur

Gaudeamus igitur

This was set as a project for my calligraphy class by our tutor. The words are from a German drinking song with the approximate sentiment 'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.'

Cities and thrones

I found these words on the walls of Bluewater shopping centre. I thought they were equally applicable to the developments at Canary Wharf, which gave me the inspiration for the shape.

Cities and thrones



This was another class project. Our tutor encouraged us to visit the Illuminating the Renaissance exhibition at the Royal Academy and to produce a piece of work inspired by it. My tastes tend to be minimalist rather than ornate so I tried to introduce a lot more space while still keeping the layout.

Gollum's Riddle

Gollum's riddle

This is taken from The Lord of the Rings, though an earlier and shorter version appears in The Hobbit. When he was singing this to Frodo, Gollum provided the answer as part of the rhyme, but here the answer is given pictorially.
I did this for Madeleine's thirteenth birthday. She wanted some calligraphy to hang in her room, and as she is a great fan of gollum (thinking he is 'sweet' and 'cute'), this seemed appropriate.

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