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Week #37
This work was done by Debra Flemming in New Orleans in 2017 for the session “Italic and Variations” in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:
This piece was done for the homework assignment on vellum. I liked the irregular shape of the skin and wanted a small quote to compliment it. The first time I used this Plato quote was for a wedding certificate for my daughter. I thought it was a perfect fit for this small piece. The next step was creating an illustration. I have always loved the textile designs of William Morris and drew on them for inspiration. I found several that were in various stages of completion.  Coupled with the idea of the incomplete song, it seemed like the perfect pairing.

The quote was done using indigo stick ink and a Mitchell nib. The flourishing of the Italic hand echoes the flowing vines. After working out the illustration, I traced it on the vellum using saral paper and colored it in with gouache and patent gold. This is only my second time working on vellum. What a marvelous surface on which to write!

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