AUGUST ZOOM LECTURE by Alison Woolley – Recording now available for our members. Log in and go to Education > Gilders on Zoom, or click here
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Alison is a master artisan recognized by the region of Tuscany. She discovered a passion for art when very young and was fortunate to be able to train through art college in Toronto, then through apprenticeship in the disappearing ‘botteghe’ (small artisan workshops ) in Florence, Italy.
She has become a specialist in the decoration of harpsichords using techniques of hand painting and gilding, and this type of decorative work has inspired the production of her own line of hand painted scarves. She works and teaches traditional media in her studio in Florence.
To read about more of our previous Zoom Talks and on-line classes, scroll down.
On-line class on Verre Églomisé with Marybeth Ting. Click for details.
B. Corey Johnson- May 7, 2021 3PM EST- Recording Available
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B. Corey Johnson is a South Florida artist specializing in gold and metal leaf with chemical oxidation techniques. He has been honing his skills as a gilder over the last 20 years in the picture framing industry as well as through multiple restoration projects, and has been using those skills to create his own unique art medium.
In this session Corey discusses not only the process by which he creates his artwork but also the philosophy behind why he creates them. He offered a live demonstration of a few chemical patinas and shared some finished pieces and works in progress. Think of it less like a lecture and more like hanging out with the artist. Grab a drink, stay a while.
Barbara Wolff – February 12, 2021 – recording available
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Burnished gold, together with glowing jewel-like miniatures, defines illumination. The dictionary tells us that illumination means to “endow with brilliance and adorn with burnished gold and brilliant colors.” New York artist Barbara Wolff, one of today’s foremost manuscripts illuminators, has exhibited at the Yeshiva University Museum, The Israel Museum, and most recently at the Morgan Library and Museum. She has produced several critically acclaimed films on the technique of manuscript illumination and is known for her contemporary use of the artists’ techniques of the great illuminated Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. In this presentation, Barbara demonstrates how she employs ancient methods and materials to create contemporary manuscripts. She covers gilding techniques, the uses of vellum, and application of historical and modern pigments.
PREVIOUS CLASS: Glass Gilding: Metal Leaf Series with Marybeth Ting
A guide to gilding with metal leaf such as composition gold, copper, bronze, aluminum, and a variety of variegated leaf in both water and oil size. Different methods and a combination of techniques will be applied through multiple projects. Life Time Access to Workshop Videos ♦ watch on your own schedule.
Some Previous Zoom Talks are described below.
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Yolande Milan Batteau of Callidus Guild – Friday, December 11th @ 3pm EST
Callidus Guild is the vision of principal artist Yolande Milan Batteau, a trained and exhibited fine artist who brings decades of aesthetic and decorative skills to the studio. Batteau has honed her knowledge and physical mastery of hundreds of ancient materials and methods over the last 25 years, drawing inspiration from natural phenomena and artistic anthropologies alike. Batteau’s surfaces involve pushing marble dust, encaustic, resin, leaf and micaceous powders beyond their historical limits. Callidus Guild conceives, designs and installs surfaces and wallpapers for some of the world’s most illustrious clients, including Chanel, Tiffany & Co and Graff Diamonds.
Previous Class: Basics of Verre Églomisé – An Online Workshop with Marybeth Ting –
This class covers the basic steps of reverse painting and gilding on glass. The use of different types of leaf, along with decorative paint finishes and techniques will be explored. Students will complete a provided design, and a freehand original. Both beginners and students with some experience are welcome. Students may proceed through each unit at their own pace.
Golden Paint, Friday November 13 at 3PM EST
Who doesn’t use at least one Golden product? A team from this maker of premier paints, mediums, and other art materials spoke with us about the history of the company, their production process, the products they make that are relevant to gilders, such as acrylic paints on real and imitation leaf, mica pigments, and crackle paste. They provided links to some of the products discussed
Bill Adair – Friday October 9, 2020, 3 PM EST
William (Bill) Adair is a frame conservator, frame historian, and master gilder. In this very unusual talk, Bill Adair takes us on a spiritual journey involving water-gilded doors. He is creating water-gilded doors, with each one being set in a special, often historic location, around the world. People are invited to write their thoughts about the door, doorways, reminiscences, and so on, leaving a unique, meaningful tribute to the time and place. He will be telling stories about the evolving role of the doors in people’s lives. Bill then takes us through his studio, and shows his incredible collection of frames from ancient times to modern. Bill was the first President of the Society of Gilders, and he discusses that along with viewers Peter Sepp and Larry Neuberg.
Manetti Gold Leaf – Friday September 11, 2020, 3 PM EST
Giusto Manetti Battiloro is one of the world’s leading producers of gold leaf, with a history spanning over 400 years. Join us for a view behind the scenes at the company HQ in Florence, Italy.
August 14, 2020 at 3PM EST – Lynne Rutter – Lynne will showed us her studio and talked about how she became a decorative artist, and how she and finds inspiration and technical confidence for her artwork. Link to the recording is now available. Log in and go to “Education”>”Gilders on Zoom” to get the link to the recorded talk.
Lynne Rutter is an artist and muralist based in San Francisco whose work spans three decades of experience and emphasizes site-specific design and authentic materials and techniques. Gilding has long played an important role in Lynne’s practice whether in restoration, ornamentation, or her large scale paintings. You can see more of her work on her blog The Ornamentalist . Lynne will show us her studio and talk about her business, and how she and finds inspiration and technical confidence for her artwork.
July 10, 2020 3PM – Pierre Finklestein
Pierre gave a fascinating talk, including focusing on gilding from a decorative artist’s perspective, and showing many examples of his incredible trompe l’oeil work. He also offered a code for a 15% discount at fauxbrushes.com, to SOG members only, good until July 25. Log in and go to “Education”>”Gilders on Zoom” to get the code and the link to the recorded talk.
A Personal Message to all of my Gilders:
I am sure you are already inundated with messages from your bank, physicians, local government, stores, and everyone else, so here’s another one. I hope this finds you all well and safe. My heart goes out to all of you, especially those who I know are already struggling with serious illness. It is scary not to know the future; the suspense is really getting to me. If you need to talk about things, send an email to email@example.com with your phone number, and I’ll call you. I also recommend meditation, yoga, the app “Insight Timer”, and making stuff.
We are in an unexpected situation. I know that as artists, many of you are resistant to following the crowd and insist on doing your own thing. However, in this case, what you do can affect all of us for the worse, so even if it is spiritual anathema to you, please do what your local government advises, and just deal with it later.
The Society of Gilders, not having a physical central location, is operating as usual as I write this. We are accepting new members, renewals, updating the website, and planning for future conferences. If you have general questions, you can still contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) , or 888-991-7676. If you have gilding questions, we will pass those on to the appropriate person. Let’s use this time to create what we can, explore new artistic forms, and be kind to those around us – they are just as worried, maybe more than you, even if they don’t show it. And of course, we welcome stories on “How I spent my Corona Virus Isolation” for the next Gilders Tip issue!
All my love and prayers,
As we embark on this new decade, many “golden” educational opportunities await our members. The Society of Gilder’s very own, Peter Miller, will be offering his 2nd gilding class of 2020:
Water Gilding Workshop: From glue to gilding and everything in between
A successful conference was held in 2019. Click the image to see class and lectures offered. Stay tuned for the next conference, in 2021. Regional and individual classes will be offered in the meantime. Contact the education chair for more information.
Past Regional classes offered by Society of Gilders teachers:
- Water Gilding on Panel taught by Jill London at Easy Leaf in Los Angeles
- Gold Leaf Techniques taught by Anne McDonald in partnership with Better Letters at Dongbai International Airbrush School and the Society’s own Museum of the Gilding Arts in Pontiac, IL
- Gilding for Painters taught by Lynne Rutter out of her studio in San Francisco
- Water Gilding taught by Peter Miller out of his studio in Berryville, Virginia
- Glass Gilded Signage (Verre Églomisé) taught by Sandra Spannan out of her studio in Harlem, and by Leah Beth Fishman out of Easy Leaf in Los Angeles
Stay up to date on upcoming classes here and by email. Private classes may be arranged: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back to a successful 2017 conference in
Images from Arlington, TX. From top: Bruno Toupry, SOG réparure instructor, and student, John Felton, at work; Michael Gilbert’s toning and patinas class; verre églomisé instructor Sandra Spannan demonstrates painting techniques; Drawing instructor Aline Putot shows off her edge-gilded books made in Samuel Feinstein’s class; Michael Gilbert and Elisabeth Caron share a laugh; SOG treasurer Jorge Jiminez, shown with Stuart Galloway, beside one of the products of our Community Project – a gilded altar for a non-denominational University of Texas, Arlington, hospital chapel.
Welcome to the Society of Gilders official website
The Society of Gilders is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the art and craft of gilding. Our mission is to preserve traditional gilding skills and techniques, and to promote the highest standards in the practice of gilding.
Our members use gilding in all its applications, including architecture, fine art, framing, signage, and manuscript illumination. The organization is a valuable resource for gilders, restorers, conservators, craftsmen, and all those interested in the gilding arts. Our classes and conferences bring gilders together from around the globe to learn, discuss and share. Our community projects give back to the community while fostering gilding skills.
Society of Gilders Members Get Their Kicks in Pontiac, IL, at the grand opening of the Museum of the Gilding Arts, 2015
Museum of the Gilding Arts Featured in the Bloomington Pantograph and a travel site