Explore the meandering history of the ampersand with Myrna Rosen. We’ll learn a variety of ampersands from many eras by tracing, drawing, painting, and lettering many unique styles. Create a variety of ampersands that we will adhered or collaged on to a square wooden cradle board suitable for hanging in your home or giving as a holiday gift. (Who doesn’t love ampersands?) Members with broad-edge or pointed pen experience will discover a plethora of ampersands which can be incorporated into future lettering projects.
The ampersand can be traced back to the 1st century A.D. and the Old Roman cursive, in which the letters E and T occasionally were written together to form a ligature. In the later and more flowing New Roman Cursive, ligatures of all kinds were extremely common. During the later development of the Latin script leading up to Carolingian minuscule (9th century) the use of ligatures in general diminished. The et-ligature, however, continued to be used and gradually became more stylized and less revealing of its origin.
“A goes to the head of the class — ampersand at the tail. Children began A per se, A “Apersie” from that came the common ampersand. It has 3 basic forms and more variations than any single letter. The oldest ampersand was designed by Cicero’s secretary shaped like a -7, the true abbreviation. The other 2 more monograms are based on the union of E and T. Both letters retain their own characteristics and are bound together, most commonly used today. Almost every modern typeface today includes an ampersand at the end. The Ampersands seen (there are 100s of them). Enjoy — play with them — design your own.” —Myrna Rosen
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 203, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Corner of Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street on Carnegie Mellon’s campus)
Carnegie Mellon University campus map and parking info
Fees: $35, Guild member; $50, non-member
Supply fee: $5.00
Registration/payment deadline: Friday, November 22, 2019.
Refunds will be given only if you cancel BEFORE the registration deadline.
Confirmation of registration payment and listing of tools and supplies will be sent to paid registrants.