I have been a calligraphist and illuminator in Quebec City
since 2005. During my youth I had the luxury of learning to write with a pen and a pen holder. I practice calligraphy during many years at school and also on a purely private basis. I already liked writing and transcribing recipes and historical chapters of my native area of Poitou; these were my favorite activities during my school vacation. My participation in calligraphy and illumination
training in Poitiers and Montmorillon gave me the feeling of being with an old friend again.
I enjoy manuscripts, especially when they are hand illustrated and more so if handwritten. What a thrill it is to be able to enhance a text and illustrations ! In spite of the books being of wonderful interest, I am not truying to give you a lesson in history as remarkable authors have already done so in the past.
The monks, the Moniales nuns and laymen of the middle Ages used products such as pigments and parchments (animal skins prepared for the writings) accessible around the monastery and sometimes requiring long-lasting voyages. Having other alternatives, they were satisfied with these materials which gave extraordinary results. I am pleased to continue my activity using powder pigments, medium with egg, 24 carat gold sheets, 24 carat mineral gold powder and also using goat, calf, lamb and also vellum parchments.
At times, in order to achieve an aesthetic result, we use different paper such as paper “elephant skin paper”, hand crafted paper imitating parchment among others. I have the advantage of choosing various pigment and paper whereas ; the copyists did not have that choice. What is important to me is being able to share with you all, my love of writing and illustrating.