FELLOWS – W

Brian Walker (-)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1989

No further details available at present.

 

Madelyn Walker (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1921

No further details available at present.

 

Linda J Damon Warren ( nee Viliesid) (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1932

No further details available at present.

 

Sheila Waters (nee Salt) (1929-)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1951

Sheila Waters graduated from the Medway College of Art in Kent and the Royal College of Art in London. She developed her calligraphic skills under the tutelage of Dorothy Mahoney (assistant to the great pioneer of calligraphy, Edward Johnston). At twenty-two, Sheila was elected a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and began a career devoted to commissions for royalty, museums, libraries, collectors and publishers. A gifted teacher, Sheila shares her extensive knowledge and techniques with calligraphers the world over. She inaugurated the programme of calligraphy courses at the Smithsonian Institution and later developed her own private classes and annual workshops. The first President and founding member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, Sheila was included in the 1981 World Who's Who of Women. Her work is included in most of the important books which have been published about calligraphy.

 

Mrs Watteville (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: before 1926

No further details available at present.

 

Irene Wellington (nee Bass) (1904-1984)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1929
Studied under: E Johnston
Taught at: Edinburgh College of Art 1932-
Student(s): Ann Hechle, Ann Camp, Joan Pilsbury, Donald Jackson, Heather Child

The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Roll of Honour for the 2nd World War. Taught mainly at Central School of Arts and Crafts 1944-59. Wykehamist Roll of Honour, Borough of Lydd panel. Quartet of the Seasons.

 

Marion R Welton (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1932

No further details available at present.

 

Miss C West (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1921

No further details available at present.

 

Linda West (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1975

No further details available at present.

 

Wendy Westover (1928-2013)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1952
Studied under: William Bishop, Margaret Alexander

Brendan Bracken Memorial Book for Churchill College Cambridge, 1961, with gilding by Joan Pilsbury: Memorial to Gerald, 4th Duke of Westminster, 1969, with Prof. Sean Crampton, sculptor, and with gilding by Joan Pilsbury: Vol 11, Books of Record of the Prime Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, 1969: RNLI Memorial Book with 4 other Fellows of the SSI,(decorations only) 1973. Richard Middleton's article 'Wendy Westover: 'Abstract Artist' in The Scribe No.65 Winter 1995, a factual and reliable resume of work. Recorded life story with the National British Library Project (Interviewer Frances Cornford of the British Library) 2012 Wendy died on 31st December 2013.

 

Mary White (1926-2013)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1962
Studied under: Daisy Alcock, Vera Law, M. C. Oliver

Mary created lettering works on ceramic media and artefacts. She wanted students to use their imagination, believing that calligraphic skill alone is not enough, creativity is important to make letters 'live'. Mary taught at Welsh Grammar Schools and Swansea College of Art: also at Atlantic College, St Donats Castle, Llantwit Major from 1950 onwards. Later she moved to Germany where she focused on her lettering on ceramics. She died on 26 June 2013. An obituary will be found in a subsequent edition of "The Scribe".

 

Kathleen M White (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1922

No further details available at present.

 

David Williams (1951-2008)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1977

Joined Donald Jackson's Studio in 1974, follwing three years at Camberwell Art School. Worked with Donald and Wendy Selby to create the new Royal Charters needed in 1974 following reorganisation of county boundaries: in 12 weeks, the three completed 72 Royal Documents and mounted two exhibitions. When Donald left shortly afterwards for a teaching tour in the USA, David ran the Studio single-handed. He retained his art interests and for two years running his calligraphic compositions were exhibited at the Royal Academy. (Obituary by Donald Jackson)

 

Miss V Wilson (-)
Status: Craft member

No further details available at present.

 

Nancy Winters (-)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1972

No further details available at present.

 

Elsie Woffenden (nee Webber) (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1930

No further details available at present.

 

Dave Wood (-)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1990

No further details available at present.

 

Margaret Wood (-2005)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1977

Margaret Wood trained first as a librarian from 1967 to 1969 and gained her Associateship of the Library Association. Then as a professional calligrapher, illuminator and heraldic artist, on a full-time three year course at Reigate School of Art and Design from 1977 to 1980, where she gained a First Class Honours Diploma. In 1976 she was approved as a tutor by the Inner London Educational Authority and elected a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in 1977. She was a member of the Society of Heraldic Arts for ten years and Chairman of the Blackmore Vale Scribes for seven years. She retired from both Offices because of pressure of work.

She worked for the Crown Office in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster, initially as a librarian and then as one of the five Queen's Scribes from 1978 to 1987, producing illuminated Letters Patent creating Notaries Public, Judges, Life Peers, Heralds and Kings of Arms. She also painted heraldry for several of the Officers at the College of Arms, including John Brooke-Little (Richmond Herald), Rodney Dennys (Somerset Herald), and Sir Colin Cole (Windsor Herald and later Garter Principal King of Arms).

Margaret was a keen gardener, creating a beautiful garden at Quillion House out of rough farm land, and she was also well read and knowledgable about English literature in which she took a great delight.

She returned as a tutor and visiting lecturer at Reigate School of Art and Design, now part of East Surrey College, from 1979 to 1987. She moved to Somerset in 1987 and established an enviable reputation as one of the best tutors of the Craft in the Country. She was in much demand at Colleges of Adult Education, Community Education Centres and Universities as a resident tutor and lecturer. Her ability as a teacher was extraordinary. She was able to encourage and inspire everyone she taught, and was regarded with enormous affection by all her students and everyone who met her. She had endless patience and understanding not only with her students` work but with their problems as individuals. She was someone who all felt able to turn to and confide in. Her work was sensitive and imaginative and is much prized by everyone who owns it.

Her commissioned work included the design and execution of formal documents on vellum and paper, calligraphy, manuscript painting, gilding and heraldic design and painting. She also undertook commissions for Letters Patent, illuminated addresses and scrolls for the Armed Services, County and Municipal Boroughs and the Church. For private collectors, commissions included manuscript books, genealogical and armorial family trees and armorial library paintings.

Her commercial work involved calligraphic and heraldic design for reproduction, publishers' book jackets and titling, greetings cards, book tokens, logo designs, and graphics for television and advertising.
She was married to Anthony Wood

 

Anthony Wood (1925-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1949
Taught at: Reigate School of Art and Design -

Anthony Wood was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham in 1925. After attending art school he trained as a professional calligrapher, illuminator and heraldic artist.
For some years he painted heraldry for various Officers at the College of Arms. From 1965 to 1986 he taught the subjects at Ealing and Wimbledon Schools of Art. In 1968 he founded a full time three-year Diploma course in Calligraphy, Heraldry and Manuscript Illumination at Reigate School of Art and Design, and directed it as a Senior Lecturer until 1987. He has been responsible for the training of many scribes and heraldic artists from all over the world who subsequently have achieved eminence in their chosen profession.
He is the only artist to have been elected a Fellow of both the Heraldry Society and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators of London. He is President of the Society of Heraldic Arts and is a member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, the White Lion Society, The Russian Heraldry Society, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1999 and a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Heraldry in April 2000. He is now retired from teaching and undertakes commissioned work from all over the world. He lectures and has written numerous articles on calligraphy, manuscript illumination and heraldic art and design, was co-author of A European Armorial, and the principal contributor of the articles on the artistic aspects of heraldry in The New Dictionary of Heraldry.
His latest book, Heraldic Art and Design was published in the Autumn of 1996 (Shaw & Sons Ltd) He painted of the arms of John Brooke-Little, and contributed an essay, 'The Art of Heraldry' in the book Tribute to an Armourist published in 2000 by the Heraldry Society in London to commemorate Brooke-Little's contribution to heraldry. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1955 and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers of London, (one of the Mediaeval Craft Guilds of the City) from 1980 to '82 and from 1983 to '84.
His approach to his work has always been heavily influenced by his formal training as a calligrapher and illuminator of manuscripts. Much of the best two-dimensional heraldic art, since its beginnings in the second quarter of the twelfth century, is to be found in illuminated manuscripts, whether heraldic in character or not. Accordingly, he works mainly on calf or goatskin vellum and in gouche colours, 23 carat gold and sometimes aluminum, mainly in modern styles, using the techniques of the mediaeval illuminator of manuscripts and miniaturist.
If the work is intended for reproduction, precious metals are not used and the work is carried out on watercolour board. He is able not only to produce armorial art of the highest quality but also formal and semi-formal manuscripts from the simplest to the greatest degree of complexity. Much of this work is commissioned by clients such as the Houses of Lords, Commons and the Craft and Merchant Guilds of the City of London, and by Local Authorities, Schools and Universities. His constant aim over a professional career of over half a century has been to explore, practice and teach the ways in which calligraphy and heraldry may be combined in manuscripts as a satisfying whole.
He attended the 22nd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Ottawa as an artist delegate by invitation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in August 1996, since when he maintained a close association with both Canadian Heralds and artists. He also attended the 23rd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Turin in September 1998, where he was invited to give a paper on Heraldic Art and Design.

 

Ruth Mary Wood (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1922

No further details available at present.

 

John Woodcock (1924-2011)
Status: Fellow
Elected to Fellowship: 1950
Studied under: Irene Wellington, Dorothy Mahoney

Studied at the Royal College of Art, with Sheila Waters and Marie Angel. Chaired the AGM in November 1967.

 

Tom Wrigley (-)
Status: Craft Member
Elected to Craft Membership: 1937

No further details available at present.