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Learning More About the Parchment Craft Guild

October 29, 2008

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I had heard about the Parchment Craft Guild not too long ago, which shouldn’t be surprising as I was out of the Parchment crafting loop for a number of years. I thought it would be a good idea to give other Parchment enthusiasts, both new and emerging, some good background information about the Guild. Lyn Selby, the Public Relations contact for the Guild, along with the other board members, graciously answered a few questions for me, so that I can share them with you.

Q: How/why was the Guild formed, and how long has the Guild been in existence?

PCGuild: The Guild was formed in 1996, by a group of enthusiasts, to fulfill it’s aims of
1. Maintaining high standards in Parchment craft and
2. Encouraging wider public interest, through appropriate publicity.

Q: What are the benefits of belonging to the Guild?

PCGuild: The benefits of belonging to the Guild are:
1-Receiving a quarterly newsletter, to keep abreast of current activities in the ‘parchment world’.
2-Having the possibility of achieving a sense of personal achievement, through  the successful completion of the exams.
There are four levels commencing with Affiliate, then Associate, Graduate and finally Fellows.
3-Some retailers offer Guild members a discount.

Q: There are a lot of different techniques used in parchment craft, does the Guild encourage the parchment craft community to develop additional techniques? How important is it for future members of the Guild to know these techniques?

PCGuild: Individual members of the Guild, particularly those teaching, promote, encourage and disseminate the new techniques and developments.
The exam papers themselves concentrate on traditional techniques, and are divided into 3 parts,White work(embossing), Lacework, and Colouring techniques.

Q: Is there anything in particular you would like people considering joining the Guild to know, that they may not know from your website?

PCGuild: We would encourage anyone with an interest in, and love of the craft to join the Guild as an ordinary member. The standards of the exams are , as you would expect from Aim 1, high. Therefore I would advise anyone thinking of doing the exams, to achieve a high standard in the basic techniques, before submitting their work.

I must admit, I had no idea the Guild has been around for so long, and the with the amount of enthusiasm and the striving for excellence, I believe the Guild will be around for a very long time.

Do check their website for more information. If you are considering becoming a member, and are living abroad (outside the UK), please do contact Lyn, lynselbyprgulidathotmaildotcodotuk, (change the “at” and “dot” to the appropriate symbol)  for further information.

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