An Erie Artisan, Necole Witcher, explores how location shapes culture through art, research and conversation.

View Necole’s portfolio or sign up for a class or letterpress demonstration.

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Interested in medieval illumination or using a letterpress? Check here for updates or sign up for updates below. Classes held at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY.

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Compass Rose Illumination

Saturday, June 8 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Compass Rose not only showed principal directions on maps but also took part in the invention of the magnetic compass used to navigate the ocean. The variations in design fluctuated through time and place, merging utility and artistry.

In this class, students will create a compass rose based on historical and personal ideas. Using both basic and intermediate examples provided, participants will design their compass, then use a variety of media, including inks, paints and gold and silver composition leaf, to create a one of a kind artwork. This is the next step-up from Introduction to Gold Leaf and Initial Letter Illumination classes with plenty of support for your artistic ideas. Join us in a relaxed and informative atmosphere and take home your own piece of medieval inspired art.

Tools for designing and painting will be available including gold and silver composition leaf, compass drawing tools, inks, watercolor, gouache and embossing tools.  Pencils, brushes and blotting material will also be available.  The tools provided during the class project will remain the property of the instructor. Students are highly recommended to bring magnification (reading) glasses if needed.

Class Tuition $35 + $5 Supplies = $40 Total Cost

Registration is required, and seating is limited (Max. of 10 students)

To register please call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261 or visit

Rotating Classes Include: 

  • Introduction to gold leaf and illumination
  • Gold leaf compass rose or initial letter
  • Botanical borders
  • Insular (Celtic) Illumination
  • Introduction to Letterpress

Thoughts from past participants.

Necole’s classes are full of history and fun. Gold leaf is everywhere and I love my finished piece.

~Erin, Buffalo NY

I decided to take a Roycroft class and Intro. to Gold Leaf looked interesting. I enjoyed making a piece based on a 13th century Bible dedication page and had can’t wait for more classes.

~Jacob, Boston MA

Designing a Windrose
Applying gold leaf


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About Necole

Who are the Beings that shape a place and how do we interact with them? Necole explores these questions through art and action. Growing up in the woods she knows its landscape has a lot more to offer than lumber and lengthy commutes. She studies, paints and communes with many versions of Western New York trying to derive its essence. When she is not in the woods or city sketching, she’s at the Print Shop at the Roycroft Campus.

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