Calligraphy was previously a dying art, suffering to stay afloat in a world of printing presses and mass-produced books. However, as with everything, the old became new again and calligraphy has had a make-over.
With different calligraphers adding their own twists, modern calligraphy has developed in leap and bounds since the launch of various social media sites, such as Instagram and also the invention of new technology, like the iPad, which now makes it easy for calligraphers to upload their work online and share it with the world.
In the modern world, a typeface or a font is crucial to a brand. The style that words are written in can speak a thousand words and it is becoming increasingly popular for all sorts of companies to develop their own signature font.
Calligraphers, therefore, recently, have found themselves in a very in-demand position as the art of scrolling letters has seen itself have an uprise.
Our calligraphers are not only teachers but they work with brands, they work on private commissions and some of them have even developed their one form of the art and taken to altering the traditional style to reflect their own personal style.
If you are looking for someone to create something completely special for your event, wedding or publication then calligraphers are a great place to start.
Often they come hand in hand with artistry and always style, they are not only purely talented, but also a delight to work with. We'd recommend any of our calligraphy teachers to our family and friends to help make their events, extra special.
The Best Calligraphers in London are:
- Katie of London Calligraphy
- Helene Thion of Smitten With Ink
- Alice Gabb
- Asha of Babooche Calligraphy
- Eleanor of Creating Eleanor
- Aisling from Aislings Studio
- Michela of The Dandelion Art
- Judy Broad Calligraphy
- Rie of the School of Shodo Calligraphy
- Megan of Megan Riera lettering
1.Katie of London Calligraphy
Katie is a self-taught calligrapher whose life has completely changed since calligraphy came into it. Katie started off with friends commissions, but eventually, she grew.
Working with brands such as Radley, John Lewis, and even the Royal Family. Katie is now teaching large classes regularly and lives and breathes her calligraphy brand, London Calligraphy.
2. Helene Thion of Smitten With Ink
Self-taught mum and calligrapher, London-based Helene takes on small-scale commissions as a side project to her teaching and career as a mother.
Helene gathers inspiration for Smitten with Ink from nature and likes to work with neutral colour schemes. Even her classes are taught in a park facing studio with breath-taking views.
3. Alice Gabb
Working from her studio based in East London, Alice Gabb is a talented modern calligrapher and illustrator.
With a passion for creating fancy designs, mixed with a desire to pass on her skills and knowledge to others, Alice offers bespoke designs in everything from wedding place-cards to most recently, Alice designed the window for the Sloan square Jo Malone store and their brand new window display.
4. Asha of Babooche Calligraphy
Asha specialises in custom calligraphy, illustration and stationery for weddings, special events and small businesses. She is inspired by the sea and nature and her motto is “lovingly handmade, simple, natural and timeless”. Growing up by the sea and surrounded by British countryside, Asha's aim is to bring a sense of fresh air and calmness for her students and clients.
When she's not busy teaching or in the studio working on orders and creating new pieces with her beautiful tools, Asha loves to travel and explore the world and learn about different cultures and people.
5. Eleanor of Creating Eleanor
Originally trained in precious metal design and painting, Eleanor has worked and studied as an artist and designer in the UK and South Korea for over a decade. Now based across her studios in South East London and Yorkshire, she works as a lettering artist, illustrator and creative workshop teacher.
Whether you are looking to learn a new creative skill for your own project, students are encouraged to express their individual artistic flare in a fun and light-hearted environment while sipping on a few cocktails.
6. Aisling from Aislings Studio
Aisling discovered her love of modern calligraphy in 2016 and after countless hours of practice she opened her own Etsy shop to sell her modern calligraphy and watercolour illustrations.
Since then, Aisling has started teaching calligraphy in her 'Wine and Modern Calligraphy' workshops in partnership with Humble Grape. The workshop offers a relaxed, welcoming environment which is suitable for complete beginners.
7. Michela of The Dandelion Art
Always looking for the next technique to learn, Michela is the mind and heart behind The Dandelion Art. Born and raised in Rome, she picked up the paintbrush on the very first day at the nursery at age 3 and never abandoned it since then.
Michela specialises in teaching brush calligraphy, and as well as using her imagination and skills to create artworks, she is an event manager for a start up in London.
8. Judy Broad Calligraphy
Judy is recognised as one of the leading modern calligraphers across London and the south east of England, providing her creative services and teaching to a diverse range of both private and corporate clients, and her students.
Judy is an experienced teacher, having introduced modern calligraphy to hundreds of students through her workshop programme. There are workshops for both the beginner and for those with calligraphy experience.
9. Rie of the School of Shodo Calligraphy
Rie specialises in Japanese Shodo calligraphy, and started her own school around dedicated to teaching this ancient and fine art. Shodo is one of the oldest and most profound traditional art forms in Japan, developed and appreciated since the 5th century.
In her workshops, the participants can learn to focus on bringing the balance of mind and body together as well as one's individual mindfulness process by special designed practices.
10. Megan of Megan Riera lettering
Megan's background is originally in design for moving image where she has worked designing and illustrating for TV, film and animation. More recently, Megan found herself being drawn to calligraphy, dreaming of inks and nibs constantly.
Having taught 100s of students whilst previously working for Quill London, and running workshops for businesses such as Boden and The White Company, Megan now teaches the art of modern calligraphy in Clapham and Surrey.
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