Keeping in touch during a global pandemic

How have you been keeping in touch with people over the last year? Phone calls? Video conferencing? E-mails? Letters? I’ve been putting pen to paper on a number of projects in the last 12 months, each one designed to spark joy via snail mail. It started with an envelope exchange via The European Pointed Pen…

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Lindisfarne Gospels to go on display in the north east

lindisfarne gospels

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums has announced that The Lindisfarne Gospels will go on display at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle in 2022. The most spectacular surviving manuscript from Anglo-Saxon England will arrive on loan from the British Library. There will be a supporting exhibition at neighbouring Newcastle City Library, with the aim…

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Calligrabuddies: Meet Joanne Taylor Calligraphy

Joanne Taylor Calligraphy

This year, I want to keep up the good work I started last year developing my own calligraphy skills. It’s about the only resolution* I’ve made! So when the European Pointed Pen Collective (EPPC) gave members the opportunity to pair up with a calligrabuddy in 2021, I jumped at the chance – and was delighted…

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Creative Calligraphy: Review of the Year 2020

2020 goals

It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a year like no other. Covid-19 sent the world into a tailspin, with the UK Government imposing a national lockdown in March in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. Restrictions eased over the summer and schools returned as normal in September, but a second…

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Winter Wellness Art at The Shipley Art Gallery

Winter Wellness Art

The winter chill is setting in and cosy nights are upon us. The festive season is in full swing, but if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready after a strange year, The Shipley Art Gallery has just the thing. Five artists, including myself, have once again being brought…

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Christmas Calligraphy Gift Guide 2020

calligraphy tools paper

I’ve submitted my Christmas wish list to Santa (or in my case, the husband) and as you can imagine, there are a few calligraphy-related requests in there. While 2002 has been a strange year, to say the least, calligraphy businesses and suppliers have been pulling out all the stops to launch new products or tweak…

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Brushing up on my own calligraphy skills

Pointed Pen Uncials

During lockdown, I’ve been turning my business back into a hobby. I’ve learned two new calligraphy scripts in the last month – Italian Hand with Heather Held and Pointed Pen Uncial with Joy Daniels. Both were via Zoom and if it wasn’t for the fact that Covid-19 has forced a lot of calligraphy workshops online,…

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Celebrating calligrapher Brian G. Walker

Walker's Copperplate Ink

I have recently discovered the magic of Walker’s Copperplate Ink – and the man behind it. The late Brian Walker was an experienced penman of many years standing and his daughters are keeping his memory alive with a new website dedicated to his work. He originally made Walker’s Copperplate Ink, based on a nineteenth century…

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Autumn Art at the Shipley Art Gallery

autumn art booklets

Autumn has officially arrived, with Halloween and Bonfire Night already behind us. The clocks have gone back – and with England in a second national lockdown, there’s never been a better time to snuggle up and indulge your creativity. Creating Autumn Art I’m delighted to be one of the artists involved in the creation of…

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Returning to workshops in the ‘new normal’

new workshop normal

Almost six months after lockdown started, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Navigating a business through the coronavirus crisis has been tricky to say the least – and at times I’ve been tempted to throw in the towel. Commissions with gorgeous stories behind them (I can never resist them) and funding boosts…

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