Glass dip pens are not something I’ve played around with much, but that could be set to change! I was gifted one a few years ago, but found it quite blunt to write with, although beautiful to look at, so it never became part of my regular calligraphy kit. I was encouraged to try again…

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I set myself a challenge this year to take advantage of more business development and networking opportunities. So when Invest South Tyneside announced its programme of free activities for South Tyneside Business Week 2020, I scrolled through the listings and booked up immediately. I usually avoid these sorts of things like the plague – they…

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Having played host to some rather special calligraphy exhibitions last year, the north east is off to a flying start for 2020. The Art of Handwriting is a digital exhibition exploring the changing role of handwriting between the late middle ages and the early modern period – but it currently has a physical presence at…

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Have you done the Facebook 10-year challenge? People have been posting pictures of what they looked like 10 years ago compared with now, to mark the turn of the decade. Well, around this time in 2009, my world was about to be turned upside down by the arrival of my first child, James, who is…

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It’s been another busy year for Creative Calligraphy and I’m looking forward to some down time with the family over the Christmas period before getting ready for 2020. It’s always nice to look back at this time of year, take stock, see what’s worked and what hasn’t and figure out what changes need to be…

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We have been very fortunate to have some amazing calligraphy exhibitions in the north east this year. In March, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society’s 25th anniversary exhibition, A Way With Words, arrived in Sunderland as part of a national tour. And in May, Newcastle’s City Library played host to a pop-up exhibition as part…

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – all of the calligraphy goodies! If you’re looking to buy something for the calligraphy fan in your life, or you’re a calligraphy nut who wants to drop Santa a few hints, here are some dreamy items to get you started! Diamine Ink…

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I’m hardly known for my rebellious streak, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be inspired by those who have broken the rules to affect change. And there’s plenty to be inspired by when it comes to the Rebel Women of Sunderland. Inspired by the popular children’s books, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, the project shines…

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Working on Joe Jasperse’s astonishingly romantic proposal to his long-term girlfriend was one of my highlights of 2018. So, when their wedding rolled around, I was equally proud and honoured to have my calligraphy feature in their love story once again. This time, the request came from Joe’s sister, Liz, all the way from Michigan,…

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The Customs House in South Shields prides itself on being at the heart of the community it has served for 25 years – but now it’s getting its moment in the spotlight. A spectacular light and sound performance will showcase the building’s illustrious heritage and contribution to the arts in a special outdoor event taking…

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