First six months in business

Angela Reed

A FORMER boss once told me it takes six months to settle into a new job. Well, today marks my half-anniversary of being a businesswoman, sole trader, mumpreneur – whatever you want to call it! It’s been a steep learning curve and I’ve being taken out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion,…

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Palace Green Library: Bound to Last

St Cuthbert's Gospel

IN search of inspiration for my calligraphy class project, I headed to Palace Green Library in Durham to see Bound to Last: Book Binding from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day. It was my first visit to the library, part of Durham University, and I doubt it will be the last. I might even…

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Calligraphy at NCBF Gala Day

NCBF leaflet

I’VE been an avid reader since I was little and I still adore children’s books. Stories like The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Very Hungry Caterpillar still hold their appeal for me. Fortunately, my children have followed suit and we love hitting the library in search of new books – or to borrow…

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Enjoying calligraphy in the classroom

ridgeway 13

“Calligraphy – it’s weird, but good.” That was the verdict of one girl during the first calligraphy workshop I’ve held at a school. I spent a day in the classroom at Ridgeway Primary Academy in South Shields. I was asked by the deputy headteacher to come in and work with the children after writing some…

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School goes Calli-creative with Manuscript

child writing

This week’s blog is a guest post from Manuscript Pen Company about our school workshop partnership. We are very happy to support the work of Creative Calligraphy! A school calligraphy workshop will take place later this month, involving children from Ridgeway Primary Academy in South Shields. They will be introduced to the beautiful art of calligraphy using…

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Manuscript signs up to help budding calligraphers

manuscript pens

I’ve been using Manuscript pens for as long as I’ve been doing calligraphy, so I’m delighted to welcome them on board a new Creative Calligraphy project. I’m running my first school calligraphy workshop later this month, working with children from Ridgeway Primary Academy in South Shields. I first got in touch with Manuscript via Twitter,…

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bede work business

NEXT time you’re rattling along on the Metro in South Tyneside, look up from your book or your phone when you stop at Bede – it’ll be worth it! The platforms at the station, tucked away in the middle of an industrial estate in Jarrow, have been given a burst of colour with the introduction of 10…

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Practice makes perfect

course 1

ANY class that starts with the words ‘wine glasses’ is always going to be a winner with me. Worryingly, the wine glasses I was drawing as part of my introduction to the Gothicized Italic – or Pointed Gothic – script were rather large! I’ve joined a calligraphy course led by Susan Moor, chairman of the…

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Wedding Calligraphy

branding writing

This is a guest blog I did for wedding blog Tyne the Knot last month when the theme was “all in the details”.   The time has come to send out the wedding invitations and let everyone know the plans for your big day. You may have already sent out Save the Date cards, but more often…

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Green light for Metro art

metro 7

I haven’t wanted to say anything about this until now, in case I jinxed it, but my calligraphy is going to form part of a fantastic new art installation at Bede Metro station in Jarrow! I was asked by artist Mark Gibson to get involved after a chance meeting in the reception of Bede’s World,…

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