Originally from Liverpool, I completed my schooling in Durban, South Africa. After leaving a career in the City of London I studied at Reigate School of Art and Design (under Jon Gibbs, Gerald Mynott and Rachel Yallop) gaining an HND with Distinction in Calligraphy, Heraldic Art and Illumination in 1997. I was thrilled to be awarded the Scriveners Company “Prize for achievement” by Donald Jackson MVO.
I am a member of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Craft Association, CLAS, SSI, The Copperplate Special Interest Group, Cinque Port Scribes, South London Lettering Association, Society for all Artists, Lingfield Scribes and Sussex Scribes. I sit on the committee of CASB (CLAS Academic Standards Board) as Diploma Skills and Certificate of Skills administrator. I was actively involved with The Edward Johnston Foundation in Ditchling, Sussex, past member of North Downs Calligraphers, Letter Exchange and Guild of Glass Engravers.
Regular exhibitions : The Garden Show in Firle, Bridge Arts in Uckfield, Lewes Craft Markets, Christmas Indulgence UCTC, Lewes Artists and Makers, Chiddingly, Bridge Cottage Christmas Fayre, Bridge Cottage "Lest we Forget" , Fuller and Scott in Uckfield and solo exhibition at Bridge Cottage.
I am a CLAS (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society) accredited tutor as well as PTTLLS (City and Guilds) qualified to teach in Adult Education. I mentor calligraphy students who wish to take part in the CLAS Certificate and Diploma of Calligraphy.
I teach traditional broad edge and pointed dip pen calligraphy in weekly group classes (known as The Weald Scribes). I also teach monthly all day workshops which cover a range of traditional skills including broad edge and pointed pen scripts, gilding, illumination, working with vellum etc.
Classes are held in Ringmer, Uckfield and Crowborough in East Sussex. All classes and workshops to be paid in full on booking. No refund offered unless the place can be sold on. See Events page for details. I give talks and demonstrations to art and WI groups and teach workshops for other calligraphy groups as well.
Workshop titles include :
Creating an Illuminated Letter on canvas/paper or vellum
"Get started!" - an introduction to calligraphy with Foundational Hand
"Moving forward" with Foundational Hand and Capitals
Pointed Pen Uncials
Broad edge Uncials
Fanciful flourished capitals
A splash of colour!
"Express Yourself! " with gestural, expressive calligraphy
"Modern" pointed pen calligraphy for beginners
Vellum for beginners - preparing, correcting and working on this marvellous substrate.
Bags, tags n' wraps!
Stack 'em high! - a workshop concentrating on using letters with no ascenders or descenders - Roman caps, uncials, pointed pen uncials, David Jones, Ben Shahn, Paul Peter Piech etc.
Double trouble! - a workshop split between playful broad edge and pointed pen scripts - Jubilee and Tina Kwerky (this can be taught over one or two sessions)
Commission something unique :
Poems, quotes, songs, words of meaning, family trees, certificates, illuminated addresses, Freedom Scrolls, Grants of Arms, corporate documents, decorated initials, honorary scrolls, christening and birthday gifts, wedding invitations, place names, envelope addressing, table plans - all in traditional and contemporary designs and scripts on paper as well as vellum. Please contact for samples and prices.
50% non refundable deposit required once commission agreed. Full payment required on completion before release of commission.