Alice is a calligrapher, illustrator and stationery designer based in Hackney, East London. I started out with a stall at Broadway Market in 2009 after graduating from Bath School of Art with a degree in Visual Communication (Graphic Design & Illustration to you and me). I sold my hand printed fine stationery, (voted 'London's Coolest Stall Holder' by Company Magazine, cue laughter) - but now I work full time from my studio in Dalston.  Originally a self-taught calligrapher but now with four years professional experience, I now teach workshops across London, sharing all the tips and tricks I've picked up along the way.  I'm lucky enough to spend all my days teaching lettering, and designing beautiful things for beautiful events and weddings. 



What is Brush Lettering or Brush Calligraphy?

Brush lettering/calligraphy is a style of hand lettering using a small brush. It can be more expressive than Modern Calligraphy, and it can be used for larger pieces such as signage or art prints. It's a little bit trickier than Modern Calligraphy, but it looks lovely! Read all about it when India and Magnus came to a class here

Are calligraphy and hand writing related?

Short answer: No. When you are writing in calligraphy, your speed is much, much slower, and you are copying a decorative alphabet. Think of it more like drawing lines and shapes rather than writing....If you have lovely hand writing, it may mean that you have the attention to detail that is required with Modern Calligraphy, so you may be at a slight advantage, but believe me, I've seen other calligraphers' hand writing, and some of it's terrible. Anyone can learn as long as you have lots and lots of patience and attention to detail.

What equipment do you use?

I switch between a straight and oblique penholder, a Principal EF or Blue Pumpkin or Zebra G nib, and I use Higgins Eternal Black Ink.