INTERVIEWS WITH ALICE:
Alice is a calligrapher, illustrator and stationery designer based in Hackney, East London. She’s an ardent celebrator of all things that are different and make a difference.
After graduating from Bath Spa University in 2009 with a Visual Communications degree, she started to sell her hand printed fine stationery at Broadway Market (and was voted ‘London’s Coolest Stall Holder’ by Company magazine, don’t you know.) Although she now works exclusively on commissions from her Dalston studio, nothing has really changed – she still loves the character and charm of both paper and people.
Originally a self-taught calligrapher since 2014, Alice now teaches workshops across London, sharing all the tips and tricks she’s picked up along the way. .
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
Do you run intermediate classes?
Yes! I run Practice Makes Perfect Calligraphy Club once a month. I generally think that every intermediate will be at a different level and have different goals and reasons for learning, so I thought I would instead run a new kind of event, where you could improve and chat to other stationery addicts at the same time! It's an evening class, super informal with a cocktail upon arrival, and anyone who has done a class can come and practice, and I'll be there to help iron any issues out. As long as you have attended a class before, or you have done lots of practice and understand the basics, you are welcome! It's in the back of a vintage crockery shop in East London, come and join me and get better at calligraphy! I also run private lessons for intermediates if that floats your boat more...
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 from Haarkon 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 Zebra G, Nikko G, Principal EF or Blue Pumpkin, and I use Higgins Eternal Black Ink. My favourite white ink is Dr Ph Martins Bleedproof White and I recommend Oh Wonder Calligraphy for coloured inks. I use Daler Rowney A4 Layout Paper for practicing.
What classes do you teach?
MODERN CALLIGRAPHY FOR THE NEW & CURIOUS - Beginners modern calligraphy class
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT CALLIGRAPHY CLUB - Monthly guided practice session for modern calligraphy intermediates
BRUSH LETTERING FOR THE NEW & CURIOUS - Beginners brush lettering