INTERVIEWS WITH ALICE:
Alice is a calligrapher, illustrator, lettering artist and stationery designer based in Hackney, East London. She’s a rather keen paper enthusiast and an ardent celebrator of all things lettering.
After graduating from Bath Spa University in 2009 with a Visual Communications degree, she started to sell her hand printed fine stationery at the legendary Broadway Market in East London (and was voted ‘London’s Coolest Stall Holder’ in 2012). Running themes throughout her career have been continually centred around crests, frescos, heraldry, and the language of protest. She now works exclusively on splendid commissions from her Dalston studio, catering to all your hand-lettering needs.
Originally a self-taught Modern Calligrapher in 2014, Alice teaches workshops across London, and started London's first Calligraphy Club, a monthly practice session for fellow letterers.
- 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, 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! They run in Shoreditch and Notting Hill, 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 that someone else has designed (while you are learning). 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 for 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 Nikko G nib, and I use Higgins Eternal Black Ink for practice, and I mix black gouache or a Japanese ink stick with water from scratch for professional work. My favourite white ink is Dr Ph Martins Bleedproof White and I recommend The Calligraphy Store 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