Ok – this post comes with a disclaimer that my job spoils me. Over at west elm London, we host all sorts of workshops and classes; from terrarium workshops to photography to DIY. Well over a year ago I met the lovely Lucy from Quill London (if you’re as obsessed with stationery as I am, you MUST check them out!) and we decided to kick off a series of modern calligraphy classes together at west elm. Call it the Pinterest effect but it would appear that EVERYONE wants to learn calligraphy – the classes continue to sell like hot cakes!
Back in November I finally got the chance to take part in a class. My regular handwriting isn’t great – actually it’s pretty dire and has barely changed since I was a teenager (though thankfully I have finally ditched the love hearts on my ‘i’s…well sometimes anyway), so I knew from the get go that I wasn’t going to be a natural. The class was led by the ridiculously talented Immie Owen who immediately makes you feel totally chilled out – an essential quality if you want to avoid shaky hand syndrome when your pen hits paper!
The trickiest part of modern calligraphy is knowing when to put weight down on the pen and went to lighten it. Your head is telling your hand to write like normal but to achieve the look, you need to have a lot more control than that. It was one of the best brain workouts I’ve done for a while! It was so much harder than I’d anticipated but just about managed to nail my own name. I got to take the kit home so will be booking some nights in to practice more. Bring it on.
Thanks to Lucy and Immie for your patience and guidance!