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NEWS / Our Modern Calligraphy Festival

We're excited to announce our first ever Modern Calligraphy Festival at Quill this October, featuring a special programme of events to inspire enthusiasts of all levels, as well as London’s first modern calligraphy exhibition. 

October's events programme includes guest workshops hosted by the wonderful Betty Soldi from Italy, an ombré calligraphy workshop sponsored by Tombow, you'll be able to make your own monogram wax seal, and lots more. Don't forget to book in for our first Coloured Inks ‘Lab’ too!

Plus, enjoy £20 off if you book three workshops through the month of October. (exc. Coloured Inks Lab).  Simply use the code FESTIVAL at the checkout.

Read on for all the ways you can get involved...


See our full festival workshop line-up here.

Modern Calligraphy Exhibition

We've curated London's first modern calligraphy exhibition which includes inspirational pieces of work from some of our favourite calligraphers across the globe including Maybelle Imasa, Lisa Mavian, Veronica Halim, Betty Soldi and more.  No need to book - just pop in!  

1st - 28th October


Drop-in Tasters (All levels)

Drop-in anytime between 2pm and 4pm for free 15 minute taster class with Lucy. If you're a beginner we'll talk you through the materials, get you started and you can have a go. Improvers feel free to drop in for some help with any tricky letters or joins.

Free and no need to book.

Saturday 6th October at 2pm


Coloured Inks Lab (All levels)

Come to our Coloured Inks Lab, a fun opportunity to make a custom modern calligraphy ink colour of your own.   

Saturday 20th October at 2pm


Make a Monogram & Bespoke Wax Seal (Improvers)

Perfect your capital letter forms and create your own monogram which will be etched onto a Stamptitude wax seal so you have a lifelong-lasting creation of your own design. 

Sunday 14th October at 10:30am


Ombré Calligraphy (Beginners)

Learn brush lettering withTombow pens, including how to create an ombré lettering affect. Sponsored by Tombow.

Wednesday 24th October at 6:30pm


Calligraphy & Embroidery Workshop (Improvers)

Join us for a special workshop where you'll learn how to combining the art of modern calligraphy with embroidery! We are still preparing the final details and not quite right ready for it to be bookable yet but please do get in touch with us to register your interest and as soon as it goes live we'll be in touch with you straightaway.

Sunday 14th October at 2pm


Inkspired with Betty Soldi (All levels)

We are thrilled to be hosting the wonderful Betty Soldi with this special workshop. Betty will inspire you to let loose with ink and paper and learn her gorgeous and whimsical lettering style.

Sunday 21st October at 10:30am and 2pm


Betty Soldi Book Signing

We're delighted to welcome Betty Soldi to our shop where you can meet her and pick up a copy of her wonderful book 'Inkspired' in which she encourages you to reconnect with handwriting and discover the calming, creative joy of calligraphy! 

Saturday 20th October at 1pm


Beginners Modern Calligraphy

Our most popular workshop! Learn how to write beautifully using ink and nib, unlock your creativity and explore how to put a modern twist on the classic artform of calligraphy. 

Various dates available


Turn your Calligraphy into a Business (Improvers)

Learn everything you need to turn a profit from your calligraphy skills in this practical workshop with Lucy.

Saturday 6th October at 10am


Full Day Modern Calligraphy Workshop (Beginners)

Designed for complete beginners this intensive session is a jam-packed day of fun and creativity. To celebrate and finish our exhibition, you'll also have the opportunity to make your own coloured ink in our Coloured Inks Lab too. 

Sunday 28th October at 10am


October practice evening (All levels)

Join us for our monthly practice night where you'll get a chance to practice and improve your skills in the company of other lovely calligraphy enthusiasts over a glass of wine. 

Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm




Here each month we're giving you a topic to focus your calligraphy practice on.  We find it hard to think of words to write when we're practising - we have a total brain block!  


This month's theme is 'FESTIVAL'. It can be anything from a favourite festival that you've been to, or your go-to choice or attire, or just the first thing you think of - for us, it's muddy boots!  Don't forget to post your practice on Instagram or Facebook and remember to tag us so we can share our favourites from this month's project! 


Happy practising!