Biography

Awarded an MBE for services to heritage crafts and calligraphyphoto

Positions held

 

  • Calligraphy TodayWrote the Crafts National Occupation Standards with the Qualifications Officer for the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Council
  • Represented Heritage Crafts on the Craft Industry Board
  • Represented Heritage Crafts on the Advisory Committee for the Craft Skills Awards, and one of the short-list judges
  • Represented Heritage Crafts on the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Advisory Committee on Craft which developed the Craft Blueprint
  • Success Story Case Study on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website Craftworks
  • Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society
  • Former Chair of CLAS, and Chair of the CLAS Academic Standards Board for 15 years during which time many of the educational initiatives were developed and improved

Exhibitions

  • Calligraphy Today exhibitionCo-curator of ‘Calligraphy Today’, the exhibition for the Collection of Contemporary Calligraphy and Lettering at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The exhibition was extended twice due to popular demand. Wrote the introduction to the catalogue and developed the associated education programme
  • Genius of IlluminationProvided the tools and materials and wrote the captions for the ‘How Manuscripts were Made’ introductory section of the ‘Genius of Illumination’ exhibition at the British Library
  • One of only three living scribes to have their work exhibited in the opening exhibition at the British Library at St Pancras
  • Exhibited calligraphic artworks widely in the UK and abroad in many juried exhibitions

Media – tv, film, radio and press

Calligraphy tools and materials

  • calligraphy padDeveloped, designed the covers and wrote the introductory calligraphy guides in the Calligraphy Layout Pad and Calligraphy Cartridge Pad for Roberson and Manuscript
  • GouacheDeveloped and selected the paints and wrote the introductory leaflet for Schmincke Calligraphy Gouache
  • Gilding setDeveloped and wrote the guide to the Introductory Gilding Set for L Cornelissen and Son
  • Designed Dutching tools for curing quills sold at Cornelissen
  • Wrote the Introduction to Calligraphy booklet for Manuscript Pens
  • Wrote the text, introduction to calligraphy, exemplar letters and provided the artwork for the ‘About Calligraphy‘ pages on the Manuscript Pens Website
  • Have advised Osmiroid/Berol, the Parker Pen company and Manuscript Pens on their tools and materials

Major commissions

  • The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children (Books of Ben Jonson's poemRemembrance) see image below:
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery (Book of Honour)
  • The British Library
  • Parker Pens
  • The BAFTAs
  • HSBC Bank
  • Zurich
  • Waterman pens
  • Sky TV
  • The Courtauld Institute
  • The Royal Artillery Company
  • Brentwood Borough Council
  • Many private individuals, companies and businesses

Workshops and lectures