Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a Modern Calligraphy class with my colleagues, on a work social. It was a truly unique experience that I would love to share with you, my Steemian friends.
The workshop is situated in East London. We got off the tube at Hackney Wick Station. To being too familiar with that part of London, it was pretty cool to see the diverse graffiti artworks scattered throughout the street. A very different view of this great city than the one I'm used to.
The venue is quite spacious, exhibiting parts of its original brick wall. Simple, yet so effective. Our host, Alice, has been a stationery designer and modern calligrapher for nearly ten years now. Because of her distinctive and unique talents, she runs a successful workshop where she shares all her tips and tricks.
I was a little nervous at first as I had, up until that day, no previous experience in calligraphy . But Alice turned out to be a brilliant teacher, being both very knowledgeable and engaging with us all. She made me feel very comfortable and initially went through the basics with very clear guidelines and examples. Everyone in the class was very well looked after by her, despite the fact that we were a pretty big group of 20 people.
All the essential materials were provided. A beautiful starter kit was stylishly set out before us. Perfect for a complete beginner like me, lol. After Alice’s introduction came to a close, we went straight into some practice exercise, after which moved swiftly on to letterforms. So by the end of session, I was able to write my name or some favourite quote, whilst applying her skillful techniques.
I found that the two hours simply flew by and didn’t expect to be this much fun! And as a deserved reward for all our hard efforts, we got to enjoy some delicious pizza and drinks, to finish off what was an exceptionally wonderful class!
I'd describe the whole experience as very relaxing. It really made me want to do learn more about modern calligraphy. And one of the best bits of all, is you get to take the calligraphy kit home with you, including the guide sheets, ink, pen-holder, nib and tote bag, basically everything you need to keep practicing and honing your skills, haha. In addition, I would most definitively like to recommend Alice as a mentor, to anyone who is interested in delving into the world of calligraphy. What an awesome day!
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