Turning your Passion into a Job

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

How would it feel to turn your love of calligraphy into your career? Really quite exciting?! Sound like a dream?! Well it could be your reality in 2020 - you could be embarking on a new journey next year. Want to know more? Then keep reading.

Turning your treasured hobby into a career really is very possible with the help and guidance of our Master Calligrapher Kirsten Burke. Here at The Modern Calligraphy Co. we’ve two Masterclasses, one for brush calligraphy and one for pointed nib providing insights and training for live events. Designed to give you the skills and confidence needed to be able to perform at the highest level. Event calligraphy is an extremely competitive field, so when you are booked, you are must be ready to give your clients exactly what they are hoping for from you and your services.

During each class we explain what goes on behind the scenes; the expectations of our clients and the criteria you need to fulfil to be able to join our nationally successful team of live event calligraphers around the country.

The Masterclasses are a brilliant opportunity to join our lovely calligraphy team, meet new people, travel and share your love of calligraphy. Don’t just take our word for it though, we caught up with some of our newest team members, who are all part of our team now, having attended the last Masterclasses we ran.

Mathilda Lundin summed it up beautifully: “To me it’s just something about sitting down and creating a design by hand that feels so thoughtful, and connects you to people. So many things are online these days that it’s just amazing to sit down and do something away from the screen. It feels very calming.” In such an online world, it is clear that calligraphy offers a respite from scrolling.

Another of our calligraphy team is Claire Delfont, who came to our last pointed nib masterclass. She adds “It’s difficult to focus on anything else when you are doing calligraphy, so it is good for the soul!” This is one of the reasons we love calligraphy and why we love a career away from the emails. Claire also mentioned how lovely it is to bring a smile to people’s faces through “something as simple as seeing their names written beautifully.” There’s huge amounts of pleasure in helping someone add that extra special touch to their gift.

We asked our newest team members what they loved most about the Masterclasses. Laura Prudence attended both the brush and the pointed nib masterclasses, and she told us: “It was incredibly interesting to learn about event calligraphy, how to adapt my own style to meet a client’s brief.”

Laura, also touched on learning about what goes on behind the scenes: “I hadn’t realised how much planning goes on before a calligrapher goes into a store! As there are very few opportunities to do this, I really enjoyed meeting other calligraphers and swapping experiences and advice. If you like to keep challenging your calligraphy, events are a great way to do so. You can broaden your skill set whilst working."

Nyree Forster highlighted that one if the most important thing she gained from the brush masterclass that she attended was "how to figure out which brushes and nibs work best for you, then practise with them.” We couldn’t agree more.

Another new member of our team, Vicky Daws, reiterated this message, saying the number one reason you should attend a Masterclass is “to be inspired to keep going and you’ll absolutely get there if you practise, practise, practise.”

These latest members of the team are currently adding that Modern Calligraphy touch to Christmas presents up and down the country for the luxury brands that we work with.

So if you love the sound of all the above, and want to have the confidence to do events work by learning the skills you need to join our team, then book your place now. Our next round of events include Chinese New Year, Valentine’s and Mother’s Day.

Our next Masterclasses will take place in the heart of London, on consecutive days. You are welcome to attend just one, or to plan a fabulous trip to London so that you can attend both. The Brush Calligraphy Masterclass is on the 24th January 2020, 11am - 4pm; The Pointed Nib Masterclass is on the 25th January 10 – 3pm. Both will be held at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden.

It really is an exciting time to be part of our growing modern calligraphy team. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment and start 2020 with an exciting new opportunity.