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Valentine’s Day Special

Hi everyone,

Very belated New Year to you all. I hope this cold weather has not got you down and that it has just given you more time to practice your calligraphy by staying in!

Things have been very busy here at Calligraphy Arts world HQ, organising new dates and shows and most importantly new workshops!

SHOWS – Where we are in 2015

12th to 14th Feb – Calligraphy at Paperchase, Selfridges in Birmingham
5th to 6th April – Craft Fair at Hangar One, Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton
9th to 10th May – Nottingham County Show – Newarke Showground
24th to 25th May – Craft Fair at Castle Ashby, Northampton
4th to 7th June – Patchngs Art Festival – Nottingham
19th July – Ashbourne Highland Gathering – Derbyshire
30th to 31st August – Catton Hall Craft Fair – Derbyshire
3rd to 6th September – Women’s Institute Centenary Fair, Harrogate, Yorkshire
7th November – Christmas Craft Fair, Houghton On The Hill, Leicestershire
14th to 15th November – Craft Fair at Hangar One, Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton
21st to 22nd November – Christmas Crafts at Desford Village Hall, Leicestershire.

All my events and workshops can be seen in my Google Calendar.

WORKSHOPS – Prices Start from £4

Due to the success of ‘The Christmas card – Round Hand workshop’ that was held at the Leicester Guildhall in November, with many of you wanting to do a follow up ‘Mother’s Day card – Workshop’ I have worked my magic and am holding another two classes in Wygston’s House, Leicester on 7th March – please get booked in to save any disappointment.

  • Make your own Mother’s Day Card – complete with a wax seal!
  • Morning session 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Afternoon session 1.00pm to 4.00pm
  • FREE refreshments!
  • Three price options – Always a terrific calligraphy lesson:
  1. All materials to make your Mother’s Day card, complete with a wax seal – £22
  2. plus starter pack, paper and ink – £25
  3. plus up to £22 value pen and nib – £45

Venue: Wygston’s House, Applegate,
Leicester. LE1 5LD Google Map & Directions Here

I also have two other workshops to help celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.These are at the Newark Houses Museum in Leicester City and show the close connection this holds to Leicester thanks to the Leicestershire barons being at Runnymede when King John signed it on 15th June 1215 (I’ve been doing my homework…)

One workshop is aimed at children on May 29th with hourly sessions all day (it falls in the half term holiday). They will be able to learn ‘Gothic’ and write their names on the top of their Magna Carta certificates that they will be making / completing. A parent or guardian must accompany any children attending.
1 person – £4
2 people – £7
3 people – £10
Venue: Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester LE2 7BY
Book Your 1 Hour Taster

The adult version will be June 13th (the nearest Saturday to the signing of the Magna Carta) along with many other events that are be being held in and around Leicester. These will be the normal 3.5 hour lessons to learn Gothic / Gothic Capitals / Wax Seal work and maybe some illuminated letter work if we get time. Again you will be completing your own Magna Carta certificate to commemorate this historic event.

  • Morning session 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • Afternoon session 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • FREE refreshments!
  • Three price options – Always a terrific calligraphy lesson:
  1. All materials for a Magna Carta certificate, complete with wax seal – £22
  2. plus starter pack, paper and ink – £25
  3. plus up to £22 value pen and nib – £45

Venue: Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester LE2 7BY

More information here

My final, but by all means not least, new workshops will be what we have called ‘Quick Introduction to Calligraphy Taster sessions at the Leicestershire Craft Centre in Market Harborough, again learning about Gothic lettering and the use of wax seals. So please do all come along to one of them to learn new skills and see how you can then use them in everyday use and what fun you can achieve by learning extra scripts.

Just £10 for 1.5 hours

Available Dates

Tuesday 21/04/2015 @ 7.00pm – 8.30pm – Sold out
Tuesday 19/05/2015 @ 10.00am-11.30am – Sold out

I hope this will give you all a chance to come and get creative with calligraphy and again, if all goes well, I will look at doing a pre-Christmas card event probably in October or November. This should get everyone into the swing of things, before Christmas comes around the corner and you are all panicing over your shopping and not relaxing on creating beautiful cards.More information about all of these workshops can be seen at this link: Calligraphy Arts Workshops

Website

Nick is in the process of updating the website for a better shopping experience and a fresher look so we will drop you a line when it’s done.

Many thanks to our latest international customers hailing from as far as Hawaii, Mexico, Texas and St. Petersburg to name but a few!

Feedback

So considering we have not been at shows we have been very busy getting all set up for the year ahead – look forward to seeing you all at the workshops and shows and if any of you have any other good ideas that I should be doing or can help you with by all means drop me a line.

Private Tuition

I am now holding private tuition in Leicester and Nottingham if you feel this would be better for you.

Please email me or reply to this newsletter if you want more information about this.

Commissions

Finally, don’t forget I am also available to do special occasion commissions – I have just finished a winter wedding stationery pack, a retirement picture – featuring the London Wasps, an 80th anniversary picture and a Valentines poem.

All can be seen on my website gallery

New Products

One off pictures (all are slightly different and hand finished with pastel or pencil) –FOR VALENTINE’S – so get in quick, pictures (again one offs) and cards for Mother’s day, calligraphy pens, wax seals (which have been very popular) and vintage style cards for Birthday, Thank You etc.

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