Hi, I’m Emma, an Auckland calligrapher and I’ve been lettering for many years. It was my Dad who first suggested I take up calligraphy. He knew I had a great love of words and there was an artistic gene in the family (my grandfather was an artist, as was my mother). From my very first lesson I just loved it!! The expression of words as art truly resonated with me.
I was taught traditional calligraphy by the best teachers in Auckland. First off, I learnt with broad edged steel nibs. More recently, I’ve been exploring modern calligraphy which is written using dip pens and I’ve become passionate about the modern romantic fonts so popular in wedding stationery.
I work with a variety of inks, paints and papers to give a broad range of looks and textures to my work. And, I also love illustrating and painting florals. Mostly, I love creating timeless pieces of art because they become keepsake memories and heirlooms. I letter everything from poems and family trees to bespoke stationery.
And when I’m not lettering? You’ll find me on a beach or in the bush enjoying our country’s gorgeous scenery. I also love spending time with my family or binge-watching TV series on Netflix with a chilled glass of Prosecco!