North West Calligraphy

North West Calligraphers’ Association is a group of people who enjoy the art and practice of calligraphy (‘fine handwriting’). Now in our 33rd year there could not be a better time to join the Association. Anyone who has an interest in calligraphy is most welcome – beginner or experienced – as one of the strengths of the Association is its’ inclusiveness and the warmth of its’ welcome to new members. Someone will always lend you a piece of equipment or give you advice - if asked!



Beginners Begin

The first of our four planned sessions for beginners took place at The Lyceum in July, at the same time as the main workshop, but held in the separate Beginers at worksmall room and run by Andrew Cowley, NWCA member and qualified tutor. Similar sessions are also planned from September at Lower Withington, tutored by Vivien Lunniss. Six beginners (or nearly so) took part and, judging from the laughter emanating from the room, they (and Andrew) enjoyed themselves. We look forward to welcoming them as NWCA members in due course.

Next session in Port Sunlight - 13th September
First session in Lower Withington - 14th September more

Peter Thornton workshop

NWCA is delighted to be able to offer NWCA MEMBERS ONLY a full day workshop with Peter Thornton. Peter is very well-known to NWCA, but he now lives in the States so he has not taken a workshop for us for some years.

our title

Our main heading, above, was created by Barbara Alldred, that is to say it is real calligraphy, not a computer generated font. Of course it doesn't reproduce as well on screen as in real life. Barbara, who is working through her CLAS Diploma, says this about the piece:

“I imagined a compact design that was easy to read yet had some interest and contrast. I eventually decided on freely written manipulated Italic using a Brause 3mm nib (Brause nibs are particularly good for manipulated work). To complement this I wrote Italic Capitals separated by thin red lines – all written with the same nib. The paper was Gerstaecker No 2 Drawing Paper which has some tooth and all the lettering was written with Winsor and Newton Indigo gouache.”