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The Oxford Calligrapher

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Hi, I'm Jane...

...an award-winning modern calligraphy and engraving artist based in rural Oxfordshire.

I offer modern calligraphy classes both in-person and online. My passion for calligraphy and its wellbeing benefits mean that my workshops and courses provide an excellent opportunity to unwind while trying something new at the same time. My creative coaching workshops are a perfect for corporate teams to develop outside-the-box thinking.

I also work with both private and corporate clients to create stunning, personalised pieces for a range of occasions. From brand activation and PR events to corporate gifting and live calligraphy and engraving at private celebrations,

Get in touch today to discuss how I can help elevate your next project or event with my modern calligraphy and engraving services.

Jane Morton Driscoll, The Oxford Calligrapher

The Oxford Calligrapher

The Oxford Calligrapher is a Small Business Sunday Winner!

I'm delighted to announce that The Oxford Calligrapher has won the coveted award of Small Business Sunday Winner. I was recently presented with my certificate by former Dragon, retail entrepreneur and #SBS founder, Theo Paphitis.

The Oxford Calligrapher is now one of 4500 small businesses that Theo has personally chosen to be part of his community since 2010. He chooses 6 winners every Monday who have pitched their business on a Sunday evening Bia Instagram or X (Formerly Twitter). I was lucky enough to become a winner on my first pitch, where for many it takes a number of attempts to be chosen! It's a real honour to be recognised for the passion and hard work I put into bringing calligraphy joy to as many people as I can.

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What is Modern Calligraphy?

March 21, 20243 min read

What is Modern Calligraphy? A Fresh Take on Traditional Styles

Welcome to the enchanting world of modern calligraphy, a vibrant offshoot of traditional calligraphic practices. If you're here to explore how modern calligraphy stands apart from its more classical counterparts and looking for a place to start your journey, this is the perfect spot. Whether you're seeking calligraphy workshops in Oxfordshire with me or an online calligraphy course, understanding the essence of modern calligraphy is your first step.

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Traditional vs. Modern Calligraphy: The Creative Evolution

At its core, traditional calligraphy focuses on formality and precision, following established scripts like Copperplate or Gothic with strict adherence to specific strokes and shapes. In contrast, modern calligraphy diverges into a realm of artistic freedom, breaking away from rigid structures. This contemporary style is more relaxed and fluid, allowing personal creativity to shine through.

Tools of the Trade: Old and New

While traditional calligraphy often requires specific tools like oblique or straight pens and nibs, modern calligraphy welcomes a broader array of instruments. This includes the flexible brush pens that are popular among beginners, making it accessible to a wider audience. You'll find that my calligraphy workshops in Oxfordshire and online calligraphy courses introduce these versatile tools to newcomers.

Unleashing Personal Style

The beauty of modern calligraphy lies in its flexibility. Unlike the uniformity of traditional scripts, modern calligraphy is a celebration of unique styles. You can experiment with letter shapes, sizes, and spacing, creating a form of art that resonates with your personality. This freedom is a significant draw for those looking to express themselves through their handwriting.

Versatility in Application

Traditional calligraphy has long been revered for its formal and ceremonial uses, but modern calligraphy stretches these boundaries. Its adaptability makes it ideal for various applications, from bespoke wedding invitations and branding to creative artworks. This versatility is also highlighted in my calligraphy workshops in Oxfordshire and through comprehensive online calligraphy courses run throughout the year.

The Learning Journey: Traditional Foundations to Modern Flair

Starting with modern calligraphy doesn’t mean completely abandoning traditional methods. In fact, a solid understanding of traditional calligraphy can enhance your modern script. Many learners begin with the basics in traditional styles through an online calligraphy course or local workshops before branching into modern styles.

Building a Community

Whether you attend a calligraphy workshop in Oxfordshire or connect through an online calligraphy course, you become part of a global community. This community thrives on sharing knowledge, experiences, and inspirations, bridging the gap between traditional and modern styles.

Embracing Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy is more than a skill; it's a journey of artistic expression. It respects its traditional roots while embracing the individuality and creativity of each artist. Whether you're starting with a workshop in Oxfordshire or an online course, the world of modern calligraphy is ready to welcome you.


Remember, in the world of modern calligraphy, your unique style is your signature. From traditional scripts to modern flair, every stroke you make tells a story. So why wait? Embark on this fulfilling journey today and discover where your creativity takes you!


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