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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

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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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Why is modern calligraphy considered the ultimate mental wellness practice?

April 22, 20243 min read

Why is calligraphy considered the ultimate mental wellness practice?

Introduction:

In our whirlwind digital age, the elegant art of modern calligraphy serves as a peaceful escape, offering not just aesthetic joy but profound mental wellness benefits. If you’ve ever felt the urge to throw your smartphone out the window and reconnect with something real, this might just be your ticket.

With that said, here are 8 reasons why modern calligraphy is considered the ultimate mental wellness practice!

1. The Meditative Nature of Modern Calligraphy

Modern calligraphy demands an extraordinary level of focus and precision. Each stroke must be deliberate, each curve perfected, and it’s this requirement for present-moment attention that helps quiet the mind. Picture this: It’s just you and your pen, creating beauty while the chaos of missed WhatsApp messages and email notifications fades away. Engaging in this form of meditation through calligraphy can lead to fewer frown lines and more "aha!" moments, with studies praising mindfulness for its role in reducing stress, anxiety, and even your chances of wanting to yell at traffic.

2. A Canvas for Creativity

Here’s where you get to let your hair down. Modern calligraphy allows for personal expression and a splash of creativity, mixing traditional techniques with your own personal flair. Think of it as the yoga of the art world—flexible, expressive, and occasionally responsible for a little ink-stained Zen. The emotional benefits? Huge. It’s like therapy without the hefty bills, providing a way to work through feelings that might otherwise have you reaching for chocolate at midnight.

3. The Ritual and Discipline of Modern Calligraphy

Setting up for a session of modern calligraphy is like preparing for a tiny, artistic ceremony. There’s the setting up of your sacred space (clean desk), the choosing of your tools (not just any pen will do), and the precise preparation of materials (inks and papers galore). This routine brings a calming order and a touch of zen to everyday life, proving that yes, adults can still have fun with pens without any risk of detention.

4. Improving Concentration and Cognitive Function

Diving into modern calligraphy can sharpen your mind and boost your attention to detail. It’s a mental gym where you flex your brain’s muscles by mastering elegant scripts and ornate embellishments. Perfect for anyone looking to enhance their cognitive abilities—because who says you can’t have a brain workout while sitting down?

5. Physical Health Benefits

While it might seem all serene and stationary, calligraphy actually packs a physical punch too. Regular practice improves hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills, and let's not forget the posture. Sit up straight, breathe deeply, and remember, slouching is for couches, not calligraphers.

6. Community and Connection

Modern calligraphy doesn’t just connect you to paper; it connects you to people. Whether through workshops, classes, or vibrant online communities, it's a hobby that builds networks and friendships. Sharing tips, celebrating flourishes, and occasional ink spills—it’s like being part of a very artistic gang, just without the matching jackets.


Conclusion

Modern calligraphy offers more than just beautiful writing—it’s a pathway to peace, a burst of brainpower, and a community of creative souls. So, grab a pen and let the tranquility (and a few laughs) unfold. After all, in a world of endless pings and rings, a little quiet creativity might be just what the doctor ordered. Let's get inky!

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