Absolutely every finished product is a one-off, made to order bundle of originality. There are no card-crafting kits in my studio; no stencilling, glitter or pre-cut card. No, Every single order you place starts with me sitting down in my studio, choosing the ink and nibs and writing you something beautiful. I use traditional methods and tools: dip pens, historic inks, fine 100% cotton hand-milled paper, real gold leaf and burnishing tools, hot wax seals - not to mention historic pressing methods to keep your card flat on delivery. Every envelope that comes out of my studio has been designed and hand-cut especially for the card it houses. I pride myself on holding no stock whatsoever: my only stock is blank paper. Each and every one of my cards is a work of art with its own Opus number recorded in my catalogue of works. So it stands to reason that my cards even come with the option of a glass picture frame. My products are designed to be impossible to throw away, down to the last envelope.
I've always enjoyed the art of writing and penmanship. But I only began developing my calligraphy in 2009, when for two years I became a novice Cistercian monk at Mount St Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire. During this immersive episode, and alongside a monastic introduction to the bookbinding trade, I developed a range of artwork for the monastery shop, which sold very well, and helped me to develop as a calligrapher.
I've spent most of my working life as a Butler and have been lucky enough to work in some extraordinary places and alongside fascinating people. In 2004, whilst in my early twenties, I became Under Butler to the 11th Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace. It was here again in 2016, working this time as Head Butler to the 12th Duke, that I finally made the decision to say goodbye to my butler career in order to develop a full-time business as a calligrapher. Difficult as it was to leave a Palace that I called home, in 2016 I set up a calligraphy studio in Birmingham, and it is from here that I conduct my beloved business. It is unreasonable to suggest I won't miss my life at the Palace; most of all I dearly miss His Grace the 11th Duke, who passed away on my birthday in 2014. But I am extremely lucky, not only to have experienced life in some of the most formally operated houses in the UK, but to now be able to sustain myself within a sphere of craftsmanship that is dear to my heart and so full of beauty.
I do happily consider other calligraphy commissions, including one-off framed works of art, luggage labels, name-plated journals and any other possibilities. Please visit my various pages for the full range.
I pride myself on offering a fully personal, 5-star service as a craftsman, and have painstakingly transferred the perfectionism and high-end precision of my previous career into my new business. Whatever you 'd like me to write, I look forward to working with you!
I am a calligrapher with a passion for non-printed, one-off workmanship. Whilst I pride myself on producing the most exquisite greetings cards in the UK, I also produce anything from letters and framed quotes, to entire bespoke illuminated manuscripts. Welcome to my world of paper, ink and gold!