If you are looking to commission a piece of work, our SLLA members offer a range of specialist lettering services to suit any style. This artist gallery showcases a selection of work of our members currently accepting commissions, and provides their contact details. Please feel free to contact an artist directly.

If you would like some advice on commissioning work, see our Commission an Artist page.

Jacqueline Allwood

Jacqueline Allwood has been a glass engraver since 1977, specialising in botanical art as well as lettering on studio glass. She also works in engraving, woodcuts and glass sculpture, cross-fertilising her ideas in these media.


Michela Antonello FCLAS

Calligraphy, lettering and illumination on paper and vellum using metal nibs, quills and brushes; wood-mounted linocuts; traditional and modern gilding. Specialising in commemorative pieces, especially remembrance books, presentation scrolls, certificates, wall pieces and personalised slate plates. Digital design for printed materials and lasercutting. Commissions range from place cards to public art.


Paula Comparini

Paula graduated from Reigate School of Art and Design in 2002, and has been working as a freelance calligrapher since 2003. Working to commission from her studio in London, Paula’s clients include many leading event companies as well as poems, readings or vows for individuals. Paula is a member of CLAS and SSI.


Beverley Davidson

Beverley Davidson is a calligrapher based in South London specialising in copperplate script on: invitations, place cards, envelopes, escort cards and certificates. She provides calligraphy for weddings, corporate events and private clients.


Nicola Dunn

Fascinated by letterforms since childhood, Nicola is a calligraphy teacher who has participated in the SSI Advanced Training Scheme: a 3-year course that helped to established her own style. Her preference is for free, built-up letterforms on any surface, but fabric is a favourite.


Sybil Ewin

Sybil started to study calligraphy when nearing retirement and now combines words, written or drawn, with her other love, painting, using gouache or acrylic paint.


Rosella Garavaglia

Rosella Garavaglia is a South West London calligrapher  providing services including wedding stationery, poems, for clients such as The Bespoke Wedding Company, Bulgari, and The British Library. A freelance lettering artist, Rosella designs and executes lettering in a variety of media including calligraphy and design for print, also inscriptions in wood, stone, glass and on collage. She alternates working on commissions for individual clients and public and private institutions to creating expressive pieces for exhibitions.


Rachel Gundry

Rachel is a letter carver who works to commission, creating inscriptions in stone of many kinds.
She works with clients to develop a design that is personal, and will be right for the environment it is placed in. Based in Somerset, Rachel visits sites further afield, and also works on-site (for example, adding lettering onto a headstone, or carving a foundation stone already embedded).


Lu Guthrie

Lu is a freelance calligrapher who works for Bond Street PR girls, art galleries, events companies and financiers writing their invitations, menus, place cards and more in copperplate and italic.


 Katie Lavers

Katie graduated from Reigate School of Art and Design in 2001 and went on to get a degree in Graphic Design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in 2006. She has worked on various different freelance work including wedding stationery, invitations, envelopes, table plans, place cards and commissioned work.


Ayako Makabe

Ayako is a calligrapher who graduated from Roehampton university’s calligraphy course in 2007. She studies calligraphy from childhood in Japan and graduated in grade 10 level for Japanese calligraphy. Currently Ayako conducts commissions in Western and Japanese calligraphy for a wide variety of clients. 



Lizzie Matthews

From her London studio, Lizzie turns her hand to a wide range of calligraphy styles for event agencies, weddings and corporate clients such as Clarins, Mulberry and Givenchy. She also loves the creativity and unique nature of private commissions such as poems, vows, or illuminated initials. She won the runners-up prize for Calligraphy and Illumination from the Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London in 2017. 



Attilio Medda

Freelance calligrapher, illuminator, miniature & heraldic painter based in London. His personal work tries to blend together both traditional and modern techniques. Specialising in every kind of ceremonial and formal commissions, manuscript books and panels that require the combined use of Writing, Paintings and Gilding techniques. Digitalisation of Heraldic designs and layouts for printing.



Ruth Rowland

Born in Liverpool, Ruth studied for a Bachelors Degree in illustration at Newcastle Upon Tyne and went on to study a Masters Degree in hand drawn lettering, calligraphy and experimental typography at Central St Martins School of Art, London. Based in London, Ruth has been freelancing as a lettering artist and illustrator for over 20 years. She work for a wide range of clients from the advertising, packaging, publishing and music industries. Clients include: Coca Cola, BBC, Virgin Records, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Harper Collins, Thorntons, Victoria’s Secret, Marks & Spencer, Neiman Marcus and Newsweek amongst many others.


Sharon Shaw FSSI

Sharon is a lettering addict. She has a first class honours degree in calligraphy from Roehampton University and is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Her work has been commissioned by advertising and design agencies, publishing houses and private individuals.


Keiko Shimoda

Keiko Shimoda has been a professional calligrapher since 2010 and busy working for clients in fashion and film industry, using her skills of Japanese and western alphabet calligraphy. Happy to take any private commissions too. Please see contact details below.’


Tina Warren

Tina Warren is a calligrapher and lettering artist working from her studio in East Sussex. She graduated from Reigate School of Art in 1997 with a Distinction for her HND in Architectural Lettering, Illumination and Heraldic Art. Tina works on vellum, paper, glass and wood and undertakes a wide variety of commissions : poems, songs, words of special meaning, family trees, Charters and formal documents, wedding stationery, place settings, envelope addressing, corporate and event calligraphy etc. Her work ranges from the traditional, employing a range of heritage craft skills, to the contemporary. She teaches three weekly mixed-ability calligraphy classes in East Sussex as well as monthly Saturday workshops. She is happy to travel to deliver workshops to calligraphy groups and societies.

Leanda Xavian

Leanda is based in Surrey and specialises in modern copperplate calligraphy producing wedding invites, placecards, envelope addressing, personal stationery, logo design, readings and poems. She also runs calligraphy workshops in the south-east for those wanting to learn modern calligraphy.




5 thoughts on “Artists

  • August 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Hello, I was telling a friend about one of your members (previous member?) who did a workshop I attended years ago. She was South African and did a lot of work on banners (for her church I think?) but I can not find her name. I wondered if you knew who she was and if she had a website, if you could let me know what that is?
    Many thanks for ant help you can give me.

  • August 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Dear sir/madam
    We have a special request that concerns the change of a name in a Remembrance Book at a crematorium in south east London. Due to investigations in progress I cannot reveal full details but I have been notified of a timeline taking us into January 2018. I and my family in Australia are disputing the time. So my question is 1.. how pong does it take to change a Remembrance Bo entry, 2. Is that possible sooner than January 2018 and 3. How much would it cost to amend/correct/ change a 2-3 line entry? Your immediate response would be appreciated. Kind regards Keith

    • September 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Dear Keith,
      it is difficult to answer your questions without seeing the book. There are quite many aspects that will affect this kind of work. It is not clear whether you need to correct a mistake in a name or replace 3 lines of text. It won’t take long for a minor mistake while replacing 3 lines may take hours. Various artists have different pricing. Those are specific questions which best be addressed to an artist who does this kind of work. You can find contact details of SLLA calligraphers under section ARTISTS.
      IG (webmaster)

  • November 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Dear artists, I am reproducing two school photographs from the 1940’s with the names of approximately 40 pupils written on the mounting card below the photograph which I intend to frame as a gift for my father. The originals will be returned to the school. I am wondering if anyone has experience or could assist me with this task? It would involve copying the original names and writing out on the new card to match the original as closely as possible – although exactly identical font is not necessary. I hope one of you talented artists can assist. I live in Fulham where they are being framed.


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