With great excitement, we welcome our new Chairman, Christina Janoszka, who shares her calligraphy journey with us.
Like many calligraphers, I fell in love with calligraphy and illumination when I saw my first illuminated manuscript as a child. I wanted to go to art college after completing my exams at school, but I was accepted by Balliol College, Oxford University, to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics and naturally progressed to a career in Higher Education. During this time I continued with my calligraphy studies and through an interest in eastern philosophy, began producing commissioned work for a number of Buddhist monasteries in England, Australia and the USA. I went on to study illumination at Reigate College in 2008 and on the advice of a fellow student, joined the South London Lettering Association.
I have also studied illumination at the The Princes School of Traditional Art. I now specialise in pointed pen scripts – Copperplate and Spencerian with flourishing and illumination. I have studied with a number of teachers including a Master Penman in the USA who continues to help me maintain and develop my skills. I am also a lay-member of The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in the USA. Upon taking early retirement I started my own small calligraphy company called Dream Writer. If you would like to view some of my work you can see it on Instagram at @littlesapphire1.
I’m really looking forward to being Chairman of the South London Lettering Association. It is such a wonderfully diverse, talented and dynamic group, I feel very lucky to be a part of it. I am always practicing my calligraphy and illumination skills and learning and developing new skills. I find the contact with fellow enthusiasts, the wealth of information from other practitioners and the workshops and social events provided by a society like the SLLA are absolutely invaluable to any calligrapher and illuminator at whatever stage in their artistic life. I look forward to meeting you at our workshops, social evenings, exhibitions and other events throughout the year. Thank you.