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.

Welcome to SLLA’s new Chairman

One thought on “Welcome to SLLA’s new Chairman

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Dear Christina,
    A blast from the past, Don Bobiash here, hope you are doing well despite the Covid environment. Your calligraphy work looks wonderful. Teresa and I have been living in Washington ,DC for a little over a year now. Hope we can stay in touch.


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