Penfriends Calligraphy Studio is usually a space where students are encouraged to learn the ancient craft of calligraphy in a modern and creative studio. Students experiment once they have learned the basic shapes and angles required. Calligraphy nibs and ink, paints, various papers and even canvas are used while focussing on letterform.
NB: In these interesting times Zoom sessions are offered where the same principles are applied in a very different format. As well as calligraphy, water-colour and writing sessions are offered during the week.
Sessions take the form of demonstrations showing various nuances of lettering, practice and projects.
Students focus on 'master calligrapher techniques' design and (especially) creativity. The small annual exhibition in November has become a tradition. Short calligraphy courses for beginners are available through the year.
Friends and students are enthusiastic supporters of various community outreach projects which include making toys, tops and scarves for children and beanies, bootees and blankets for babies at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. We have a new outreach project where the group makes cowls, scarves, blankets and beanies for rangers, guards and the wider community of Rex the Rhino Conservation Fund. The Friends with Threads group meets on designated Mondays to knit or crochet for the chosen projects.
Calligrapher, teacher, author, poet
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Together with her husband David, Anne-Marie owns Creative Escapes a small tour company. They organise specialised tours particularly for photographers within South Africa and further afield to encourage guests to enhance their creativity. Please visit the website to view tours and David's photography: and Facebook: Creative Escapes.
Do visit master printmaker John Moore's website: to view new images and fine detail work.
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In 1983 at the request of a group of friends, after I had completed a few months of calligraphy, I presented my first class in the dining room in my home in Houghton. No studio, very little equipment and 5 students. As a qualified teacher I realized that there was a need to develop creative courses for adults and children alike.
Since those small beginnings I studied through the Roehampton College completing Foundational with tutor Margaret Daubney. I was a founder member of the calligraphy society and the teachers’ guild. I have since furthered my calligraphic studies with such tutors as Denys Taipele, Dick Beasley, Brody Neuenschwander, Ewan Clayton and more recently Karl Rohrs, Yves Laterme, Lin Kerr and Massimo Pallermo. I have been fortunate to travel to America, England and Europe to participate in calligraphy conferences where I studied with such masters as Denis Brown, Gottfied Pott, Sheila Waters and David Thornton.
Penfriends Calligraphy Studio has grown into a space where students can borrow resource material from an extensive library, view calligraphy by various calligraphy masters and enjoy learning the ancient craft in pleasant, secure surroundings. Students are encouraged to experiment and extend their creativity.
Equipment gleaned from worldwide sources allows students a vast choice of nibs, paints and inks. And true to the by line, long-standing friendships have been forged over the years. Thank you to all my students for enriching my life in so many ways.