Having had the opportunity to work with Lucy Edmonds for a number of demonstrations at Paperchase during National Stationery Week , we wanted to know more about her and Quill London, a fashionable stationery store and calligraphy lab in Amwell Street…
How and when did you start specialising in calligraphy? What is your background?
I set up Quill, which launched as an online boutique specialising in stylish stationery, in 2012. Together with an amazingly talented UK calligrapher Imogen Owen, Quill hosted our first Modern Calligraphy workshops two years after launching Quill, having spotted the trend over in the States and there was nowhere you could learn it in London. I hadn’t picked up a pen before that, but it’s safe to say I’ve definitely caught the Modern Calligraphy bug and love that, although unplanned, it’s now such a huge part of Quill, that I get to meet all kinds of amazing people through it and that I now get to teach other people too.
What is your favourite calligraphy style and your favourite tool?
We specialise in Modern Calligraphy and I tend to reach for my oblique pen holder and either a Leonardt DP40 (Shorthand Nib) or Nikko G Nib.
What kind of clients do you have and what do they ask for most often?
I love that we have some really great clients, from fashion, lifestyle & corporate brands that contact us to help us with their events, to individuals and brides-to-be. Every project is different which is what makes it so fun.
What is the project you are most proud of?
Opening our bricks-and-mortar shop earlier this year. I didn’t plan or particularly dream of having a store but now that we have it, I am very proud of the achievement. It now means we can run our workshops from there, as well as have a space that people can come to to browse and buy their modern calligraphy supplies (and stationery too of course).
What are you currently working on? Future plans?
Hoping to launch our own wedding & event stationery this year…although it’s taking a lot longer than I hoped! Maybe even a second store…
What would you say to people who want to become professionals in calligraphy?
It’s so rewarding, do it!
What would you recommend to calligraphy beginners?
Practice, practice, practice! Patience, perseverance, and more practice. (All the ‘Ps’!) Good, reliable tools too, of course.
Indeed, it’s always a matter of perseverance so folks keep calm, write on and you will get the modern calligraphy swing!
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