Jan Jeffreys FCLAS CALLIGRAPHY AND LETTER DESIGN
Words have always held a fascination for me, not only their meanings, but also the patterns they make when written, or the sounds and shapes they make when spoken. Add to this a lifelong passion for pens, pencils and papers, and you may just see what a journey of delight opened up for me when I discovered the broad-edged pen!
So, my aim is to express an understanding of the words, either poetry or prose, through pattern, letterform and colour, and hope to enhance the readers perception.
Sometimes this can be a long and arduous, but usually enjoyable, travail: though there have been times of instant inspiration!
I first did Manuscript writing at GCE O level with an enlightened Art teacher called Mrs Zabel, and continued to use [ & abuse ] the art for many years, until starting at an evening class with my daughter in Saffron Walden in 1984, where we had a most inspirational tutor in Mary Pearce, who encouraged me to study with Fellows and tutors of The Society of Scribes & Illuminators, which I continued for several years.
In 1996 on presentation of a body of my work, I was selected to study on their Advanced Training Scheme; a 3 year intensive course, which I completed in 1999.
The following year,  I was elected as a Fellow of The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. I am also very pleased to be a selected member of The Essex Craft Society since 1995.