My favourite things in life and in the world are my boyfriend, my cat, my family and the Lake District – in fact the whole of Cumbria, which is where I am so lucky to say I live.

I grew up here – I remember being dragged out onto the fells with my parents when I was little and moaning all the way up and all the way down, pretty much every time.

Turns out my folks were right after all! Now I spend every weekend I possibly can with Steve exploring the Lake District mountains. We’ve set ourselves the challenge of completing all of the 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District – as I write this we’ve walked up 155 mountains with 59 left to go.

So it’s safe to say I really do love the Lake District. It feels like home. And being able to teach my modern calligraphy workshops in this beautiful part of the world is more of a treat than I even have words for.

I started teaching at Swallows & Artisans in 2018. It’s the most wonderful craft venue, set on a quiet lane above Coniston Water.

There is plenty of space for teaching and learning calligraphy – every student has their own desk space, and there is a little kitchen and a chill out area. Lovely owner Karen puts on the loveliest home-made cakes with tea and coffee available for us all day long.

I’m THRILLED to be coming back to Swallows & Artisans this November for a full day Christmas calligraphy workshop. We’ll be making lots of lovely things – gift tags, Christmas cards and beautiful personalised calligraphy baubles!

Calligraphy workshop

In this relaxed and friendly modern calligraphy workshop you’ll learn how to use a calligraphy pen and dippy ink pot.

We’ll practice alphabets then write some festive treats:-

  • gift tags
  • christmas cards
  • glitter baubles
  • gorgeous festive gift boxes

You’ll also take home your calligraphy pen and nib to practice at home. A warming soup, Christmas nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

“Spent a lovely couple of hours discovering modern calligraphy skills with Claire in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try their hand at a uniquely personal art form.” – Ara, April 2018

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