Beautiful – a bespoke calligraphy gift

I’m often asked to write bespoke calligraphy commissions for wedding presents, anniversary gifts and more. In October Denise got in touch with a very special request for a unique gift – a wedding reading she’d written for Sarah. 

It was a joy to write, in a romantic and flowing style which Denise found on my Instagram.

I have received the poem in the post today. Thank you so much, it truly is beautiful.
I am sure Sarah will be thrilled when she recives it next weekend.
You have a fabulous gift, your work is so fabulously presented and it has been a real pleasure doing business with you.
I will certainly come to you again for more bespoke pieces in the future and I will certainly recommend you to my friends.
Denise

To order a calligraphy poem as a gift for someone special, please email me – send me a copy of your poem and ask for a quote. Prices for calligraphy commissions start at £75.

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers – Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson in calligraphy

Sometimes I just like to play with my pens and inks, to write a practice piece simply because I enjoy the writing process, with no restrictions on size or letter style.

This poem – always a favourite – is in a very straight (not slanted) calligraphy style. It’s ultra modern and trendy. The letters are curvy though, giving them tons of character and adding to the rhythm of the words.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

This is poem is available to buy in my Etsy shop for £49.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/621556891

Tis a Fearful Thing – calligraphy poem

This poem almost had me in tears.

If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, these words will resonate.

Writing pieces like this in calligraphy is humbling. Every stroke of the pen has to be as perfect as I can possibly make it.

To somehow do justice to this beautiful piece of poetry is a challenge, and I do hope the new owner of this poem will find it brings some measure of solace.

The full wording, as it was sent to me:

‘Tis a Fearful Thing

Yehuda Halevi

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
to be,
And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.
‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.