For 34 years, Rachel has been a freelance calligrapher working mainly with design consultants on logos, promotional material, and stationery. Rachel teaches a wide variety of calligraphic and design disciplines in art schools, conferences and workshops both in the UK and internationally.
Martha Laurens is an educator, calligrapher, and penman for Scribes and Beyond studio based in Sydney, Australia. She started her art, lettering & calligraphy journey in oil painting before venturing into the world of calligraphy. Martha is recipient of the IAMPETH Certificate of Excellence for Spencerian and the IAMPETH Certificate of Proficiency for Borders.
Paul Antonio trained as a Calligrapher, Gilder and Heraldic Artist at Reigate School of Art and Design. He went on to study English Palaeography, Arabic Calligraphy, and Archaeological Illustration with a specialty in Ancient Writing Systems. Paul’s focus is on the history of writing and looking at the calligraphic practice of writing from a palaeographical perspective. His interests and practice have led him to Sacred Geometry and the Golden Section, and how they help to generate the framework our letterforms sit upon.
James "Fazz" Farrell is an English engineer turned calligrapher and artist. Starting with foundational broad pen hands and then moving to pointed pen scripts, Fazz created a new modern style inspired by nature, engineering, and physics.
Fazz's work has been featured in many publications and museums. He has been teaching internationally since 2014.
Rajiv Surendra is a Canadian calligrapher, artist, actor, and writer currently based in New York. He is founder of Letters in Ink, a bespoke calligraphy and graphic design service using pen and ink and chalk to create art and branding for restaurants and other businesses. Rajiv practices a number of traditional arts and crafts, including bookbinding, painting, paper marbling and pottery. His personal collection of handmade objects and his chalk art have been featured on HGTV Handmade, and he created a video series on letter writing for The Morgan Library & Museum.
Kalo Chu, founder of Kalo Make Art, is a classically trained calligrapher, specializing in western dip pen calligraphy. Kalo has been promoting the art of handwriting, penmanship and calligraphy in Hong Kong for the past 8 years. Kalo is recipient of the IAMPETH Certificate of Proficiency in Engrosser's Script and the 2019 IAMPETH International Scholarship.
Benoit Furet discovered calligraphy almost by chance 28 years ago and was immediately hooked. Since then he has been studying historical scripts and decoration techniques. Benoit is drawn to the historic writings even though he enjoys playing with other materials and colors than the ones originally used. Benoit is obsessed with the Middle Ages and really fond of gothic scripts, not to mention a passion for filigrees. He has been teaching calligraphy, lettering and ornaments for 15 years in Europe & North America.
Andrew van der Merwe is a professional calligrapher and letter artist from Cape Town, South Africa. He does a wide range of work in the field including wordmark design, private calligraphy commissions, wine label design, props for period movies and traditional illuminated addresses, one of which was presented to Barack and Michelle Obama by the City of Cape town. He has a passion for teaching good writing technique and gave a workshop tour on the west coast of the United States in 2019.
Andrew is more widely known for a new art form he calls beach calligraphy. His work has been published in various calligraphy journals and reported on in the Sunday Times, Business Day, Huffington Post, and CNN, among others.
Hoang is a full-time calligraphy artist based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Deeply inspired by his late grandfather, Hoang started his journey with lettering and history since childhood. Hoang is fluent in both broad-pen and pointed-pen calligraphy, specialized in Roman, Italic, Roundhand, Spencerian and Flourishing. His international teaching tour started in Singapore and Jakarta in 2015, and has since been invited to teach in the various cities in the US, Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea.
Rob Saunders, Curator and Publisher of Letterform Archive, is a designer, teacher, publisher, and management consultant, who has collected graphic design and letterforms for over 40 years. Rob began his career teaching at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, while serving freelance clients and agencies, before founding a book publishing enterprise that included Alphabet Press (graphic design), Picture Book Studio (children’s books), and Rabbit Ears Books (book/audio packages), which was eventually acquired by Simon & Schuster. Prior to founding Letterform Archive he served as a creative and marketing consultant with clients in the hospitality, technology, and financial industries.
Ashok "Ash" Giri is a multi-disciplinary artist based in India with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Arts. After a successful career as an award-winning creative director at the world's top advertising agencies, he has returned to his craft of calligraphy & typography with founding JOY&ASH. Ash is the recipient of the IAMPETH Certificate of Proficiency in Engrosser's script. Ash has mentored over 300 students across the globe in his mission to make calligraphy more globally accessible.
Martina Flor combines her talents as both designer and illustrator in the drawing of letters. Based in Berlin, she runs one of the world’s leading lettering and custom typography studios, working for clients all over the globe such as The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, HarperCollins, Monotype, Etsy, Adobe, Mercedes Benz, Lufthansa, and Cosmopolitan.
Martina earned her Master’s in Type Design from the esteemed Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. She travels extensively within and outside Europe to help designers cultivate their skills through workshops, and to present her work and insights at conferences such as TEDx and Adobe MAX.