The Studio Space

Welcome to Kirsten Burke's studio, a converted Victorian Substation, the perfect place to get creative. Click on the image below to take a tour without leaving your chair!

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Learn Calligraphy

We all love the sense of peace that working with our hands gives us. Add to that the stunning results you achieve with Kirsten Burke's friendly, clear and creative tuition, it is no wonder workshops sell out so quickly! Kirsten & Maisie spend lots of 'one on one' time with everyone, as well as inspiring and enlightening the group with their calligraphic demonstrations, tips and expert knowledge. 

Not sure it's for you? Watch our short film showing a full day workshop in progress....

Most people who attend haven't done any calligraphy before and by the time they've finished a workshop, they are creating beautiful work to take home with them.

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Student Work


Kirsten Burke Calligraphy

Brush or Pen Calligraphy?

If you aren't sure of the difference between modern dip pen and brush pen calligraphy, and so not sure which workshop to choose, then here is a summary. Dip pen calligraphy is done with a pointed nib, it is perfect for creating fine, delicate work.

Brush pen is much quicker to pick up, and is better if you like free, larger sized hand lettering. It can be more expressive and it gives a more casual style.

 An example of a student's brush calligraphy by a workshop student.

An example of a student's brush calligraphy by a workshop student.

 Kirsten helps you every step of the way, so you finish the workshop having gained a new skill.

Kirsten helps you every step of the way, so you finish the workshop having gained a new skill.

 Example of Dip Pen calligraphy by a student at our workshop.

Example of Dip Pen calligraphy by a student at our workshop.

 An example of what you too will achieve after attending a workshop with us!

An example of what you too will achieve after attending a workshop with us!


Demonstrations & guided exercises

Throughout the workshops, Kirsten demonstrates to the group, making sure everyone understands how to create beautiful lettering. The class is structured, with exercises to help you gradually gain pen or brush control. It will finish with you designing your own piece of calligraphy, to take away and impress your friends.

Left Handed or complete beginner?

There is no need to worry about whether you will be able to do calligraphy. Even left-handers who have never tried it before come away from the workshops amazed at what they achieved. So there are no excuses!!

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 Some fun brush letterings into a heart shaped stone.

Some fun brush letterings into a heart shaped stone.