The Modern Calligraphy Company

Move over adult colouring in, calligraphy is here and gaining momentum to become the most popular mindfulness technique of 2019! Hello to our faithful followers, old and new and thank you for your continued support and love for modern calligraphy. For those new to our journey, let’s start at the beginning.

The newly named “Modern Calligraphy Company” was established back in 1997 by Kirsten Burke and Jill Hembling and since then it has grown into a regional and national success. With over 20 years’ experience of working with luxury brands and teaching individuals calligraphy, the team has steadily grown.

The team at The Modern Calligraphy Company

The team at The Modern Calligraphy Company

Jill Hembling & Kirsten Burke

Jill Hembling & Kirsten Burke

Clients and customers love the element of theatre live calligraphy brings, with personalised gifts and special messages for loved ones. 

Our family of over 50 calligraphers spread across the UK run workshops and provide live calligraphy events for brands such as Molten Brown, Jo Malone and Tom Ford to name but a few.


Our goal has always been to inspire others to share our joy of calligraphy, the joy of creating something unique and the ability to have a moment of peace simply by picking up a pen. It’s important to know that you don’t have to have great handwriting or a flair for art to reap the benefits of calligraphy and progress to create your own ‘Insta worthy’ unique work.  

With the growing trend of calligraphy sweeping the nation, we were commissioned to write a guide for the Mail on Sunday. The focus of this guide was to share the mindfulness techniques of calligraphy whilst providing easy to follow templates for those just starting out in calligraphy. The 16-page guide included basic strokes, about modern styles as well as the alphabet and fun phrases to use.

In the guide you can learn some of my secret tips & tricks like body position, breathing, ink flow and what kit you will need. Don’t feel you need to spend a fortune on kit. You can get beginners kits for under £15 or you can even start with a soft 2B pencil and regular printing paper if you don’t want to buy anything. 

We celebrate the joy of creating with a sociable atmosphere including food and a cheeky glass of wine to get those creative juices flowing! Come on your own or in a group, we are a friendly bunch and aim to provide guidance whilst making sure everyone is having fun. 

If you can’t make it to one of our workshops, don’t worry, we have the perfect calligraphy starter kit on sale in our online store. With lessons, hints and tips and everything you need to get started. 

We have a great selection calligraphy supplies too, ranging from different pens, inks and downloadable templates. Did you know we have also written three books on Modern Calligraphywith signed copies available online in our store? 

We love to see your calligraphy work, share it with us on Facebook and Instagram using #MindfulCalligraphy

If you missed our free guide, check out our YouTube channel for guidance perfect for both beginners and those of you looking for the next challenge! We regularly post new videos, so please do subscribe to our channel.

Increasingly we are all looking for experiences and the chance to learn something new, marking a shift from the instant gratification of buying something that is in all likelihood going to end up redundant in the near future. Calligraphy is a wonderful craft to learn with others and here at our quirky workshop in Birdham, we regularly hold workshops, for half or full days.