Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. Calligrapher is the artist who possesses the techniques to execute lettering and design using writing instruments such broad tip instrument, dip pen or brush. Not sure what you can engage a calligrapher for? Calligraphy services include handwritten invitations, envelopes, place cards, certification addressing and many more. Here we present to you 10 homegrown calligraphers who have what it takes to inscribe words with harmony and rhythm.
1) Zhiling Lim
More than just beautiful handwriting or ornate lettering techniques, Zhiling’s calligraphy touches one’s heart and soul. There’s just something magical about Zhiling’s lettering. Describing herself as a lover of letter and an ink evangelist, Zhiling welcomes bespoke design requests and organises personal calligraphy workshops.
2) Joanna Chia
Joanna is beyond a calligrapher. While she is introduced as one here, she is also an artist and jewellery crafter. A gifted all-rounder in art for sure, Joanna is a godsend to inspire you with her rhythmic letters and beautiful drawings. Driven by passion for all things pretty, Joanna is a great choice for custom-made wedding stationery like invitation cards and place cards.
3) Sarah Lasung
Sarah’s lettering is open to receive small scale orders. Each piece of calligraphy inscribed by her magical hand is unique and personalised. While calligraphy is one of her latest attempts, she is already showing signs of creative fire. One noticeable thing is that she is certainly good at forming beautiful symbols and arranging them well.
A graphic designer and photographer, Jesslyn Lai calls herself “The Maker Jess”. Inspired by the thirst to explore new things, Jesslyn makes a variety of things ranging from gifts, personalised wire name to hand-stamped leather key chains. Not to mention, hand-lettering of course. Driven by the motto to brighten someone’s day, Jesslyn’s calligraphy never fails to showcase optimism and cheerfulness.
Alcee started calligraphy as a personal interest and hobby. With elements of colours and glitters injected, Alcee’s calligraphy is the closest you can get to hearing music with your eyes. Alcee also runs an online store which provides all kinds of calligraphy supplies. Alcee aims to bring calligraphy products from all over the world and supply them to not just Malaysia but Southeast Asia too.
6) Angelina Kein
Angelina Kein is multi-talented. Besides being a letterer, she is also a graphic designer, blogger and photographer. Born in Kuala Lumpur and currently living in Melbourne, her passion for design started as a child and it even drove her to produce creative calligraphic wallpaper that you can download for free. We personally love how her calligraphy is beautiful yet playful.
7) Joy Chong
Joy Chong is not just a lettering fanatic, she is also a makeup artist, foodie and Instagram addict. One can easily feel her enthusiasm for art through her colourful Instagram profile. Joy is also not selfish in sharing her lettering skills as she conducts calligraphy workshops teaching people the techniques and art of calligraphy. If you have any needs for custom lettering design, Joy Chong is only an email away.
8) Sharon Tan
Sharon is the master of freeform hand lettering and calligraphy. She emphasised that calligraphy is something that really takes a lot of practice to achieve consistency in form and stroke. There are no rules to it—it’s all about personal style. Together with Joy Chong, they run a few workshops in KL on tools used for copperplate script and drills to train muscle memory.
9) Nadia Elias
Nadia calls herself a lettering enthusiast and this title fits her pretty well. She’s on a mission to revive the fading art form. Through her work, she showcases the art of beautiful handwriting with her set of calligraphy fountain pens.
10) Inez Tan
This calligrapher has revived the long lost art of calligraphy by running workshops (named KLigraphy) together with her friend, Jil Sta. Ana to share their love for calligraphy with students from Kuala Lumpur as well as Singapore. Through Inez’s work, you will notice that modern calligraphy is more about breaking the rules, once you know the rules.