About Oakleaf Calligraphy
Hello! I'm Janet Smith - I'm a professional calligrapher, and owner of Oakleaf Calligraphy.
I am a lettering artist with over 25 years' experience of calligraphy, including attending the Society of Scribes and Illuminators Advanced Training Scheme.
I have always enjoyed creating calligraphy for others - starting out making pieces as gifts, or taking on commissions for friends.
I now offer a professional service carrying out commissions, creating pieces of lettering that make a most thoughtful and personal item.
I understand that people coming to me may not have commissioned a piece before and do my best to make sure the process is straightforward and enjoyable.
It may surprise you to know that the majority of commissions are completed without me meeting the customer. I live on beautiful Anglesey in North Wales, but have customers around the world.
If you're interested to know more about how to commission work, click here for my Commissions information.
I have taught for many years now, and feel as enthusiastic about teaching as when I first began: that moment of people realising they CAN do it remains a great pleasure. I enjoy the mixture of teaching groups and individuals, plus those who are just giving calligraphy a try, as well as those for whom it is a serious pastime.
The pieces I create for myself (when there's time!) vary from the quirky and quick, to huge pieces for which a lot of research and writing are required - all depends how the mood takes me!
I always respect the privacy of information provided to me, and only hold personal information for the duration of the time I'm working with a customer.
If a piece contains any personal information (such as a family tree, or a piece with a person's name) then I always seek permission before including an image on my website.
My tweets are a random mix of calligraphy, life in Wales and things that amuse me!