Sunday, 22 January 2017

Visit Bath and Learn the Art of Calligraphy

If you’re living in or have come to visit Bath for the first weekend in February, why not take some time out to learn the art of calligraphy? The subtle stroke of a pen nib brushing across parchment is amazingly therapeutic!  

A new independent shop has recently opened in Abbey Green Square, and it’s the sort of shop that
does everything! It has everything from crocheted blankets to butler’s gloves, and from specialist barbecue sauce to crispbread. When you think of an artisan shop, this shop surely has to be it, and it’s one that with departments from ‘Drinks and Bar’ to ‘Utility Room’ and ‘Stationary’ and ‘Glassware’, has all bases covered. So much so that it’s branching out even further. 

Recently The Foodie Bugle Shop at 2 Abbey Street, Abbey Green has started to host artisan workshops. Upcoming workshops include:

  • A photography workshop with award-winning photographer Jason Ingram on the 10th of March, which will cover everything from shooting flowers and products and rooms to shooting the landmarks and beautiful streets of Bath.

  • And a floristry workshop on February 17th, with professional florist and shop owner Lucy Simon who will teach the art of creating living spring wreaths, large flower arrangements for halls or mantelpieces, and dinner party jam jar posies.

However, the one that really caught our eye was the upcoming calligraphy workshop with Suzie Dicker, founder of the luxury London stationary and leather goods brand A L’Laise. On both Saturday February 4th and Sunday February 5th, Suzie will be hosting her workshop twice (10am-12:30pm and 2pm-4:30pm), and it will teach participants in a relaxed and friendly environment how to enhance their own natural hand writing style to create really beautiful, modern lettering which can be used on tags, cards, letters, party and wedding invitations. 

The workshop, which has an absolute maximum class size of 12 people, is suitable for all ages and abilities, including complete beginners, and promises to give those taking part the knowledge and confidence to go home and practice your new lettering with skill and poise. It also gives those taking part the tools to do this with, as all of the equipment that you’ll need during the class is free for you to take home: nib, nib holder, ink, calligraphy guide and practice sheets. We’re also tempted by the fact that the workshop includes hot and cold drinks, artisan pastries, homemade cakes and biscuits. Although this might mean that dropping crumbs onto our work might be a hazard…

The cost of the workshop is £60, and it sounded to us like an enjoyable and unique way to spend a morning in Bath if you were coming to visit Bath for the weekend. More information and tickets are available from, or via phone on 07762 330519.

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