Meet Christen – Calligrapher & Teacher in Norfolk, VA


From the moment the tines of my pointed pen nib split, I was hooked on calligraphy and have not looked back. I have been a professional calligrapher and designer since 2015 and have a particular passion for traditional scripts because they never go out of style! I specialize in both broad edged and pointed pen calligraphy and offer wedding and calligraphy heirloom commissions.

I am a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild and the  International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)–I make calligraphy education and creative agility a priority. I am the co-founder of Tidewater Scribes, a calligraphy group in southeastern Virginia.

Calligraphy commissions, wedding work, calligraphy community, calligraphy classes

The Calligraphy Podcast

When I’m not working on weddings or commissions, I cohost The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art, while cultivating community along the way. Join Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and I as we delve into all things pen and ink. Each episode will feature a new topic or special guest from the calligraphy community. From gabbing about favorite supplies, recommended resources and tips for beginners, you can be part of the greater conversation about calligraphy.

Some of our special guests have included Suzanne Cunningham, Dr. Joe Vitolo, Master Penman Jake Weidmann, Marisa Jackson and Randall Hasson.

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If you are searching for an inspiring conversation about the art of calligraphy, listen to these artists. The sound quality is excellent and the information rich. The mentoring found here on The Calligraphy Podcast is what every writer needs. Whether you’re a beginner or a master, you’ll enjoy this place of learning and discussion.
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Recent Features, Speaking Engagements & Classes

Letters from Quarantine Demo

I demonstrated calligraphy with Old Dominion University and shared about how nearly 150 calligraphers from around the world sent each other mail during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Washington Calligrapher's Guild Event

The Washington Calligrapher’s Guild in Washington D.C. invited me to share about digitizing calligraphy at one of their local meetings.

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IAMPETH Conference Teacher 2019

I taught “The Digital Quill,” a class about digitizing caligrapher at the IAMPETH annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Feature in Scripta Magazine

The Philadelphia Calligraphers Society interviewed Ajab and I about The Calligraphy Podcast and published the interview in their magazine.