Marian Riddell Calligraphy

Lettering Artist

2021 Italic Night Class

I will be teaching an Italic night class at Fraser High School, Hamilton in Term 1 of 2021.  Click on the link below to take to you Fraser High for more details and booking:
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2021 Workshops

Italic, Brush Lettering, Pointed Pen and Gothic Lettering workshops 

Come and join me for a Saturday workshop.  Great for beginners or those wanting to get some more practice time and help.  Held at Arts for Health, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton.  10 am - 3.30pm.  Spaces limited to 12.

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Marian lives in a rural setting close to Hamilton City, New Zealand where she runs her calligraphy business from home.
With over 30 years experience, she has completed a calligraphy course via the Society of Scribes & Illuminators UK (formerly run by the Roehampton University, London).  She has also attended a number of calligraphy workshops tutored by International Calligraphers both here in NZ and in Melbourne. 

Types of work completed:
Names on certificates, wedding stationery/signs, poems, matt boards, name plaques, family trees, presentations, menus, and one off calligraphy pieces.
Enjoy checking out the website and feel free to contact Marian if you have any queries or questions.

Price Guide (in NZ$)

Certificates name & date written in black waterproof ink onto pre-printed certificates.
Cost : 1-4 certificates $10 each   

          5-20 certificates $7 each.       

           Colour ink will be an additional cost  

Send me certificates with details to be added, please remember to include extra blank certificates.
Wedding Stationery guide:
Invitations can be designed at a one off cost. Artwork will be ready to take to a printer or print yourself.  
Guest names onto invites - $1.50 per line in black ink, $2.00 per line in gold or coloured ink.
Envelopes Addressed - $4 per envelope in black waterproof ink, $6 per envelope in gold or coloured ink.
Placename cards -
First name e.g. "Marian" $1 per name in black. $1.50 per name in gold or coloured ink.
First & surname e.g. "Marian Riddell" $2 per name in black or $3 in gold or coloured ink.
Please allow at least 2 weeks for completion and provide a few spares
Calligraphy commission - please contact me for a quote.

Please contact Marian for more information on pricing or to book an appointment.   New Zealand clients only.

Prices subject to change.

For more information

Contact Marian and provide the following information in your email:

  • Wording and any additional artwork information that is to be used
  • Your completion date
  • Pickup and delivery options (you can collect from Gordonton, or Marian can courier)
  • Quantities necessary for the job
  • Materials you would like used, (ie; paper, ink etc) (Marian will be able to guide you in this choice if you are unsure)
  • Email any images to Marian of what you are after
  • A 50% deposit will be required before proceeding with final calligraphy piece.

The more information the better. 


Planning is underway for 2021 workshops.  

Email me if you would like to go on the wait list.

I would love to have you come along to one of these courses.

Aimed at Beginners... to Intermediate level.

Saturday (10am - 3.30pm) Workshops:

Cost: $100 includes a comprehensive kit

April 18th - Brush Lettering  (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

May 16th - Gothic/Old English  (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

June 13th - Italic (sorry this one got cancelled as well!)

Feedback from previous workshops...

"This workshop was value for money - thanks so much".

"Great beginners course that covered what I wanted to know".

"Fantastic course - enjoyed it all!"

“I found this workshop amazing.  So much theory and materials to read.  Big, big, BIG thank you for the tools & materials.  I have never been to a workshop like yours.  Amazing.”   (Italic workshop)

Want to learn calligraphy?

Learn Calligraphy options:

1.  Private Lessons These are held on a Thursday or Friday at a time suitable to both parties.  Cost for a 2 hr lesson is $100 per person.  A substantial Work book is provided along with pencil, chisel felt pen and dip pen, nibs and ink  (Italic lessons).  Come along with a friend for a great 2 hrs intro to Calligraphy.   Italic is a great style to learn if you are a beginner.  2nd lesson is $80.

2.  Attend a Workshops (2021 details to come)

3.  Get a group of 5-10 friends together and I can put together a workshop for 2 hours in the day/evening.  You will need to provide a suitable sized room e.g. church hall etc.  I can provide the kits and teaching. Contact me for more info.  Prices from $100 per person.

4.  Attend an Italic night class at Fraser High school (details for Term 1 of 2021 are above).

Email me if interested

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