Hi! My name is Jessica and I am a self taught modern calligrapher from a small seaside town called Deal in Kent, UK. I am a recent Journalism graduate freelancing in TV in London, sofa surfing across the city.
When not working in TV, I am the business owner and modern calligrapher behind 'Boards by jess'. From a very young age I have been very creative interested in design and events. My creativity almost came to a halt when I moved to university to study journalism where all my focus went into my course (and the socialising too of course!) I was using my creativity in other ways or occasionally for parties, birthdays and at Christmas.
The three years whilst I had been studying I was working at a wedding venue in Kent called 'The Blue Pigeons' as a waitress during the term holidays. Th Every Saturday morning it had become my job to create wedding signage on the venue's in house chalkboards. I started to love the role and was becoming obsessed with calligraphy and pinning chalkboard ideas and designs to my Pinterest board.
In August 2018 I set up a Instagram page, called 'Boards by Jess' to share the copious amount of pictures I had on my phone of chalkboards and drawings I had done at work. (Looking back at them now they were awful so that's how I know I really have improved massively over the last two years!) I borrowed a chalkboard ordered some pens and continued to practice my hobby from home for no reason other than enjoyment and used instagram as a platform to share my work.
From one message asking if I would create a welcome sign for a wedding, I have found myself with a business that is growing whilst I become more and more passionate about it. I am now completely surrounded by wonderful calligraphy projects for all occasions. I had no idea what was next after university but I have found myself obsessed with the art of modern calligraphy which has helped me find my passion for creativity again.