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CLAS Festival 2022



Update on Susan Moor who was due to teach at Festival this year: Susan died on Monday May 16 following a devastating cancer diagnosis only four weeks earlier. We are still in shock and trying to come to terms with the loss of our wonderful friend, teacher and chairman of Northumbrian Scribes. A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Wednesday June 1st at St Andrews Church, Roker, Sunderland.

Information on festival: Lieve Cornil


In this workshop we will take inspiration from German calligrapher and typographer Hermann Zapf (1918-2015). We will explore the crossover of typedesign and calligraphy. We will look into how written forms influence drawn shapes and how we can reinterpret the drawn shapes into different written forms.

We will focus on Zapf italic-based fonts such as Zapfino and explore more free compositions.


Taking further inspiration from the lettering and typefaces of Hermann Zapf, we will explore a series of different hands which lay at the origin of the typographic Civilité characters. Again, we will create an exciting exchange between written and drawn letterforms, placing it in a historical context and encouraging you to develop these characters in a more personal way. Each class works independently, but complements the other for those interested in taking both.


Where doing calligraphy started as a hobby in 1988, it became more serious as time went on. After signing up for many workshops, I decided to get a fulltime training at the Scriptorium de Toulouse (FR) from 1992-1994, specializing in formal calligraphy, letterdrawing and graphic design. I was lucky to continue my education with Thomas Ingmire (USA) and Arne Wolf (USA) in California, focusing more on expressive calligraphy.

I returned to Europe in 1995 and have been a professional freelancer lettering artist since then with a profound passion for teaching. My career brought me to different places, starting in London, moving back home to Bruges (B) after a stopover in Nantes (FR). This international adventure has been a big influence on me as a person and as a designer. It also helped to shape the long-term educational lettering programme offered by the European Lettering Institute which I set up in 2009. ELI combines education and creative entrepreneurship. It is a wonderful opportunity to pass on lettering skills to a future generation of professionals.

 www.studioxii.com – www.letteringinstitute.com – www.delettercommerce.be


CLAS Festival of Calligraphy is an unforgettable week of new calligraphic experiences. This is a yearly event, usually held in August, with 80 spaces and 5 simultaneous workshops running daily.

World class tutors teach a variety of courses in lettering and associated arts.

It is a joy to spend the week immersed in this special world with such wonderful practitioners as fellow delegates; some with lifelong knowledge, others coming for the first time but able to dive in and soak it all up in a great atmosphere. It is also a place to meet like-minded people and make new friends. And, it is FUN!

2021’s Festival was a wholly home grown affair due to Covid 19, so we are especially pleased to bring you an exciting group of national and international tutors for 2022, and a great venue which gives us a really good level of hospitality and comfort.

The event will now take place from the 14th– 20th August 2022 at the Scarman Conference Centre at Warwick University.

This location is easy to get to by private and public transport and is close to Birmingham Airport for our international delegates. The Scarman Centre is looking forward to hosting CLAS again in 2022 and to continuing their experience of close contact with the world’s finest calligraphers!

Amity Parks, the American lettering artist, is bringing her sharp pencils and keen eye to us along with bold and blended capitals being given a contemporary and colour blended look.

Andrea Wunderlich, from Bavaria, will be pimping up our Italic and taking us into the Universe of the pointed brush.

Julia Baxter, a demonstrating medieval scribe and Illuminator, is giving us her take on Medieval Minuscules and Capitals.

Susan Moor – please note, due ttto illness Susan Moor is unable to teach at festival this year and those sessions will be taken by Lieve Cornil as outlined above. 

Vivien Lunniss, calligrapher and author will be teaching Eastern flavoured scripts and a variant of Uncial with the pointed nib.






Please take a look at the websites and links and enjoy what’s in store for us in 2022.


CLAS Festival 28. Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7SH

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For information on available spaces – contact festival@clas.co.uk

Please email your completed form with your payment to festival@clas.co.uk

CLAS members’ fees are discounted by £40.

2022 Festival of Calligraphy Application Form 

Festival of Calligraphy payment page

Please note, we cannot process applications without the deposit, and the full payment where a late application is made after 1 May 2022.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you.

Lou Goolnik and Charm Brown

CLAS Festival 2022 Directors