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about me - Oxford

Hello- I’m Emma, the person behind The Kind Designer! I am a modern calligrapher based in Oxfordshire and live with my husband (and childhood best friend!) Dan, our rescue dog Rosie and bearded dragon, Hans!

At 18, I completed a foundation diploma in Art and Design, exploring different artistic subjects and discovering a love for illustration and graphic design. I didn’t take this further as a career at the time, instead training to qualify as a Registered Veterinary nurse!

Although I enjoyed my nursing career, I wasn’t completely fulfilled. Almost 5 years later in 2020, I began learning calligraphy to express my creative side again, instantly falling in love with it! Calligraphy is a wonderful way to practice mindfulness, helping me to combat the burnout I was experiencing in my job.

I used my skills to create all of the on-the-day stationery and signage for my own wedding back in June 2021, and have since become a featured stationer for my wedding venue – Stratton Court Barn, as well as a recommended supplier for Rock My Wedding!

As well as creating stationery for weddings, I also design greetings cards, wall art and bespoke pieces – for example, a special poem, verse of lyrics or quote for all sorts of occasions. The possibilities are endless!

I am also the regional ambassador in Oxfordshire for The Modern Calligraphy Company – a huge honour, since I learned so many of my calligraphy skills with them! Click here to learn more, and book yourself on to one of my upcoming workshops!

I’m a huge animal lover, and spent my teenage years/early 20s rescuing any and every animal I could. I have been vegan since 2016, and everything I do is based around creating the least harm possible. With this in mind, all of my products are created using carefully sourced cruelty free and vegan materials, and all of my packaging is plastic free, compostable and/or recyclable!