Originally from south Africa, I moved to Australia in 1977 with my English husband Ian. Prior to this I had lived in England for several years where I first became aware of the art of calligraphy.

I settled in the coastal city of Geelong, and after attending local community classes in calligraphy in the late 80’s, I enrolled into the certificate of calligraphy at the Melbourne College of Decoration where I graduated in 1992.

My desire to learn more led me to Jill Colebatch and the For The Love of Letters course in 1994 and 1995 where I feel I matured greatly as a calligrapher under expert guidance. Since then I have been lucky enough to continue learning with Jill and fellow students, who remain a constant source of inspiration and support to me.

I have been a member of the Calligraphy Society of Victoria for many years. While I have benefited a great deal from the many workshops they have held over the years, recently I have had the honour of conducting some myself on the art of Decorated Letters.

While I love all forms of lettering - traditional and contemporary, decorated letters hold a special place in my heart. I love all decorated letters from Romanesque to Modern day. I have always had a fascination for variegated background patterns - commonly known as ‘diapers’. Many of these letters can be seen in the Visconti Hours. I have shown some examples of letters with geometric diapers in my gallery. However, you will have to imagine the gold as that unfortunately does not come through over the computer.

Margaret can be reached via email

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