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Date published: 15th May 2019

North Norfolk District Council is hosting an exhibition by Norfolk calligraphist Carole Wilshaw, with her latest work on display at its Cromer office.

Carole initially trained in Graphic Design at the Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry in the 1960s/70s but her interest in calligraphy did not start until several years later when she learnt the basic rules of calligraphy and lettering in 1984 under the tutorage of David Gould, the founder member of the North West Calligraphy Association.

In 1993 Carole went on to become a tutor in Adult Community Education teaching calligraphy at evening classes, and at weekend workshops and summer play schemes for children. During this time she was studying for her Certificate in Education. Once qualified she taught calligraphy to adults for fifteen years at local further education colleges on the Wirral.

Calligraphy itself can be created in many forms - from just letters or a script set out on a page to a highly decorated or illustrated piece of work to a three-dimensional style which is achieved through the use of dip pens. The former style is the one that her latest collection focuses on.

Now retired and living in Norfolk she is a member of Norfolk Scribes, the group that allows her to work on such projects as her featured exhibition, “Pillars of Strength”. In this collection Carole mostly uses Designers Gouache for the lettering; often working on various backgrounds of tissue paper, Japanese silk paper or marbled papers and her work is usually decorated or illustrated.

You can see Pillars of Strength on display at the Council offices in Cromer Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

Last updated: 15th May 2019