Practicing the art of modern calligraphy
By Maria Allen Photography by Julia Cumes
Back when DiMaggio was getting into calligraphy, there were no hands-on classes available locally. DiMaggio borrowed books from the library and practiced writing the alphabet until she had developed her own style. She officially established her business, Allison Kathleen Calligraphy & Design, in 2011 and now supplements her income as a graphic designer and calligrapher by teaching Sip & Script classes on the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands.
Sip & Script classes are often held in local bars and restaurants and include 1.5 hours of hands-on instruction on the elements of modern calligraphy. Each student receives a beginner’s calligraphy kit that comes with all the tools needed to practice at home—a straight pen holder, two nibs, black ink, and two alphabet guides. Participants learn how to hold their pen, dip the nib into the ink and delicately sweep it across a sheet of paper. It is an art that takes practice to perfect. Precision and patience are key. Students leave with the skills and tools needed to begin adding special lettering details to letters, home decor and more.
You can follow along with all of Allison DiMaggio’s projects on Instagram at
or learn from her at one of her upcoming Sip & Script events.
Upcoming Calligraphy Classes
Modern Calligraphy at 1620 Wine Bar, 170 Water St., Plymouth
Modern Calligraphy at RSVP Hingham, 37 Main St., Hingham