Sally-Mae Joseph is a calligrapher, illuminator and lettering artist with an international reputation.
She trained at Reigate School of art and Roehampton Institute, London and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in 1991. Since then she has worked as a freelance calligrapher, illuminator, lettering artist, teacher and produced two DVD's on gilding.
Her commission work has been many and varied over the years. Some examples are, the Test Flying Memorial Roll of Honour, Gallantry Awards for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Friends of the Musicians Memorial Book, Logo designs, specialist certificates for the British Antique Dealers Association and vellum scrolls for Chatham House. Alongside this traditional work she has writes out poems for clients, wedding and party stationery and will take on anything big or small that needs lettering of any kind.
Six years of her twenty three year career as a calligrapher, illuminator and lettering artist she spent working in Wales on the extraordinary Saint Johns Bible project under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson.
Teaching has always been a passion for Sally-Mae as she loves to pass on her skills to others. She has taught in many places in the UK, including on the Degree course at Roehampton Institute and Kensington Palace London and at West Dean College, West Sussex. Internationally she has taught in Finland, Australia, Belgium and the USA.
Alongside her commission work and teaching she has exhibited and sold widely. Sally-Mae has a love for medieval miniatures and through this has mastered the techniques of gilding and painting, which is a passion of hers, but likes to give a contemporary twist to her work. Her interest in text, pattern, gold and the meaning of the words makes for pieces that sing with colour and life.