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In 1986, I qualified from Reigate School of Art and Design, Surrey, on the Calligraphy, Heraldry and Manuscript Illumination course with Anthony and Margaret Wood and have worked for several years now as a freelance calligrapher and heraldic artist, firstly at home in Glasgow and subsequently in Edinburgh.
My course at Reigate was highly specialised but it was a very welcoming place so despite being my first time away from home, I loved being there and met some wonderful people who are some of my closest friends to this day.
After graduating, I began working as a freelance Calligrapher and Heraldic Artist and in 1989 was taken on as one of the heraldic artists in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh where we, as a group of artists, write and paint the Letters Patents and Matriculations for Arms' documents on calfskin vellum which legally grant their bearers Armorial Bearings - or 'Coats…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 27
  • Joined October 2, 2010

Favorite materials

Gouache, watercolour and inks on calfskin vellum, art board or watercolour paper, gold leaf, shell gold

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About

In 1986, I qualified from Reigate School of Art and Design, Surrey, on the Calligraphy, Heraldry and Manuscript Illumination course with Anthony and Margaret Wood and have worked for several years now as a freelance calligrapher and heraldic artist, firstly at home in Glasgow and subsequently in Edinburgh.
My course at Reigate was highly specialised but it was a very welcoming place so despite being my first time away from home, I loved being there and met some wonderful people who are some of my closest friends to this day.
After graduating, I began working as a freelance Calligrapher and Heraldic Artist and in 1989 was taken on as one of the heraldic artists in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh where we, as a group of artists, write and paint the Letters Patents and Matriculations for Arms' documents on calfskin vellum which legally grant their bearers Armorial Bearings - or 'Coats of Arms'. as they are more generally known.
I began to paint illuminated initial letters and gave them as gifts to family and friends and that grew into painting other letters others' friends and in 2000, I joined a local Arts Co-operative in Edinburgh, and shortly afterwards was accepted to display and sell my handpainted initials and cards at 3d2d Art and Design Fairs around Scotland - which I continue to do.
More recently I am delighted to have been accepted as a Craft Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts, UK, and so can use the letters SHA along with my Reigate Diploma of SDAD.

Follow my heraldic work in the Court of the Lord Lyon - Courtartists.co.uk/ ClareMcCrory
Facebook - as Clare Mccrory Heraldic Artist - please like and follow me.
See also my website - http://claremccrory.artweb.com

I handpaint every original item listed in my shop - except for the giclee prints and my new range of printed heraldic animal cards - where you can choose from single letters handpainted in color (or gilded in fine gold or Palladium for silver leaf) with floral and heraldic designs to be given as custom birthday gifts. Double (or triple) initials for Weddings or for Special Anniversaries : Original Scottish Calligraphy pieces for reminding someone of a wonderful holiday or record where your family originally came from.

Please note, I accept Custom Orders so please feel free to send me a message or convo me if you have a specific idea of what you want - or if you'd like help choosing something.

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