Rachel Yallop – Calligrapher & Lettering Designer
My passion for letters stems from a life-long love of drawing. I first learned calligraphy and lettering design at art college and from that moment I was hooked. It was there that I was shown the work of 20th century German calligraphers, primarily Friedrich Poppl and Werner Schneider. Both Schneider and Hans-Joachim Burgert have been my biggest influences. I was taught formal and expressive hands, often on the same day, and I believe it was this that laid the foundations of my ability to write in many different styles. I also benefited from a thorough design training at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design followed by an MA at the Central School of Art in London.
Since leaving college I have pursued a freelance career as a calligrapher and lettering designer working mainly with design consultants and marketing agencies. I have worked on a large number of logos, particularly for packaging, as well as promotional material and stationery.
Since 1988 I have also been teaching a wide variety of calligraphic disciplines in art schools, and at conferences and workshops both in the UK and internationally.