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Meet Jo

A pen in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other (and maybe a few in her hair, but who's keeping track). Melbourne calligrapher and Artist are two adjectives a young Joanna would only dare dream of being called one day. Hailing from the land of delicious food and coffee, Ipoh lass Jo would never have dreamed that one day, the humble pen would bring her on adventures around Malaysia, Singapore and Australia working with dream clients such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and many many more. 

Jo's love for calligraphy stemmed from her grandfather who taught her cursive at the age of 7. Till this day Grandpa Chia is fondly remembered for his beautiful penmanship and penchant for sneaking chocolate treats for the grandkids. After working as an engineering researcher and obtaining her doctorate in 2015, Joanna took a plunge of faith and ventured into the world of art and calligraphy. Having honed her skills under the tutelage of Master Penmen and renowned calligraphers, today her calligraphy has graced corporate branding, logos, events, weddings and has steadily built a client portfolio of international and local brands. In her spare time, she teaches calligraphy to both adults and children.

She has been featured in various publications, including Harper's Bazaar, CLEO, Elle and is one of Malaysia's Top 10 Calligraphers (Tallypress). Jo also appeared on NTV 7's Bella, where she got to chatter excitedly about her passion for letters and mission in reviving this long forgotten art. She believes that even as we live in an ever exciting digital world, there is something magical and transcendental about transferring thoughts unto paper, of encapsulating personal messages in handwriting, something uniquely intimate to each individual. If you would like to get in touch for event and private session bookings, she'd love to hear from you at hey@quirky-bydesign.com