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a little bit about me.

Calligraphy by MCW was born from my love of design, fashion, art, typography and colour. Art, craft and design is in my genes! My Nana and my Dad both had their own fashion brands and I truly cannot remember a time when I wasn’t in love with design in some form or another. Growing up, I always hand-made cards and gifts and spent hours whiling away my time in little stationery shops that I would seek out, wherever I travelled.  

When I first discovered calligraphy, it was a way to switch off from my busy job and a way of further exploring my love of design.  Very quickly it became more than a hobby and I fell in love. I discovered pure joy in the written word. I loved the simplicity and magic of putting pen to paper and delighted in making words artfully dance across the page. I wanted to share my love of the written word and the joy it gave me with others and so, with a lot of amazing support from friends and family, I decided to set up Calligraphy by MCW in 2019.

My background in PR and marketing working with luxury brands, and my admiration of our design heritage in Ireland, has fuelled my passion for craftsmanship and beautifully made, sustainable pieces. 

Each Calligraphy By MCW piece is created carefully by hand: hand-written, hand-inked, hand-framed, hand-packed. A very personal process that I am so passionate about.

I hope you find joy in discovering the world of calligraphy!

Marie-Claire x




Quality and excellence are at the heart of Calligraphy by MCW.

From beautiful, luxury paper to quality wooden frames, each piece is designed to last a lifetime.


Sustainability is at the centre of the design process.

From framers to print partners, Marie-Claire works with trusted suppliers who share her values on quality and sustainability.


Delight in bespoke design.

Each piece is lovingly crafted by Marie-Claire Whelan in her signature handwritten style