Bar Mitzvah Celebration | Menu Card, Candy Centerpieces
Tomorrow is Friday
Custom designed Invitation and Menu card | Musical Scale flat printed Half tone, Text Engraved
Southampton Birthday
Jersey Shore Wedding / Custom Blackboard Escort List
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Bickham Script
Mixed Greens Events by Alana Rose Designs / Freestyle Cursive
Wedding Suite | Save the Date, Wedding Invitation, Rehearsal Dinner Invitation and Wedding Program Book
Wedding Invitation Suite in Bickham Script
Botanic Garden Gala Escort Table
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Flourished copperplate
Italic Escort Envelopes
'Mirrored Escort List' | Hand written on Venetian Mirror
Wedding Program/ Engraved Family Crest
Birthday Celebration
Hand calligraphy engraved invitation
New Jersey Wedding
Hand bordered, Engraved Fancy Monkey | Letterpress Text
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Italic
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Playful Italic
Wecome Box / Wedding Logo Etched
Mixed Greens Events by Alana Rose Designs / Freestyle Cursive
Place card
The Bride/ Green Vilage, NJ
Welcome Box / 'Family Favorite Things
Wedding Ceremony | Wave Hill. New York
Place Cards in London Script
Escort card table | Copperplate script
Wedding Invite/ Letterpress in Italic Script
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Oxford script, raised 'r'
Summer Birthday Luncheon | Menu place card, Custom Pad Favors
Calligraphy addressed envelope | Uncials
Graduation Celebration | Custom Bandana Menu and Table accessories
Concert & Holiday Dinner
Place card
Birthday Celebration in Italy
Festive Southampton Party
New York Botanic Garden Spring Gala
Copperplate Calligraphy Poem
21st Birthday Celebration, Custom Logo Cake and Cookies
Save the Date/ Itinerary for Celebration in Scotland
Hand beveled, engraved Menu | Oxford Script
Top of the Rock Wedding
40th Birthday Celebration NY Style

About Me.

About Judith Ness

In the 1950s when penmanship was part of every elementary school curriculum, it was not only my favorite subject, but also the one In which I excelled. So it was not surprising that some 20 years later while attending a small dinner party, I was drawn to the host’s hand written place cards. A few weeks later, I enrolled in a calligraphy class at Pentalic in New York City. After years of practice and further classes at The New School and Calligraphy Workshop, I launched the Judith Ness Design Studio over 40 years ago.

Our clients include The New York Botanic Garden, The Juilliard School, The American Ballet Theatre, The Academy in Rome, The John Soane Foundation, The Aspen Institute and Janet Simon Inc., as well as the top NYC wedding and event planners.

We are based in New York City, but have clients across the country. I have been a member of The Society of Scribes for more than 25 years.

My Services.


  • Custom Hand Calligraphy or Typeset
  • Weddings Suites, Save the Dates, Ceremony Programs, Menus
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Other Social Functions


  • Weddings
  • Stationery

Event Calligraphy

  • Envelope addressing
  • Escort cards
  • Place cards
  • Table numbers
  • Escort boards

Day of Event

  • Calligrapher on site
  • Event decor

Plus anything you don’t see here… just ask!

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