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

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!

Contact Me.

General Contact

Feel free to get in touch by filling out the contact form to the right, or email me at judith@judithnessstudio.com.

Follow Me

Send A Message