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

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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