Malktime Photography


Google Arts & Culture
Michael Kors
Martha Stewart
Lonely Planet
Alfred Coffee


Los Angeles Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Guardian

Molly’s work is a combination of modern, pointed pen calligraphy and digital hand lettering. She is credited as a driving force behind the modern calligraphy movement and achieved renown for her book, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013).

Since 2009, Molly has created custom hand lettering for clients including Google Arts & Culture, Michael Kors, Martha Stewart, Lonely Planet, and Fendi. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Weddings, Los Angeles Times, Country Living, and Buzzfeed.

She is also the author of three books about calligraphy. Her first, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), is a beginner’s guide covering the basics of pointed pen calligraphy. The second, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook (2017), is a guide for crafting a thriving freelance career out of hand lettering. Her newest book, Mastering Modern Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2019) picks up where her first leaves off. It is an in-depth guide to modern calligraphy, and the perfect companion for pointed pen and digital calligraphers alike.

Molly also loves to teach! In addition to teaching in-person calligraphy workshops, Molly is also bears the badge of Top Teacher on the Skillshare platform, with over 16,000 students and 700,000 minutes of watch time.

In 2016 Molly founded, a curated database of resource links and products for calligraphers, hand lettering artists, type enthusiasts, and creative freelancers.

Molly graduated from UCLA’s Design Communication Arts program in 2009 with a concentration in typography and layout design. Prior to that, she studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris.

Today, Molly lives in Athens, Greece, with her partner and their incorrigible cat Marlowe.




Print Features


Online Features


Press Links

Los Angeles Times
Modernizing her Ps and Qs: Calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe

Paper & Ink Arts
Review: Mastering Modern Calligraphy

The Wall Street Journal
Pens for Better Penmanship

The Guardian
Worth Its Weight in Paper

Creative Empire Podcast
Episode 99

Voyage LA Interview
Conversations with the Inspiring Molly Suber Thorpe

20 Thoughtful Gifts For The Bookworm In Your Life

Uppercase Magazine
The Calligraphy Issue (No. 23)

Bound & Lettered
A Personal Pointed Pen Style

The Postman's Knock
Review: The Calligrapher's Business Handbook

The Postman's Knock
Review: Modern Calligraphy

DIY Save the Date by Molly Suber Thorpe

Ellsworth American
Artist Shares Passion for Art of Calligraphy


Google Arts & Culture
Lonely Planet
Martha Stewart Weddings
Michael Kors
Alfred Coffee
J. Jill
Victorio & Lucchino
Neenah Paper
Tv Only International
Vogue Footwear
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Koei Tecmo



University of California, Los Angeles
Design Communication Arts
Los Angeles, California

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Prose Poetry
Boulder, Colorado

The American University of Paris
Art History, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing
Paris, France

Awards & Recognition

The Calligrapher's Business Handbook a #1 Amazon bestseller in two categories: Calligraphy and Business of Art, 2017

Modern Calligraphy named an "Favorite Craft Book," 2013

Awarded the badge of Skillshare Top Teacher

AIGA (Re)design Award for Cultural Responsibility
First in three categories in collaboration with Softfirm Studio; 2011



Founder of, the first resource of its kind for lettering artists

Graphic designer of Google Arts & Culture's print graphics

Guest lecturer on graphic design and its intersection with hand lettering, University of California at Los Angeles Extension

Guest lecturer on digital applications of calligraphy, The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts


English (native) • French (fluent) • Greek (basic)