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The Designer

Patricia Barth is a unique specialist in this art not only in Australia but worldwide. Born in Launceston, Tasmania (an island state in the south), she began her working life as a Primary School Teacher in Burnie in 1972. In 1974 she embarked on her second trip to Switzerland, land of her ancestors. She earned her living initially as an English teacher. But soon her love of lettering and family history became evident. Family trees are more traditional in European culture. After seeing her maternal family tree at age 15 the seed for Patricia's future was sown. Hooked on the art of beautiful lettering, she made it her profession.

Professional Training

In 1981 Patricia returned to Australia and opened her first Studio in Brighton, Victoria. This was the year she completed her first family tree for a cousin's wedding present. It was so well received that Patricia decided to make this her specialization. Over the next 10 years she travelled to UK & USA and back to Switzerland attending summer schools, conferences and workshops with internationally recognized tutors (Sheila Waters, Peter Thornton, Anne Hechle, Thomas Ingmire, Donald Jackson, Dave Wood & many others). Patricia consolidated all her tuition by enrolling in a one year course at Roehampton Institute, London in 1995 gaining a Certificate in Calligraphy & Bookbinding.

Commercial Studios

Commercial Design Studios

In 1989 Patricia opened her first commercial studio in leafy Middle Park making her work more visible to the public. Her clientele grew rapidly. An introduction to well-know genealogist Nick Vine Hall the same year, led to a perfect team. Within two years they opened a FAMILY HISTORY GALLERY in Albert Park. Together they travelled to Genealogical conferences in UK and USA, both giving lectures in their field of expertise.

Calligraphic charts have been a well established tradition in Europe for many centuries for well educated people, less so for the working class man. Patricia hopes to change this practice. Her designs are for any family who has a story to tell. In 2001 the Genealogical Society of Victoria held the first ever FAMILY TREE COMPETITION in their Jubilee Celebrations. Patricia won the first and second Prizes.

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