Tim has worked as a professional calligrapher, illuminator and heraldic artist for over thirty years. His work combines a thorough knowledge of both traditional and modern techniques and materials with an in-depth understanding of heraldry, symbolism, historical styles and natural history.
He specialises in formal calligraphic and illuminated documents and presentation scrolls, mainly on calfskin vellum. Many are official documents issued by or on behalf of HM Queen Elizabeth II, including illuminated Royal Charters.
Tim is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (FSSI), an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (HFCLAS) and a Full Member of Letter Exchange. In addition, he has designed many coins and medals for the Royal Mint, including One Pound coins, gold Sovereigns and three of the Queen’s Jubilee Medals.
Tim Noad is the author of the practical guide, The Art of Illuminated Letters (with Patricia Seligman, 1994), also published as The Illuminated Alphabet.