Atelier Imagine Joy is a calligraphy and design studio, specialized in custom paper goods and hand lettered details for weddings and special occasions. 


Joy Deneen is a calligrapher, teacher and writer. She currently serves as president of La Société des calligraphes de Montréal and is also a core contributor for UPPERCASE magazine and Calligrafile.  Her calligraphy has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Air Canada enRoute Edition, Elegant Wedding and Mariage Québec, as well as on blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled and 100 Layer Cake. She has worked with companies such as Mont Blanc, GUESS, Lululemon, Royal Bank of Canada, DAVIDsTEA and Le Gala Québec Cinéma. 

Joy has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil and is a lifelong bibliophile, often pulling inspiration from her library of children’s books, classic literature and the works of Shakespeare. She finds calligraphy to be the ultimate synthesis of what she loves: language, art and human connection. 

Originally from California, Joy graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre.  She and her husband Michael moved from Los Angeles to Montréal in 2013.  


La Société des calligraphes de Montréal
President (2017-present), International Workshops Coordinator (2013-2017), Membership Chair (2016-2017), Vice President (2014- 2016), Arabesque Editor (2013-2015)

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting - Member (2014- 2017)

Society for Calligraphy, Southern California
Member (2010-present), Calligraph Editor (2012 - 2014), Vice President (2010-2013)

CoachArt - Mentor & Art Teacher (2008-2013)



  • "Colour in a Can: The History of Spray Paint" - UPPERCASE #36
  • "Measuring Up With Rulers" - UPPERCASE, #35
  • "A Calligrapher's Library" - Calligraph 2017
  • "Ruling Lines" - UPPERCASE, #34
  • "Form, Function and Mud" - UPPERCASE #33
  • "Of Pigments and Memories" - UPPERCASE #32
  • "Folded Pen Friday" - Calligrafile
  • "The Costumer's Companion" - UPPERCASE #31
  • "Pensmith: The Oblique Delights of Christopher Yoke" - UPPERCASE #30
  • "From Rag to Paper: A Visit Inside Papeterie Saint-Armand" - UPPERCASE, #29
  • "Philatelic Atrocities: Niko Courtelis" - UPPERCASE #26
  • “Weaving Stories: Sarah Swett’s Tapestry Journey” – UPPERCASE, #24
  • “Jake Weidmann: A Modern Master of the Pen” – UPPERCASE, #23
  • “Make Your Mark: From Handwriting to Drawn Letters” – Calligraph, 2014
  • “Garbage Beauty” – UPPERCASE, #20
  • “The Personality of Letterform” – L’Arabesque, Winter 2014
  • “Garbage Beauty” – L’Arabesque, Fall 2013
  • “Studio Spaces” – Calligraph, 2013


Coins et recoins de Montréal - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Librarie Bonheur d'occasion - 2017
Ombre et lumière - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Galerie Mile-End - 2016
Marquer le temps  - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Galerie Mile-End - 2014
Beyond the Words - Society for Calligraphy - MUZEO (Anaheim, California) - 2014
Letters: An Expression of Culture - Society for Calligraphy - Chapman University Leatherby Libraries - 2012


Letters California Style Conference (Pomona, California)
Order & Chaos with Massimo Pollello
Rediscovering Italic
with Monica Dengo
Spencerian Script with Harvest Crittenden
Fraktur with Luca Barcellona
Textura with Marco Chioini

Letters California Style Conference (Pomona, California)
Pointed Pen Variations with Barbara Close
The Personality of Letterform with Randall Hasson

Master Class with Sheila Waters

Italics and Beyond with Sharon Zeugin
Art Journaling with Janet Takahashi

Stylized Writing with Georgia Deaver
Italic with Carrie Imai

Copperplate with Xandra Zamora
Brush Lettering with Linda Hirsch


Seattletters (International Calligraphy Conference in Bellingham, Washington)
Ruling Pen Techniques & Copperplate Variations with Rachel Yallop

Writing 2017 Symposium (Kyoto, Japan)
Letterworks International Calligraphy Conference (Ogden, Utah)
On the Edge of the Flab Brush with Tom Kemp
Brush Fiesta with Yves Leterme
Pointed Pen Variations with Barbara Close
Digital Lettering with Christopher Rouleau

IAMPETH Convention (Portland, Oregon)
Spencerian Script with Harvest Crittenden
Broad Pen Uncial with Cora Pearl
Pointed Pen Uncial with Barbara Close
Engrosser's Text with Vivian Mungall

Roman Capitals with Annie Cicale
Foundational Hand Deconstructed with Christopher Haanes

IAMPETH Convention (Nashville, Tennessee)
Offhand Flourishing with Jake Weidmann
Spencerian Meets Engrosser's Script with Michael Sull and Barbara Calzolari
Brush Lettering with Linda Schneider
Graphite Workshop with Amity Parks

Sign Painting Workshop with Pierre Tardif