Anne Hechle was born in India of English parents; the family returned to England in 1945. At the age of 13 she began learning calligraphy at school, and went on to take a general art course at Reigate School of Art, Surrey. She attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London from 1958 to1960, studying calligraphy chiefly under Irene Wellington* as well as with Dorothy Mahoney*, Ann Camp, William Gardener and M.C. Oliver*. At the Central School she began to explore the meanings of words and the inclusion of images and symbols in her text which led to her mature creative work.
In 1960 she embarked on a freelance career in London, encompassing commissions (public and private), exhibitions, workshop teaching and lecturing. From 1975 to 1990 she was based in Bath, after which she moved to near Frome in Somerset, where she is currently based. She also travels widely. Anne Hechle's major commissions include those in the Roman Baths Museum (a mural,1977), the Victoria and Albert Museum (a sampler,1979), and the Edward Johnston Foundation, Ditchling (a journal on sacred geometry, 1999). She co-wrote a monograph on Irene Wellington entitled More than fine writing, published in 1986.
*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection.