Express to Impress.
Why I Am a Calligrapher
I want to live in a world where people are proud of who they are and have been supported in their joys and successes. Where people have also been supported and encouraged in failure and setback. I want to live in a world where we move forward together. Communication and celebration of diversity are key to this type of reality and calligraphy beautifully brings these elements together.
What I Do
I educate about history and practice of calligraphy and I am inclusive of others’ ideas and experiences. I am respectful of those experiences and boundaries throughout the discovery process. I look for what overjoys my clients, what adds a spark to our conversation and exchange. I draw from this energy and add lifestyle elements to the information we’re trying to convey, resulting in elegant pieces with heart. I consistently educate myself about printing processes and materials so the right possibilities for our collaboration come together harmoniously.
Your desire to use my work to express sincere communication inspires me to examine why we’re doing what we’re doing and use what I find in the depths to present it. Occasions can be any combination of casual, serious, personal, lively, expressive, chic, or minimal. Where you and your intent intersect is where I find my work.
My pieces are designed to delight and create a tactile experience. When the things I love about calligraphy — pen styles and textured paper, printing possibilities, and personal details — come together, they take the viewer’s breath away.
We enjoy items with our senses first. What could create more anticipation than a luxurious paper envelope with a little weight to it, addressed in calligraphy that you can’t resist running your fingers over? How ecstatic would you be if you were gifting a passage written on aged paper in an antique frame, ready to hang? You are the liaison between my work and what you’ll do with it next. I carefully pack and present you with final pieces that you can’t wait to show off.
Above all else, I believe in compassion and respect, both toward our individual selves and toward one another. There are many paths to self-knowledge and effective communication of boundaries, and to make any effort toward these concepts is progress. I also educate myself about inclusivity and anti-racism. This work and education will keep me busy for the rest of my life, so I’ll always have something to think about as I practice and write calligraphy.
When shopping for supplies or services, I prioritize local businesses first, especially if they’re women-led and minority-owned over large corporate companies. I abide by the concept that every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of world we want to live in. So conscious consumerism is important to me — where things are made, if they are reusable, compostable, or recyclable. In turn, this helps to protect nature.