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posted on January 8, 2014

Recession Profession


Over the years, clients have asked me to letter their wedding invitations—requests that I didn’t have time to engage until a few years ago, when many publication clients closed their doors and the illustration assignments were harder to come by. I decided to teach myself to do my own take on Copperplate calligraphy using a split nib pen. With practice, I was able to get good enough to make that work a part of my livelihood.

PICT0006I have been fortunate to work with a handful of high end event planners and caterers on incredible projects, and even do place cards and materials for talks by Desmond Tutu and Tony Blair, among others. Some of these assignments have meant hand lettering hundreds and hundreds names and addresses. Talk about writer’s cramp!

PICT0030Several blogs and publications including Martha Stewart Weddings have featured this work. Luckily illustration assignments are more plentiful these days, but since learning this skill, I am happy to be able to incorporate it into that work from time to time.


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