posted on January 8, 2014
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.
I 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!
The site I am reworking for the calligraphy is in desperate need of an update, but has some links to the people I’ve worked with and publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings that have shown 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.