VersaChalk Artist of the Month this September- @Shemadeitlikethat
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started?
I’m a calligrapher, engraver, designer, amateur flutist, life-long learner, and mom of 4 boys turned business owner. I love decorating, creating thoughtful gifts for people who need a pick-me-up, and celebrating ALL the holidays (big or small) with fun traditions.
I got into calligraphy while recovering from a downhill skiing knee injury in January 2020. I needed something to engage my mind and creativity and haven’t been able to stop since! My first wedding project was a last-minute parasol order. The project was to paint floral spreads on 100 full-sized paper parasols, plus calligraphy on 15 for the bridal party, in a week and a half. I had parasols covering every surface of my house that week, but we got it done!
What do you love most about being a lettering artist/calligrapher?
My favorite part about being a calligrapher is getting to become friends with so many amazing people! Whether it’s fellow calligraphers, wedding vendors, business owners, calligraphy students, or couples, I’ve been blessed to meet and work with so many wonderful people I would otherwise have never met!
I love helping people find the right way to apply words thoughtfully and beautifully. I get energy from talking with clients about their vision for bringing extra meaning and life to their special moments. I really like finding ways to work with unusual surfaces. That helps bring out the words in a way that you can’t help but notice and enjoy.
What do you like to do in your spare time / Fun facts about yourself!
My favorite way to end the day is a bowl of ice cream with my husband. I’m a foodie, and good food is one of my love languages. We love to go out and try new foods (especially while traveling), experiment with new recipes, and cook for friends. I was diagnosed with Celiac almost 2 years ago, and while that has made being a foodie a bit more difficult, I’ve taken on the challenge of finding ways to re-create sumptuous versions of all my favorites.
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