For me, hand lettering is joyful music made visible. After receiving a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, I moved to Boston and got my start developing motifs for holiday gift wrap — a great learning experience. I worked in retail and in newspaper production during the day and freelanced late into the night. After a stint as a junior art director at an ad agency and having my first child, I pursued a long-held interest and taught myself both brush and copperplate calligraphy. In the years since, which have included having two more children, I've learned to how to work digitally, vectorizing my pieces so that they can be used at any size. I strive for a style that is elegant, warm, and precise, and am eager to create designs for stationery, paper goods, and anything else that can be enhanced with lettering.
My husband, three daughters, and I have lived in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. We are happy to now be back in my hometown on Long Island, New York, near lots of boats and pebbly beaches.
Photo by Jennifer Barnes Eliot