For me, hand lettering is joyful music made visible. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, I got my start in Boston designing holiday gift wrap and gift bags — a unique learning experience. I worked in retail and in newspaper production during the day and freelanced late into the night. After stints in advertising and in printed textile design, I pursued a long-held interest and taught myself copperplate calligraphy and brush lettering from two great books. In addition, through online study I've been able to continue honing my skills. My process starts with ink on paper and then moves to the computer, where I turn my lettering into scalable vector drawings. I strive for a style that is expressive, elegant, and precise, and adaptable for stationery, paper goods, wall art, T-shirts, tote bags, and mugs.
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