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Core Contributors

Molly Suber Thorpe Calligrafile Founder & core CONTRIBUTOr Athens, Greece Molly is a calligrapher, teacher, and author. Her first book, Modern Calligraphy, has reached tens of thousands of budding calligraphers, and is available in Spanish and Chinese translations. Her second book, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook came out in May 2017 and addresses the business side of lettering arts. Molly graduated from UCLA's Design Communication Arts program in 2009 with a concentration in typography and layout design. Prior to that, Molly studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris. After spending nearly a decade in Los Angeles, Molly now resides in Athens, Greece, where she works with clients all over the world. Plurabelle Studio →

Molly Suber Thorpe

Calligrafile Founder & core CONTRIBUTOr

Athens, Greece

Molly is a calligrapher, teacher, and author. Her first book, Modern Calligraphy, has reached tens of thousands of budding calligraphers, and is available in Spanish and Chinese translations. Her second book, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook came out in May 2017 and addresses the business side of lettering arts.

Molly graduated from UCLA's Design Communication Arts program in 2009 with a concentration in typography and layout design. Prior to that, Molly studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris. After spending nearly a decade in Los Angeles, Molly now resides in Athens, Greece, where she works with clients all over the world.

Plurabelle Studio →

Carla Hagan Core cONTRIBUTOR Palm Beach, Florida, USA Carla is a calligrapher, engraver, and teacher with over twelve years experience as a professional calligrapher. Her calligraphy has been featured in Brides Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, and numerous online publications. Carla’s calligraphy education began with a gift of a calligraphy set from her grandmother which led to a lifelong love for the art of calligraphy and hand lettering.    Carla is the mother of four and enjoys life with them close to the beach.  Carla Hagan Designs →

Carla Hagan

Core cONTRIBUTOR

Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Carla is a calligrapher, engraver, and teacher with over twelve years experience as a professional calligrapher. Her calligraphy has been featured in Brides Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, and numerous online publications. Carla’s calligraphy education began with a gift of a calligraphy set from her grandmother which led to a lifelong love for the art of calligraphy and hand lettering. 
 
Carla is the mother of four and enjoys life with them close to the beach. 

Carla Hagan Designs →

Tristan & Michelle of Besotted Blog lettering Archivists USA Tristan B. & Michelle P. are is the creators of the popular "Lettering Rx | Paper to pixel," the fastest way to clean and digitize hand lettering and line art in Photoshop. They're also the duo responsible for the product photography editing tool, "Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper." Their celebrated blog, Besotted, is a creative resource repository to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life. Over the years, these two have interviewed some of the world's preeminent lettering artists and shared valuable resources for budding calligraphers. They've now teamed up with Calligrafile on the Besotted Archive, cataloging this vast collection of articles and tutorials. Besotted Blog →

Tristan & Michelle of Besotted Blog

lettering Archivists

USA

Tristan B. & Michelle P. are is the creators of the popular "Lettering Rx | Paper to pixel," the fastest way to clean and digitize hand lettering and line art in Photoshop. They're also the duo responsible for the product photography editing tool, "Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper." Their celebrated blog, Besotted, is a creative resource repository to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Over the years, these two have interviewed some of the world's preeminent lettering artists and shared valuable resources for budding calligraphers. They've now teamed up with Calligrafile on the Besotted Archive, cataloging this vast collection of articles and tutorials.

Besotted Blog →

Joy Fairclough founding CONTRIBUTOr Paris, France Joy is an American calligrapher residing in Paris, France. Her calligraphic work for luxury and couture brands has received international renown, and was recently featured in Vogue Paris. She organizes her life around two disciplines: Ashtanga yoga and calligraphy. In the practice of each, she finds absorption and balance. The inspiration for her studio's name comes from her love of the blues of the South of France and the blue and white hand-painted tiles which the French call bleu faïence. Studio French Blue →

Joy Fairclough

founding CONTRIBUTOr

Paris, France

Joy is an American calligrapher residing in Paris, France. Her calligraphic work for luxury and couture brands has received international renown, and was recently featured in Vogue Paris. She organizes her life around two disciplines: Ashtanga yoga and calligraphy. In the practice of each, she finds absorption and balance. The inspiration for her studio's name comes from her love of the blues of the South of France and the blue and white hand-painted tiles which the French call bleu faïence.

Studio French Blue →

Kelly Chilton CONTRIBUTOR Costa Mesa, California, USA Kelly earned a B.A. in Graphic Design and spent years as an Art Director and graphic designer before transitioning into calligraphy. She specializes in pointed pen calligraphy and loves to experiment with line, flourishing, and more recently, graphite. Her lifetime loves are music and the ocean which are often integrated into her work. She is the calligrapher and artist behind Lovers and Dreamers, doing commission and wedding work. Kelly is a sailor, scuba diver, and competitive rower. She lives with her two children in Southern California. Lovers and Dreamers →

Kelly Chilton

CONTRIBUTOR

Costa Mesa, California, USA

Kelly earned a B.A. in Graphic Design and spent years as an Art Director and graphic designer before transitioning into calligraphy. She specializes in pointed pen calligraphy and loves to experiment with line, flourishing, and more recently, graphite. Her lifetime loves are music and the ocean which are often integrated into her work. She is the calligrapher and artist behind Lovers and Dreamers, doing commission and wedding work. Kelly is a sailor, scuba diver, and competitive rower. She lives with her two children in Southern California.

Lovers and Dreamers →

Isabel Urbina Peña CONTRIBUTOR Brooklyn, New York, USA Isabel Urbina Peña is an Art Director originally from Venezuela. She runs her own studio in Brooklyn, New York, focusing on books, lettering, typeface design, and experimental handwriting. In 2015, she was named a New Visual Artist: 15 under 30 by PRINT Magazine. She's a Type@Cooper and ProDiseño alumna. In her spare time she teaches, speaks at conferences, draws zines, and runs Yes, Equal (yesequal.us). Isabel Urbina Peña →

Isabel Urbina Peña

CONTRIBUTOR

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Isabel Urbina Peña is an Art Director originally from Venezuela. She runs her own studio in Brooklyn, New York, focusing on books, lettering, typeface design, and experimental handwriting.

In 2015, she was named a New Visual Artist: 15 under 30 by PRINT Magazine. She's a Type@Cooper and ProDiseño alumna.

In her spare time she teaches, speaks at conferences, draws zines, and runs Yes, Equal (yesequal.us).

Isabel Urbina Peña →

Joy Deneen core CONTRIBUTOr Montréal, Canada Joy is a calligrapher, teacher and writer who specializes in pointed pen calligraphy and hand lettering. She currently serves as International Workshops Coordinator and Membership Chair for La Société des calligraphes de Montréal and is also core contributor for UPPERCASE magazine. Originally from California, Joy graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2003.  She and her husband relocated from Los Angeles to Montréal in 2013.  imaginejoy calligraphie →

Joy Deneen

core CONTRIBUTOr

Montréal, Canada

Joy is a calligrapher, teacher and writer who specializes in pointed pen calligraphy and hand lettering. She currently serves as International Workshops Coordinator and Membership Chair for La Société des calligraphes de Montréal and is also core contributor for UPPERCASE magazine. Originally from California, Joy graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2003.  She and her husband relocated from Los Angeles to Montréal in 2013. 

imaginejoy calligraphie →

Suzie McKig CORE CONTRIBUTOR Berkeley, California, USA Suzie McKig is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Ink.Academy, the world's first international calligraphy school. Suzie fell in love with calligraphy as co-owner and creative director of Twig & Fig, a luxury invitation design company. Working closely with wonderful calligraphers over the years sparked her own passion to learn. Seeking out a structured resource for an ongoing calligraphy education, she thirsted for more in-depth study than weekend workshops and annual conferences, so she founded her own school. Based in Berkeley, California, Ink.Academy is accessible internationally through a sophisticated, rigorous online program. Among its offerings is a Master Certification Program in Penmanship with Master Penman Michael Sull at the lead. The school will offer many online courses, retreats, and in-person workshops. Ink.Academy has a wider vision not only to educate but to fully support calligraphers — with business and marketing skills, technical skills, and a jobs resource board. Ink.Academy →

Suzie McKig

CORE CONTRIBUTOR

Berkeley, California, USA

Suzie McKig is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Ink.Academy, the world's first international calligraphy school. Suzie fell in love with calligraphy as co-owner and creative director of Twig & Fig, a luxury invitation design company. Working closely with wonderful calligraphers over the years sparked her own passion to learn. Seeking out a structured resource for an ongoing calligraphy education, she thirsted for more in-depth study than weekend workshops and annual conferences, so she founded her own school.

Based in Berkeley, California, Ink.Academy is accessible internationally through a sophisticated, rigorous online program. Among its offerings is a Master Certification Program in Penmanship with Master Penman Michael Sull at the lead. The school will offer many online courses, retreats, and in-person workshops. Ink.Academy has a wider vision not only to educate but to fully support calligraphers — with business and marketing skills, technical skills, and a jobs resource board.

Ink.Academy →

Ashley Bush FOUNDING cONTRIBUTOR Radford, Virginia, USA Ashley is a letterer and invitation designer, specializing in calligraphy, brush-lettering, and watercolor design. She also owns and operates the Ash Bush calligraphy pen + accessories shop. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and spent the first 5 years of her professional career working at magazines and design firms. She now works mainly in the wedding industry with stationery goods, and develops pens and calligraphy accessories in an effort to help other lettering artists on their creative journey. Ash Bush Lettering & Design →

Ashley Bush

FOUNDING cONTRIBUTOR

Radford, Virginia, USA

Ashley is a letterer and invitation designer, specializing in calligraphy, brush-lettering, and watercolor design. She also owns and operates the Ash Bush calligraphy pen + accessories shop. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and spent the first 5 years of her professional career working at magazines and design firms. She now works mainly in the wedding industry with stationery goods, and develops pens and calligraphy accessories in an effort to help other lettering artists on their creative journey.

Ash Bush Lettering & Design →

Leanda Xavian FOUNDING CONTRIBUTOr Surrey, England Leanda began her journey in calligraphy following a long career as a graphic designer, both in London and Athens. In 2008, she set up her first studio, One Little Bird, producing typographic prints. Her desire to move away from computer-based design led her to explore hand-lettering and she hasn’t looked back since. In 2015 The Fine Letter Co. was established. As well as working on commissions, Leanda is passionate about teaching the art of modern calligraphy. Born and raised in England, she has a special affinity with her husband’s native land of Greece and spends every summer there. The Fine Letter Co. →

Leanda Xavian

FOUNDING CONTRIBUTOr

Surrey, England

Leanda began her journey in calligraphy following a long career as a graphic designer, both in London and Athens. In 2008, she set up her first studio, One Little Bird, producing typographic prints. Her desire to move away from computer-based design led her to explore hand-lettering and she hasn’t looked back since.

In 2015 The Fine Letter Co. was established. As well as working on commissions, Leanda is passionate about teaching the art of modern calligraphy. Born and raised in England, she has a special affinity with her husband’s native land of Greece and spends every summer there.

The Fine Letter Co. →

Younghae Chung CONTRIBUTOR Irvine, California, USA Younghae is a left-handed calligrapher, teacher, and designer. Her journey into calligraphy began in November 2014 with a desire to hand letter custom prints for her home. After learning how to write with a pointed pen, her curiosity and love for the arts quickly turned into a passion. In addition to designing prints and lettering for weddings and events, Younghae loves inspiring others to learn calligraphy. She hosts workshops in Southern California and will be teaching an online course for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 in February 2017. Born and raised in New York, she now enjoys living in California with her husband and two little boys. Logos Calligraphy →

Younghae Chung

CONTRIBUTOR

Irvine, California, USA

Younghae is a left-handed calligrapher, teacher, and designer. Her journey into calligraphy began in November 2014 with a desire to hand letter custom prints for her home. After learning how to write with a pointed pen, her curiosity and love for the arts quickly turned into a passion. In addition to designing prints and lettering for weddings and events, Younghae loves inspiring others to learn calligraphy. She hosts workshops in Southern California and will be teaching an online course for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 in February 2017.

Born and raised in New York, she now enjoys living in California with her husband and two little boys.

Logos Calligraphy →

Mary Ellen Seidman CONTRIBUTOR Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Mary Ellen is a professional calligrapher specializing in weddings, logos, and custom-designed maps. Her calligraphy journey began many years ago as a stay-at-home mom to three young children. Looking for a creative outlet for her artistic yearnings, she took her first formal calligraphy class and fell in love with pen and ink. Working part time as a calligrapher while raising her children allowed for many years of practice and study. In 2010, Calligraphy by Mary Ellen became a full time business offering traditional and modern calligraphy, hand lettering and digital design. She is an active member of the Philadelphia Calligrapher’s Society and IAMPETH, and continues to look for ways to grow in her art.  Calligraphy by Mary Ellen →

Mary Ellen Seidman

CONTRIBUTOR

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Mary Ellen is a professional calligrapher specializing in weddings, logos, and custom-designed maps. Her calligraphy journey began many years ago as a stay-at-home mom to three young children. Looking for a creative outlet for her artistic yearnings, she took her first formal calligraphy class and fell in love with pen and ink. Working part time as a calligrapher while raising her children allowed for many years of practice and study.

In 2010, Calligraphy by Mary Ellen became a full time business offering traditional and modern calligraphy, hand lettering and digital design. She is an active member of the Philadelphia Calligrapher’s Society and IAMPETH, and continues to look for ways to grow in her art. 

Calligraphy by Mary Ellen →

Jake & Hannah Weidmann Core cONTRIBUTORs Denver, Colorado, USA Jake and Hannah Weidmann are husband and wife whose life together started with a letter written in Spencerian script and sealed with wax. Jake is a professional artist and certified Master Penman. The youngest in history among twelve existing Masters today, Jake received his Master Penman certificate through the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July of 2011. While he works across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy, Jake is most well-known for his use of traditional calligraphic flourishing and hand-lettering in the context of his fine art. With a life surrounded by art and a love for the written word, Hannah finds herself running the ins and outs of their fine art business as co-owner and executive director. From fulfilling orders to communicating with international museums, Hannah is also a writer by profession and passion. Jake and Hannah find their gifts complementary both in marriage and business as they live by the phrase: "Alone we perish, together we flourish." Jake Weidmann →

Jake & Hannah Weidmann

Core cONTRIBUTORs

Denver, Colorado, USA

Jake and Hannah Weidmann are husband and wife whose life together started with a letter written in Spencerian script and sealed with wax. Jake is a professional artist and certified Master Penman. The youngest in history among twelve existing Masters today, Jake received his Master Penman certificate through the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July of 2011. While he works across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy, Jake is most well-known for his use of traditional calligraphic flourishing and hand-lettering in the context of his fine art.

With a life surrounded by art and a love for the written word, Hannah finds herself running the ins and outs of their fine art business as co-owner and executive director. From fulfilling orders to communicating with international museums, Hannah is also a writer by profession and passion.

Jake and Hannah find their gifts complementary both in marriage and business as they live by the phrase: "Alone we perish, together we flourish."

Jake Weidmann →

Bailey Amon Rivera CORE CONTRIBUTOR Denver, Colorado, USA Since starting her calligraphy practice in 2009, Bailey Amon Rivera has extensively studied many different calligraphy styles, both pointed pen and broad edge. She has trained with some of the most renowned calligraphers, including, Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, Master Penman Jake Weidmann, Master Penman Rosemary Buczek, Michael Ward, Dennis Brown, Sharon Zeugin, Yves Leterme, as well as many others. Because of the diversity of her training, and her continuous study of traditional script calligraphy and penmanship, Bailey's professional lettering work is distinctive and unique. Bailey is also co-founder of Antiquaria, a high end stationery company and design studio, opened in 2010. Through her work with the company, she is able to design lettering of varying styles for their popular line of greeting cards and notebooks sold in stores worldwide. Bailey's Portfolio →

Bailey Amon Rivera

CORE CONTRIBUTOR

Denver, Colorado, USA

Since starting her calligraphy practice in 2009, Bailey Amon Rivera has extensively studied many different calligraphy styles, both pointed pen and broad edge. She has trained with some of the most renowned calligraphers, including, Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, Master Penman Jake Weidmann, Master Penman Rosemary Buczek, Michael Ward, Dennis Brown, Sharon Zeugin, Yves Leterme, as well as many others. Because of the diversity of her training, and her continuous study of traditional script calligraphy and penmanship, Bailey's professional lettering work is distinctive and unique.

Bailey is also co-founder of Antiquaria, a high end stationery company and design studio, opened in 2010. Through her work with the company, she is able to design lettering of varying styles for their popular line of greeting cards and notebooks sold in stores worldwide.

Bailey's Portfolio →

Lauren Essl FOUNDING CONTRIBUTOR Forth Worth, Texas, USA Lauren is a calligrapher and designer with a passion for weddings and stationery. She has taught pointed pen calligraphy for the past four years, developing fun, colorful workshops, and has traveled from east to west coast and everywhere in between teaching her passion. Her work has been widely featured, and her stationery has been sold throughout the U.S. at Anthropologie stores. Lauren lives in Texas with her husband and three rescue dogs. Her company is named for her dog Olive's blue and brown eyes. Blue Eye Brown Eye →

Lauren Essl

FOUNDING CONTRIBUTOR

Forth Worth, Texas, USA

Lauren is a calligrapher and designer with a passion for weddings and stationery. She has taught pointed pen calligraphy for the past four years, developing fun, colorful workshops, and has traveled from east to west coast and everywhere in between teaching her passion. Her work has been widely featured, and her stationery has been sold throughout the U.S. at Anthropologie stores.

Lauren lives in Texas with her husband and three rescue dogs. Her company is named for her dog Olive's blue and brown eyes.

Blue Eye Brown Eye →

Pieter Boels CONTRIBUTOR Antwerp, Belgium Pieter Boels is a graphic designer and letterer living and working in Antwerp, Belgium. His work is marked by strong typography, with a focus on hand lettering and calligraphy. His portfolio includes corporate identities, books, catalogues, murals, shop windows, brochures, posters, websites, packaging and the occasional tattoo. Pieter received his Master's degree at St-Lucas School of Arts in 2008 and set up his own studio in 2012. Since then he has worked with a bunch of awesome people in the commercial and cultural sector. Next to assignments Pieter also creates a lot of personal work, constantly exploring new visuals and techniques. Humor is an important factor in this, following the mantra that life is too short (or too long) not to have a lot of fun. Pieter Boels Studio →

Pieter Boels

CONTRIBUTOR

Antwerp, Belgium

Pieter Boels is a graphic designer and letterer living and working in Antwerp, Belgium. His work is marked by strong typography, with a focus on hand lettering and calligraphy. His portfolio includes corporate identities, books, catalogues, murals, shop windows, brochures, posters, websites, packaging and the occasional tattoo. Pieter received his Master's degree at St-Lucas School of Arts in 2008 and set up his own studio in 2012. Since then he has worked with a bunch of awesome people in the commercial and cultural sector.

Next to assignments Pieter also creates a lot of personal work, constantly exploring new visuals and techniques. Humor is an important factor in this, following the mantra that life is too short (or too long) not to have a lot of fun.

Pieter Boels Studio →

Joanna Muñoz CONTRIBUTOR Los Angeles, California, USA Joanna is a letterer and designer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and works as a full-time art director at a digital production studio by day. Her creative studio, Wink & Wonder, was established in 2013 and was born from a desire to take a break from the digital space and create artwork by hand. In her spare time, Joanna takes on freelance commissions from a wide range of local and international clients with projects involving custom hand-lettering, logo design, wedding signage and more. Wink & Wonder →

Joanna Muñoz

CONTRIBUTOR

Los Angeles, California, USA

Joanna is a letterer and designer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and works as a full-time art director at a digital production studio by day. Her creative studio, Wink & Wonder, was established in 2013 and was born from a desire to take a break from the digital space and create artwork by hand.

In her spare time, Joanna takes on freelance commissions from a wide range of local and international clients with projects involving custom hand-lettering, logo design, wedding signage and more.

Wink & Wonder →

Rachel Yallop CONTRIBUTOR United Kingdom Rachel Yallop is a British calligrapher and lettering designer. Her love of letters stems from a lifelong passion for drawing, with her original calligraphic works exploring form, space, tension, and freedom of line. She studied at Ravensbourne and then the Central School of Art & Design in London, gaining an M.A. in 1985. Rachel has pursued a freelance career specializing in creative and expressive calligraphy for 30 years. For much of this time she has also taught a wide variety of calligraphic and design disciplines in art schools, and at conferences and workshops both in the U.K. and internationally. Rachel Yallop →

Rachel Yallop

CONTRIBUTOR

United Kingdom

Rachel Yallop is a British calligrapher and lettering designer. Her love of letters stems from a lifelong passion for drawing, with her original calligraphic works exploring form, space, tension, and freedom of line. She studied at Ravensbourne and then the Central School of Art & Design in London, gaining an M.A. in 1985.

Rachel has pursued a freelance career specializing in creative and expressive calligraphy for 30 years. For much of this time she has also taught a wide variety of calligraphic and design disciplines in art schools, and at conferences and workshops both in the U.K. and internationally.

Rachel Yallop →

 

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