"Calligraphy"- the lost art of beautiful writing....I have been a calligrapher for many years. I taught calligraphy for four years at Austintown and Boardman Continuing Adult Education programs and the Jewish Community Center. At this same time I was active with my graphic design business. As the design business became more demanding a decision was made to end my teaching career. However, it did not end utilizing my calligraphic skills for corporate or private applications. Many logos and logotypes emerged for local companies using this artform. "The Difference", "Adamas Jewelry and Gifts", "The Speaker Shop", the "Upstairs" are a few of these works.
Advertising your company has one constant- your logo, logotype, or identity. This image becomes a common denominator associated with you on all forms of promotional materials. A logo may be letters and/or a design while a logotype is your company name which, may or may not include artistic elements. .... At right is an example combining the two for an architect's package. Below is the logotype for a menswear store in Boardman Ohio.
Commissioned works for weddings and private functions have been numerous. Along with addressing envelopes, custom designed invitations are offered. Applying my design background with calligraphic skills have resulted in endless possibilities for many applications. Calligraphy remains a wonderful, personal touch for any special event. Call to arrange an appointment so we can begin working on your event or project soon!
The holiday card was commissioned by a private individual residing in Germantown, a historical district in Columbus Ohio. I drew the house from the customer supplied photo in pen & ink and applied the calligraphic message inside and out. It was printed on watercolor paper on a commercial printer with matching deckle edged envelopes. The original drawing, larger than the printed card, was matted and framed.
at the right.... The baby shower invitation and thank you card featured a sugarplum fairy and toys. Matching placecards featuring each toy was used as a way to distribute door prizes. A single sugarplum fairy was the new Mom's placecard. Calligraphy personalized each placecard.
below left.... a sign-in sheet for guests at a "Jack&Jill" wedding shower in a flower garden - details... calligraphy, handpainted flowers, guests wrote their names and a little message on the hand lined sheet.
below right.... an annual gathering when sisters return each Spring from Florida. This was a single card with a pocket where the actual invite was inserted.
below left...a group of wedding invitations. below center & right.... special events call for special toasts- one toast in Polish, one Italian. The toasting cards were at each place setting. One accompanied a shot glass, one a champagne flute. Table tents directed the guests to their tables. The Polish wedding included the wedding dinner menu placed under a clear glass plate. Continuing their theme, "sweet endings" cards were tied on to boxes of chocolates and placed on the pillows of guests staying at the host hotel. Simple, memorable... special touches marking the extension of family.