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Calligrapher for Team USA - 2016 Rio Olympics

Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

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Rio Olympics 2016 Team USA Calligrapher - Houston Calligraphy

It has been a tremendous honor and my pleasure to provide calligraphy for Team USA for the Rio 2016 Olympics.  It was all very "hush-hush" with contracts and such, but my role was to calligraph names for EACH Olympic athlete, coach, staff member etc.  So of course, that was over 1,000 people hence I worked on-site at the Olympic processing center for the athletes for a few weeks.  I must admit that it was pretty groovy writing out all of the names of those whose talent we have come to love and admire. 

It was truly a cool experience and I honestly felt very proud to assist those that represent our awesome country better known as the United States.  Cheers! 

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Laser cut Names & Dessert Signs - Houston Hand Lettering

So I've created these laser cut names for place cards ---people's names, but as always my clients are the best resource that I have for new ideas.  This client said that it would be really great if she had names for the ice cream bar at my wedding.  Seriously?!  A) Super cool that you are having an ice cream bar at your wedding. B) Let's take this sign idea to the next level....Let's laser cut it!....BOOM!  Love it!  

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White Marble Tile Calligraphy because WHY NOT?! - Houston Hand Lettering

Something new for the cool kids....You know that I get bored easily and needed something new to write on.  AND I have had easily 4 or 5 clients in the last month ask about something white for place card calligraphy that is exactly the same size from tile to tile (not a variation like the agate stones).  So they aren't "completely" white as there is slight gray marbling in there, but MY GOODNESS these tiles look gorgeous and calligraph well too.  I came across these white marble tiles a few weeks ago & I had them shipped straight from Italy.  We're getting fancy over here :)  

The size shown is 4" x 4" (hexagon shape) and I will also offer them in 3" x 3".  The 4" ones are PERFECT for escort card calligraphy and hand lettering as they easily allow for me to write first & last names (long ones too :)) and a table number.  I can write table numbers on the 3" ones too if you like.  These are in the Etsy shop today.  Links to each writing style via clicking the pictures below. Cheers!

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Commercial Houston Hand Lettering

So the secret's out...I'm making a departure from wedding calligraphy in the way that I have been running my business for the last 3 years.  Still creating those cool reception pieces - agate stone calligraphy, mirror seating chart calligraphy, ceramic & marble tile calligraphy, laser cut placecard calligraphy (of course engraving too 😉) and I'll add something else to the list if it's groovy & different.  However, I am departing from wedding invitation design & envelope addressing with the exception of my commercial accounts.

With that said, I participated on a commercial shoot last week for Slinging Ink (commercial hand lettering side of my business) and here is the result.  We went for chaos & beauty for a food account.  We loved it and hope that you do too!  Cheers! 

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Fragrance Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

Quite often, I am asked "so you are a calligrapher/penman/engraver?  How do you make a living at that?"  Well, here is one way....fragrance bottle engraving.  The last 2 weeks have been fragrance bottle engraving events nonstop for Mother's Day.  I LOVE IT!  It was such a pleasure working with PradaCalvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Chloe yesterday.  

I love that I am able to use my love of hand lettering, calligraphy & engraving AND make a living.  Who could ask for more?  If you noticed that my business is making a departure from wedding invitation design and wedding envelope addressing, you would be correct.  I absolutely ADORE making the reception pieces (tiles, agate stones, mirror seating charts, laser cut wood calligraphy) and those will REMAIN as interestingly they have become what I am known for :).  Hope you enjoy this journey as much as I am.  Cheers!

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Black Agate Stones as Place Cards - Houston Hand Lettering

As my work ventures more and more away from paper, I love the hand lettering opportunities that have presented themselves as well as the artistic freedom.  These black agate stones were created for an event in LA with gold ink.  I'm truly adoring using anything but paper.  Cheers! 

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