One way to make your paper products a little more personal, a little more special, is to use a calligrapher. A unique handwritten font can really set the tone for your wedding day! Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Nicole Black, owner of The Left Handed Calligrapher. Let’s see what she has to say! (All photos courtesy of The Left Handed Calligrapher)
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
I started my calligraphy business in August of 2007. I got married the April before and had such a positive reaction to my calligraphy that I decided to try a little shop. It helped that my mom was a creative entrepreneur when I was in grade school, so the skill set needed to make the creative and business merge was an example of living while I was growing up.
Describe your favorite type of client.
I love a client who loves paper. Who values paper. Who respects paper. As a person who is all those things – the connection is instant. No matter the budget or the style – a paper person will always be my favorite type of client.
What makes you different at what you do?
I am a classically trained calligrapher… who is young. So I am knowledgeable on the classic hands and also have a whimsical side that works for the modern styles. I have found a way to marry the pen and ink with technology making calligraphy available on many levels in the ever changing world of events and social gatherings.
Why do you think your clients hire you?
My clients pick me because I have a strong foundation to make beautiful letters. My work is meant to be pretty and legible. It is meant to make you stop and say – wow, this is by hand. Some one who cares touched each item of this (product) to celebrate with me and for me.
Tell us about some unusual items you’ve been asked to do calligraphy on for weddings!
I have written on: people, sea shells, star fish, wine bottles, drift wood, metal, glass, mirrors, chalkboard, wood, large walls, live leaves, concrete, brick, Spanish tile, fabric and a guitar.
Do you have a funny story to share about a previous event?
Gosh, I do not get to travel to my events very often; but I did get to work on-site for one in Oklahoma and wound up standing on a ladder in mud to complete (amend) the directional signage once it was in place. It’s a tough and dirty job – calligraphy. 🙂