Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Long gone are the days of traditional calligraphy where every descender, every ligature was exactly the same. Modern calligraphers are turning out charming work that thrives in the beauty of inconsistency. While I designed and printed my own wedding invitations back in 2004, I didn't trust my penmanship skills enough to address them. For that, I enlisted Rebecca Trawick of Bluebird Studios. Not only was she prompt and professional but her work was simply beautiful. As if her lettering weren't engaging enough, she also creates charismatic collages out of vintage, found ephemera and her own illustrations.

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls is the creative genius behind most of the calligraphy work seen in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings. Originally a graphic designer and ceramic artist, May broke into calligraphy after her husband gifted her with a class in said art. She does work for numerous publications and private clients including lettering, maps and full invitation suites.

Another occasional contributor to Martha Stewart, Betsy Dunlap, has a style somewhat reminiscent of Ralph Steadman, albeit with a more cheerful flair. Flighty, quirky, and fun, Betsy's work is truly a joy to behold.

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