Sarah is a girl after my own heart. Her hand lettered invitations, delicate drawings, and all around romantic calligraphy collections are everything I look for in my hunt for wedding details. She has a creative heart, and a bright soul that makes her to easy to talk to. We connected on Instagram, as most artists do, and instantly wanted to collaborate with each other. When I got a package from her in my mailbox, I wanted to do a little happy dance. But that excitement was nothing compared to when I saw her designs in real life! Let me tell you, gold ink on handmade paper will make you instantly feel like royalty!
I'd love for you to meet Sarah and get to know what makes her so special, asides from her amazing work. We did a quick Q&A, but if you'd like to know her better, give her a follow on instagram @sarahbcalligraphy.
- In three words or three small phrases, who are you?
Creative, Honest, Determined
- What piqued your interest in calligraphy?
While I was searching for a job after graduation and a marketing internship, I wanted something new to dabble in that kept my creative spark going. I've always been a fan of typography and practiced hand-lettering in and out of college. One day I decided that the next type-based area I wanted to explore was calligraphy. I taught myself on a whim and have never looked back.
- What is your favorite part about lettering?
We grew up learning a specific way of learning letterforms. I think we all can agree that we learned the basics and put our own personal spin to it. That's exactly how I am with calligraphy. I learned the basics of typography and calligraphy and broke some of those rules! My personality really shines through it. I love that aspect!
- Do you have a specialty in your services? Or a service that people may not know about?
One service I really enjoy is calligraphing vows and love letters. I love transcribing people's emotions and love through something that some people may find mundane. Paper is a fundamental part of our lives from our birth certificate to a marriage certificate. Why not have your thoughts about your true love on a beautiful piece of paper with gorgeous custom calligraphy? This service I offer is perfect for the Paper Anniversary, Valentine's Day, birthdays, and the wedding day!
- You're a very talented artist, what else do you do besides calligraphy?
Calligraphy is definitely something I am continuing to learn. I don't think we should every stop learning! I am actually a bit of a collector of hobbies. I love photography, dance, circle weaving, and hand-embroidery. Anything I do has to have some kind of art basis. I love expressing myself through many forms of activities.
- Do you mostly serve weddings?
Yes, weddings are my primary source of my business. However, I'm working on a beautiful sweet sixteen suite that I'm so excited about. I love weddings because that is much more my style at this point in my business.
- What do you like to do on your off days?
On my off days, I spend time with my family while crafting something with my hands. If I don't have an oblique pen holder in my hand, I have a hoop and embroidery thread. It's really relaxing and gives me a chance to catch up on TV shows.
- Why Community over Competition?
In the beginning, we think we HAVE to do everything on our own or we won't succeed. That is SO wrong. I've connected with so many talented, gracious, and kind creatives. We partner and collaborate with each other all of the time. Any time someone asks me questions or if I see questions in different Facebook groups, I always try to answer because I wish I had had that in the beginning. We all have to start somewhere, and it's great to have a little help from friends and other creative entrepreneurs. It's about working together to make something wonderful. If we were all competing, my job would not be an fun and satisfying.
- What is your dream or vision for Sarah B Calligraphy?
I'm living it right now! I have amazing clients who share common styles as I do. They're my ideal clients. We laugh and create some amazing and unique paper pieces which they love and their guests enjoy. I do hope to grow more each year and continue to get amazing clients. My mission for my business is to empower love with lettered details. I want the pieces I create to share a story.
- What is the most important piece of advice you have for your clients?
One thing I like sharing with my clients is to enjoy the wedding planning process. There is no reason to get stressed out. Little things seem big at the time, but they'll be something you won't even remember after the wedding. What you'll remember is the look in his eyes, the joy from your family, the delicious food, and the support of your loved ones.