Where did the Lupine Letters story begin?
My love affair with handwriting and the written word dates back to the 90s when passing notes in the hallways were still cool.
Sending and receiving notes has thrilled me since my childhood. At the age of eight or nine, I had a pen-pal that lived thousands of miles away in Germany. We would consistently exchange letters, tucking in a photograph here or there and sharing about the recent events in our lives. As I grew the letters turned into notes passed between friends in the school hallways and safely stored in the bottom drawer of my nightstand. (Side note: a few years ago I uncovered a few of these notes. Cringeworthy!)
Somewhere during middle school or high school, e-mail and AIM was introduced. Soon, instead of exchanging notes we were meeting each other in the online space to exchange information and my love of letter writing was replaced with the curiosity of technology.
This interest was all but forgotten until the fateful day I discovered the beautiful art of calligraphy.
Yes, it’s true what they say. The days may be long but the years are short. I can attest to this.
The year calligraphy entered my orbit, I would fall into bed at the end of each day completely exhausted from the hours spent pouring into my two small children. I had full arms and a full heart but I was in desperate need of a creative outlet.
One night, as I sat on the floor in my four-year-old’s dark bedroom, tickling her back to help her fall asleep, I stumbled upon a calligraphy kit on Pinterest. Before I even had a chance to talk myself out of it, I purchased a DIY kit from Ashley Lurcott, the brains behind The Modern Calligraphy Summit.
Soon, after I mailed out Christmas cards, thank you notes, and birthday invitations, all adorned with calligraphy.
Over the past six years, I have slowly been refining my craft and eagerly learning from some of the best in the business. Along the way, in the hours spent perfecting letter shapes, I rediscovered my love for the written word.
Beneath all that, is the ebb and flow of creativity. That spot where order and art merge into something poetic.
Who knows how many nibs I’ve gone through since then, but one thing is for certain — between the upstrokes and downstrokes are many experiments, some missteps, and a lot of experience.
As a self-taught artist, with courses and hours of practice under my belt, I’ve studied the rules of design.
And, if you’re anything like me, you know rules are meant to be broken. 😉
I combine my love for letterforms with iconic timeless design, influenced by fashion, interiors, nature, and naturally, some of the greatest love stories of all time, to create thoughtful wedding stationery for the modern, romantic bride.
Welcome to Lupine Letters!