Selected Features & Clients include Wayfair.com, Love Wins Texas Magazine,
Houstonia Magazine Online, and Catalyst Wedding Magazine.
What makes my calligraphy unique to me?
I pride myself on an organic, brushy style of watercolor calligraphy. I love texture and the warmth of hand lettering, and to me a bit of melody in a line adds character and charm. There are artists who pride themselves on their perfect copperplate, and rightfully so. But I am happiest when my letters dance across the page to a an upbeat rhythm.
I have always loved lettering.
When I was a little girl my grandmother had a copy of J. Albert Cavanagh’s book, Lettering and Alphabets: 85 Complete Alphabets. I would take it down from where it was nestled between old Hollywood biographies and 1960's comic books and lay on the carpet with it, flipping through its pages like it was Teen Magazine. I studied those letters for long hours, completely fascinated. (But you can bet I went back later for the comics.)
I opened my Etsy shop, HeyBernadette.etsy.com in 2013, and started with custom painted cake toppers and clay jewelry. But lettering was always at the back of my mind calling to me, asking me when I would be ready. But calligraphy is a skill as much as a talent and I needed to learn and be trained before I could step confidently into that world.
After shipping hundreds of pieces of handmade jewelry to fourteen different countries, I took a step back and realized that even on my busiest days I was never fully satisfied with that pursuit. So in my down time I returned to my truest artistic obsession, hand lettering and illustration. I practiced calligraphy day in and day out, studying letters, drilling curves, hunting down and curating the perfect materials until I had everything just right. One terrifying, exhilarating day I packed up my clays for good, brought my inks and watercolors front and center on my work desk and switched to calligraphy and illustration exclusively. I haven't looked back.
Now I create custom pieces for weddings, parties, brick & mortar shops as well as individuals. Every order feels to me like a firm handshake, and I return that trust in my work.
Drop me a line if you're interested in working with me or if you'd just like to say hello!
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