Photo credit:  Stephanie Bassos

Photo credit: Stephanie Bassos

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website!

I am an independent calligrapher, pen maker, and artist, born and raised in Seattle, currently living life in the lovely Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Calligraphy is a family tradition that began four generations ago with my great grandfather, J.F. Hook. He  was an instructor of Business and Ornamental Penmanship at Temple University in the early 1900’s. I never met the man, but pieces of his that I now have in my home, hung on the walls of my paternal grandparents house on Whidbey Island when I was a kid. His delicate flourished birds and pointed pen work inspired me then and continue to influence both my artistic and professional work to this day. Art supplies of all kinds for painting, drawing, as well as numerous kinds of crafts, were always readily available throughout my childhood. I started making pictures before I learned to write, and was playing with calligraphy pens before I finished elementary school.

I spent two years at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, then another two at Western Washington University, and gained an excellent foundational education in visual arts practices and criticism. I came to Chicago in 2007 to earn my MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and haven’t found a good reason to leave yet.

In 2015 I took a leap of hope and traded my day job for full time self employment. I love what I do and am grateful that I’m able to do draw upon my personal history and wealth of experiences in just about everything I do these days.

I offer a wide variety of calligraphy and lettering services including common needs like envelope and escort card addressing, as well as spot calligraphy and design work for invitations, cards, and certificates. My focus is on traditional and historical scripts. I love the precision of pointed pen calligraphy and I am particularly drawn to script styles developed around the turn of the 19th–20th century, but I also like to do a little bit of just about everything.

In addition, I take great pleasure in serving the professional and amateur calligrapher community as maker of hand carved pen holders. I offer custom fit, handmade, ergonomic calligraphy holders that reduce the strain that comes with the long hours of writing associated with being a practitioner of the calligraphic arts.