Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. No I don't - but if something in the town continuing education booklet jumped out at me - I would jump on it - that is if I had the time!!
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. I don't - number of envelopes, color of ink, time frame that's about it. Artwork - it just depends on the piece.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I went to school to be an art teacher - but I didn't get to do my practice teaching, then I got married etc. and never went back and did it. I regret it now - but I have had the luxury of doing so many unbelievably creative things - designing bookcovers for Large Print books doing all kinds instructional media for the phone company. Designing the town booklet and drawing various town land marks for the Chamber of Commerce in my town. Working with so many interesting people and always being able to do something creative to help out various causes.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Wedding Calligraphy - but I have been getting more call for my regular artwork.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. I did a sequencing book for school - The Old Lady that Swallowed Some Leaves - the pictures were great - a little bit more of a cartoon style - but it was awesome. I also made a candycorn wreath for my daughter in law that is pretty neat! And of course I am always proud of my invitations - just doing placecards now for an October 23 wedding!
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Please just give me a chance - I won't break the bank! I just want to draw and color and have people enjoy what I do. I will begin to make money when you tell a friend and they tell a friend but for right now I just want to work. I never miss a deadline - so brides if you think it's too late to have your invitations addressed - Call me - I haven't turned down a job yet!!
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. I guess - that although you can absolutely print your envelopes on the computer - you can tell when a calligrapher "hand writes" your addresses - they look extra special - and your guess will notice that - and as I always say - your invitation is "the prelude" to your wedding! Also - you can buy sequencing books at the local Teacher Stores, but believe me - once you have an actual piece of hand drawn artwork that isn't really replaceable - that's what you will always want!