Hello! I’m Nerissa, and I love pretty letters.
[In addition to calligraphy, I also love yoga, traveling, baking, live theater, and ritually watching House Hunters International with my amazing husband, Joe.]
My calligraphy love story…
Several years ago, I began to study calligraphy in preparation for my own wedding. As an appreciator of good penmanship, addressing invitations was my personal and handmade touch to the occasion. I fell in love with calligraphy and continued to practice it ever since. I like to think it was just a matter of time, and that the art form was a dormant passion of a second grader who couldn’t wait to learn cursive.
I’m passionate about exploring calligraphy in various forms to hone my craft. Ink and paper will have me oohing & ahhing all day, and I nerd out on different styles and methods of writing. I pride myself on being versatile in my hand, as well as in the mediums and surfaces I work with. It’s not just paper and ink love for me; give me mirrors, chalkboards, wood, tile, glass, marble…I love it all!
When I write, I envision what the handwritten pieces mean to my clients and their guests. For example, I picture them receiving their invites in the mail, and not only being excited to receive that invite, but to see their names written in a way that says, “This is special, and we want you to be a part of it.”
For me, calligraphy is more than pretty penmanship. It is an expression of love, lettered.
I look forward to creating an expression for you!
Nerissa B. Israel