WELCOME TO MARCARDIN CALLIGRAPHY
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be in the business of serving mostly to the wedding industry. Most of my adult life I've worked day to day at the same salon; servicing guests to make them feel and look better. There's something so gratifying to me about a before and after. Polishing nails was the best way for me to hone in on my dexterity with a paint brush to create something polished and shiny. It's no surprise to myself and those who know me that I would one day dive into my love affair for something else pretty that would include fine paper and the art of writing.
I'm Heather, the calligrapher behind Marcardin Calligraphy. Born and raised in the Derby City, Bourbon Country, and the birthplace of baseball bats and Girl Scout Cookies - Louisville, Kentucky. I started this journey of my calligraphy business in my then dining room 6 years ago. I've loved every second of it. Sure, every now and then I'll knock over a full inkwell of black ink all over my white desk. Sometimes, I've been known to stay up at all hours of the night working and not sleeping. Maybe there has even been a time or two that I have to correct my own error on the same envelope more than once! But deep down, this is what I know I'm meant to do.
There's something about taking a stack of blank envelopes and addressing them one by one that gives me the best instant gratification. The ultimate before and after. I love seeing envelopes stand up right on their little drying rack like little wedding soldiers awaiting to be sent out to duty. The feeling of handwritten ink on soft cotton paper is what stationery dreams are made of!
I absolutely love the traditional way of correspondence when an invitation hits the mail.
I'm more than excited to help you show your guests what to expect of your big day.
The first thing about your big event or wedding that your guests see is the invitation. What better way to spruce up a mailbox stuffed with bills, and ads, and fast food coupons, than to send something personally addressed to them that sets the tone to your event. Its the first impression of your special day.
One thing I take pride on being a calligrapher, I strive to fine tune my skill. I'll forever be a life long student in the growing world of calligraphy. Calligraphy is more than just writing something pretty. It's a discipline to study and understand letter forms. I am a member of The International Association of Master Penman and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH). Every year there is a conference for those who nerd out over pens and letters. Otherwise known as calligra-camp in the industry. I've been a member for five years, and attending conferences and other classes is the best way for me to really learn more. When I first began I was completely self taught. Now, I choose to continue self study but also learn from long time professionals in the business so I can provide the best of my craft to you.
Traditional calligraphy is more than just hand lettering; its the art of drawing letters.
When I'm not taking a class or creating keepsakes for all the occasions imaginable, I'm usually found at home enjoying drama tv like the Housewives saga, taking care of my handicapped dachshund name Stanley, or surrounding myself with family and friends. My weakness is fountain Coca-cola and Snickers ice cream bars. I always have on yoga pants and a messy bun. My signature colors are black and black. Last I knew, I was a natural red head but who knows now (hello, 31!) Fresh manicures, Capri Blue Volcano candles, my bed, funny dog videos, and The Container Store are just a few of my very favorite things.
I'm quite boring in real life but none the less, I want to thank you for reading this far to learn a little about me. I look forward to meeting you and hope that I can help you remember your special day in a beautiful way.