The Portland Society for Calligraphy has a number of outstanding scribes who can be hired to do freelance work. The following list is provided as a service to the members and to the public. All business arrangements are strictly between you and the calligrapher. The Portland Society for Calligraphy assumes no liability as a result of any business relationship.
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Calligraphers for hire (A-Z)
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
After a lifelong love of pen & paper, I started studying calligraphy in 1996 and over the years have attended a number of international conferences & conventions. I picked up my pens full-time in 2006 and have become a member of several wedding and special events organizations and am a board member of the local International Special Events Society chapter. Services include: invitation design, envelope addressing, place cards, menus, programs, signage, frame-able art with a large variety of lettering styles available.
I draw upon my 30 years of experience as a professional calligrapher and college calligraphy instructor. My services include envelope addressing, framable calligraphy, certificate design and/or fill-in, flyers, banners, invitation design, place cards, greeting cards, handmade books as well as instruction in calligraphy.
I am a Calligrapher and Lettering Artist in Portland, Oregon. I have always loved calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, and have been doing calligraphy since 1978. I can do lettering in a variety of styles including both traditional and more modern ones. My services include custom made lettering art such as certificates, ketubot, personal gifts, wedding vows, poetry, quotations, family trees, anniversary gifts, letter to a loved one, or any other document with words that have deep and significant meaning to the receiver. I also do calligraphy for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other special occasions (invitations, envelopes, seating charts, table numbers, menus). Other services include: logos, flyers, stationery, and literary tattoo design. My handwriting and calligraphy have always been an expression of something deep inside me–the desire to make things beautiful in whatever way I can through my connection to the written word. That is what I will bring to your project–an intention of creating beauty and the love of doing so.
Heirloom Artists-Cliff & Jean Mansley
Heirloom Artists, a full service calligraphy studio, provides lettering, illustration and design for certificates, testimonials, favorite quotations, wedding announcements, invitations and wedding vows, in a variety of styles including Italic, Foundational, Engravers Script (copperplate script) Old English, Uncial, Roman and others.
David Grimes is a Portland calligrapher and teacher who specializes in American Engrosser’s Script and Copperplate writing. He is available for commission on projects relating to weddings, fine events, custom fine art, and on-site demonstrations. He travels throughout the United States teaching weekend workshops in Engrosser’s Script, and is based conveniently in West Portland.
I love the look of ink on paper. I employ the ancient as well as contemporary scripts. I teach calligraphy and bookbinding at the college level and am comfortable with design. I do broadsides, books, banners, poems, design wedding, shower, event papers, and envelopes and even boat transoms. I am interested in working with your ideas and making them work on paper.
Donya Wyffels – The Elegant Letter
My love of beautiful writing began with Lloyd Reynolds in 1962 followed by graphic arts & design at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles. I’ve been privileged to continue my education with many world class calligraphers, artists and illustrators. My career includes commercial art from design to sales, teaching workshops, commissions, and for the past 8 years I’ve been an associate working with Cliff Mansley of Heirloom Artists. This past year, with the blessings and assistance of Cliff, I opened my own studio, The Elegant Letter. It is a full service studio providing calligraphy, illustration, creative design, gold & silver gilding and custom framing for both corporate and individual clients. Projects large or small, I’d be happy to assist in creating a work of art to cherish.
I have been doing calligraphy in the greater Portland area since 1979. My work can be formal and traditional or contemporary and gestural. You may need something suitable for framing, a handmade book or wedding collections, such as invitations, place cards or menus. It is my pleasure to help clients arrive at a style that compliments the event or project they are planning.
I have worked as a professional calligrapher and graphic designer for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest, where my clients include: the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Portland Japanese Garden. I work closely with my clients to achieve the beautiful results they are hoping for plus a little bit more, and I am dependable when it comes to deadlines. My calligraphic specialty is in addressing envelopes and place cards in a broad range of styles, (even developing a unique alphabet just for your project). Call or email me for a free consult. I will show you samples and offer you several cost options. I also offer educational classes to children and adults in a variety of media including calligraphy.
Mission: to feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful. As a third generation calligrapher, I have a deep appreciation for beautiful lettering and expressive artwork. Tutored initially by my mother in illustration and my father, Cliff Mansley of Heirloom Artists, in calligraphy I’ve learned to enhance both inspirational and Biblical texts with flourishes, florals, illustrations and colorful hand lettering. Often, I create my work on handmade papers or genuine calfskin and offer the option of 23k gold leaf, as well. Design categories have included: Handmade Leather-bound Books, Certificates & Awards, Family Trees, Greeting Card & Gift Market designs for publishers, Invitations, Logos, Commercial Lettering, Mission Statements, Quotations & Poems, lettering on Walls and more. Custom framing is available. You are invited to view samples in my website “PORTFOLIO” and a versatile line of reproductions in my website “SHOP.” An international clientele keeps me creating!
Kellie Moeller – Salt & Light Calligraphy
Putting thought to paper with praise and paint, Kellie Moeller at Salt & Light Calligraphy enjoys finding beauty in secret places. Through calligraphy, mixed media and asemic elements, she invites people to contemplate faith and the historic beauty of letters on creative backgrounds. Most of her work is created in response to contemplative moments spent in devotional meditation as well as a deep love for nature. After living in Venezuela for 17 years as a missionary, the South American cultural heavily influences her choices of color an design. She currently lives and teaches in the greater Seattle area. When not doing Calligraphy, Kellie enjoys working with the elderly and volunteering with orphaned parrots at a local parrot sanctuary. She is ready to help you with Calligraphy for all of life’s important events and calligraphic artwork for the home.
Piacentini Book Arts Studio and Gallery is a one-of-a-kind bookmaking studio seeking to advance the emerging art of the book in Central Oregon through exhibits, workshops and classes in calligraphy and book binding.
I am a creative visionary with an extensive background in personal photo organizing and management, graphic design, and black and white studio photography. Exposed to italic calligraphy in 2000 and re-igniting this passion in 2013 has got me excited for hand lettering and exposing this long lost craft to this technology based society. I am open and receptive to creating custom empowering calligraphy pieces from greeting cards, calligraphic logos, large ready-to-hang pieces, to recorded calligraphy video intro’s for photo slideshows. If my calligraphy speaks to you, please contact me to get your special project started.
Sally Kramer – Reflections by Sal
I have been doing calligraphy for over 25 years and most recently have learned the beautiful and elegant Spencerian Script. I also do calligraphy and script in wood with a woodburning tool. I love being able to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces for my clients.
Hiring a calligrapher
If you are not familiar with the art of calligraphy or have never commissioned work before, we offer these suggestions:
- Contact several calligraphers for a cost estimate for your particular job.
- You can ask to see samples of work related to the type you want to commission.
- Regarding your work arrangement, be specific in the following: Price, Completion date/turnaround time, Pickup/delivery options, Materials that will be used/ink, paper, colors, Pickup/delivery options, Minimum quantities needed for the job, etc.
Feel free to discuss the calligrapher’s background, experience and available references, and talk about the script and design elements you have been thinking about. Be sure to listen to the calligrapher for his or her suggestions, however. You must supply the calligrapher with a text that is legible and worded (and spelled) exactly as you want it to appear. When multiple items are involved, provide extra envelopes or certificates as a courtesy to the calligrapher. We love this art of beautiful writing and are pleased that you appreciate it also.