Today’s Spotlight feature is on the talented calligrapher, Julia Sirb of Ink and Honey. I had the pleasure of working with Julia for the last bridal shoot I styled, and was amazed with her craft! Check out her beautiful calligraphy and interview below!
Where do you find inspiration?
I am most inspired by my Romanian heritage combined with being raised in the South. Growing up, so much emphasis was placed on hospitality and honoring others. My first job, at a southern company, played an important role in me learning to be hospitable to others and make sure that they feel welcome. It seems that everywhere you go in Georgia, whether a store, restaurant or other facility, you are greeted and made to feel welcome. Growing up Romanian, my parents taught me to hold guests in high esteem, especially reflected in entertaining with food and drink. I will never forget the first time my calligraphy teacher wrote my name on a place card on my first day of class. It’s undeniable that hand-lettering and calligraphy is very personal and special. It is a wonderful way to make guests feel important and welcome.
What is the best part about being a calligrapher?
The most rewarding part about being a calligrapher is giving a finished project to a client. It’s so nice seeing hours worth of work in one stack and seeing the reaction from my client. I love it when they tell me that their guests enjoyed their hand-lettered envelopes because it makes me feel like I am successful in helping my clients make a good first impression of their event.
What are your favorite types of projects to work on as a calligrapher?
I love to work on projects that include many paper products for one event, because there is usually a strong theme and inspiration. This allows for much creativity and elaboration and fun for me. Other kinds of projects I enjoy, believe it or not, are tedious ones where it’s just addressing envelopes or writing out escort cards. Once in a while it’s relaxing to do the same thing over and over for a prolonged period of time.
Who are some calligraphers you look up to?
Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls and Betsy Dunlap for their very beautiful organic hands, and Molly Jacques for combining hand-lettering with calligraphy to make a bold and stunning final piece of art.
What is beauty to you?
My Faith inspires me to believe that everyone is made in God’s image, therefore, having value. It’s something beautiful. I believe that there is much beauty in love, specifically in serving others.
[photo credits: Buffy Dekmar]