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A mother of two, florist and modern calligrapher, Louise combines the art of botany and calligraphy to create inspiring and thoughtful pieces that are fit for the pages of stylish interiors magazines. Her whimsical and imperfect approach to calligraphy will have you saying “why didn’t I try this sooner”.
How long have you been making and how did you start out?
I have been a florist for almost 10 years but stopped doing it full time a few years ago when my first baby, Violet, was born. I have dabbled in calligraphy for years but always felt a little tentative about it and the need to make the letters and flourishes “perfect”. For about the tenth year in a row, I made a New Years resolution to hone my calligraphy skills and in 2012 I finally followed through on it. I began to research and pursue the idea of modern calligraphy, I spent many hours at night once the kids were asleep, practicing, reading calligraphy books and using up a LOT of paper and ink! I eventually formed my Floralovely style which I describe as approachable, charming and imperfect!
Did you study or self taught?
A bit of both! I studied calligraphy books and attempted to teach myself but the best thing I did was a workshop with world renowned, international calligrapher Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. This really fuelled my passion for calligraphy and inspired me to pursue it further. She is a great mentor and advocate for perfectly imperfect modern calligraphy.
Tell us a little about what you make and your style
As a lover of all things vintage and antiquated, the idea of writing the old fashioned way with a nib dipped in ink always appealed to me. My style of modern calligraphy is approachable, charming and imperfect with a twist of botanical embellishing. My script adorns envelopes, place cards, labels and more for weddings and events and I am particularly fond of hand writing quotes and poetry which have proven to be quite popular.
Where do you find your inspiration?
As a florist, I am so inspired by all things botanical which is why I love to incorporate inked sketches of leaves, flowers and vines. Quotes about love, life, nature and old-fashioned values are appealing and inspiring to me as they are symbolic of flowers.
Why is it important for you to create?
Some family and friends think I’m a bit crazy for taking on work when I have a 3 year old and 1 year old at home with me all the time but having my calligraphy as a creative outlet is what keeps me sane! While I can get a little stressed sometimes when I have orders due and the kids are being demanding, at the end of the day I get so much satisfaction from creating. I think every creative person can relate to that.
What’s your favourite medium to work with?
At the moment my favourite is white ink on kraft paper.
Tell us a little about what we can expect from your workshop
I receive many enquiries from people wanting to learn the art of modern calligraphy. I am certainly not an expert in traditional calligraphy however I aim to host an inspiriting workshop giving tips and guidance on modern, beautiful calligraphy. Just as everyone’s handwriting is unique, so should your style of modern calligraphy be! In a welcoming and encouraging environment you will enjoy a basic lesson in calligraphy skills and realise that calligraphy is something you CAN do! At the end of the workshop you will take home a frameable piece of your calligraphy work and hopefully a sense of excitement at a newfound skill.
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