My paternal grandmother, Elaine O'Brien (née Isaac) was also an artist. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and went on to teach high school art. While on a fateful trip to Mexico to paint, she met a Boston native, my grandfather.

While I never had the chance to meet my grandma Elaine, I feel so lucky to be able to connect to her through art, and carry on a small piece of her legacy. I have a few of her original paintings, which I absolutely treasure, and I always love flipping through her portfolio of sketches

Artwork by Elaine (Isaac) O'Brien

in the family

I've always loved creative projects. In elementary school, I became obsessed with drawing word collages during class. I experimented with letterforms, trying to replicate different fonts (yes, even Comic Sans.) It wasn't until college that I discovered the art of calligraphy. I started an instagram account (originally @thechicagocalligrapher), and my business was born.

I graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a bachelors in supply chain management, which is pretty much a study of processes. With this background, I'm able to streamline client communication & feedback, manage supply constraints from my vendors, and assemble invitations efficiently (and with strict quality control, of course.) Basically, I make the process for my clients stress-free.

I've honed my skills as a multi-talented artist, and I approach each celebration as a beloved creative project. My goal is to use my art - whether painting in watercolor, line drawing, or writing in calligraphy - to convey the spirit of your love & celebration in a cohesive set of stationery.

I live in Chicago, the great city in which I was born and raised. My Victorian-era Wicker Park studio overlooks the park, providing plenty of natural light, organic inspiration, and above all: dog watching. When I'm not in the studio, you'll likely find me at my local La Colombe coffee, backpacking through a national park (an O'Brien family tradition!), or re-watching Great British Bake-Off for the 7th time.

ABOUT

(she/her)

Calligrapher, Artist, Stationery Designer

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I believe in contributing to a more just, equitable, and peaceful society. I am committed to practicing anti-racism and I am committed to serving, affirming, and celebrating love of all kinds.

I believe in our collective responsibility to this beautiful planet. I am committed to reusing packaging, recycling scrap paper, and minimizing the amount of waste that my business produces. 

VALUES

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