Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're On TV!


David Rees called me (okay more like David Rees's producer called me) and was like, hi, would you like to be on our television show? The episode is called "How to Sign Your Name" and we need a calligrapher!

And I said sure! For one million dollars!

And they said okay!

And the rest is history!

And mostly untrue!

But nonetheless here is the footage...

(kindly click)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Calligrapher Gets Married

So.............................I got married. To the most wonderful person. At my most-special place. High in the mountains. Surrounded by everyone I care about.

Save the Date

It was perfect.

Photos by Kent Meister Photography

Not like, I-can-describe-it-to-you perfect. More like, The same-minister-who-baptized-me-and-now-happens-to-live-part-time-in-both-NYC-and-just-outside-of-Cataloochee-NC perfect. Here he is, The Honorable Dr. Reverend Daniel P. Matthews:

32 years later, in the same church.

Palmer Chapel, 1982
Palmer Chapel, 2013

We were very lucky. 

So when it came time for invitations, I must have heard this phrase at least 100 times, "I can't wait to see your invitations!" I'm telling you, with so much pressure (albeit self-imposed pressure), I considered sending an e-card. (I have nothing against e-cards.)


This was my one true wedding. To my one true love. At my one true place.

It had to be real.

So I started with two items of inspiration:

The RSVPeas
A passage from Patrick Leigh Fermor

And came up with this:

It was all-consuming.


Sketch for Original Wax Seal

Wax Seal

Wait! I forgot to tell you the most-important part! I did them all by hand.

I didn't mean to. Yet, at every turn, I found myself saying, "Well, I could do that." Or, "It would save money if I did that." Until finally...I did that. All of that. And looking back, I often think to myself, I would never do "that" again. But I know it's not true. 

POSTED: Start early if you're doing your own invitations!

I'd do it again tomorrow.

Ready to mail!

Special Delivery

They came with me everywhere.

The subway

The bus stop

And by that, I mean evvvvverywhere.

Sunday brunch

Don't take pics in Post Office. They will yell.

Until, at last, I was finished.

And by that I mean happy.

The end.

Monday, February 3, 2014

American Federation for the Arts Gala

The American Federation for the Arts Gala, 10/29/13. 

On-site calligraphy by Sarah Bland, NYC Calligraphy

Photographs by Patrick McMullan

Traditional Copperplate script

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tree of Wife, III

Little tiny finger-leaf-prints will, one day, appear.
Perhaps a small worm or a mole.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Check Yes or Yes.

here is a little picture of some recent work i did for a bride-to-be and her maidens. CALLIGRAPHY CAN BE FUN AND USEFUL!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tree of Wife 2

  i did another. for a very special friend. in honor of [the 5-year anniversary of] her wedding.

for cj.

Monday, October 29, 2012


so excited i can barely contain myself. now appearing....................................


NYC Calligraphy on Etsy