Today’s interview is with Rhode Island based wedding calligrapher Jane Parillo Rollins of Scribe! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company and how you got started.

I began my full time career as a lettering artist in 1989 with a storefront on Main St. in East Greenwich, RI. I had been taking classes for a few years, became obsessed with all things about lettering. and made the decision to quit my job in special ed and become a freelance calligrapher.Since I have a love of literature and poetry as well as a fascination with history, it made sense. I have been on Main St. for over 25 years.

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Other than invitations, envelopes and placecards, what else have you hand lettered?

Many things! Wedding related, I have lettered on shells, sand dollars, mirrors, windows, boxes, sticks, rocks, wine bottles, and baseballs.

What is your favorite paper color and ink combination?

I particularly love working with the metallic paper envelopes – white or gold ink on dark is very dramatic.

What makes you different from other calligraphers?

I have a lot of experience and have studied and worked at my art for a long time. I continue to study, take classes and I not only work in the wedding industry but also fine art.

How much time should a couple reserve for calligraphy?

If I am designing and creating an invitation from scratch I would say a good 8 months. For lettering envelopes, I can use a couple of weeks but can turn around more quickly if need be.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are considering hiring a calligrapher?

Do not go by price alone and ask for samples. And also ask if it is done by hand versus machine.
There are many advertisers who will use the Calligraphy category but actually do the addressing
by machine. If you want your envelopes to withstand the weather, make sure they use
waterproof inks.

what styles of calligraphy do you offer?

For envelope addressing I usually try to work with the lettering style that is on the invitation,
mostly variations of scripts, some are more modern in appearance. I use both pointed pen and
broad tipped pen styles. For invitation design I will often incorporate type with hand lettering
for accent.

What is your favorite font?

I really like working with pointed pen scripts on really nice papers.

Lovely work, thanks Jane! For more information about Scribe, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.

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