TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY.

I’m Ajab and I started Calligraphy Quill in 2016. I’m someone who believes in goodwill, humility and the little things- and it is these pillars that Calligraphy Quill is built on. My company’s tagline is ‘Bringing Personal Back’- which is essentially my effort in trying to bring back those small moments that make life worth living- a handwritten note, a love letter, wedding invites in gorgeous calligraphy that express how much your guest mean to you.

I offer services mainly for weddings- working with stationers, brides and planners across the nation- and also teach workshops to calligraphy enthusiasts!

Calligraphy is my meditation. Being an ambivert, it comes especially handy when I want to take a step back from social engagements and simply- create. I work with a variety of mediums - pointed pens, brush pens, markers, watercolors, you name it- and this keeps my inner Sagittarius happy and content.

It makes my heart super, super happy when someone decides to make me a small part of their big day. And excited when someone approaches me to learn this beautiful art!

HOW DID YOU GET INTO CALLIGRAPHY?

I got addicted to ‘pretty handwriting’ after I took my first cursive writing class. This was in second grade, and I haven’t looked back since. I’m an engineer by profession, so during my teenage years calligraphy took a backseat as I focused on college. However, I picked up the pens again in July 2016 and haven’t looked back since!

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CALLIGRAPHERS?

Empathy.

For me, calligraphy isn’t just a business. It’s a business with a heart. Whenever I’m approached by a client, I put myself in their guests’ shoes and try to feel what they would when they will see, for instance, the wedding invitations for the first time.

I want people to feel a special something in their soul when they come across my art, because I strongly feel that the heart can feel things that the eye cannot yet understand.

WHAT STYLES OF CALLIGRAPHY DO YOU OFFER?

Although modern calligraphy is all the rage these days, I feel that nothing can beat the timeless classic fonts. These would be Copperplate, Spencerian and Italian Hand. In addition to the traditional styles, I have also learnt a variety of modern styles- as well as combo of both traditional and modern!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CALLIGRAPHY FONT?

My favorite font is the one that I called the Parisian. It has the elegance and timelessness of a classic, traditional font as well as the relaxed feel of the more classic styles.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE JOB SO FAR?

This is going to sound so clichè, but that’s a tough one to answer! But I’ll be honest here. My favorite jobs have been the ones where I was able to develop a relationship with my client.

There was this one job that didn’t appear to work out after I hadn’t heard back after my initial consultation. A few weeks later, the bride called and apologized for the lack of communication and requested for me to calligraph her envelopes. I was amazed at her humility and honesty, and I accepted that job. Not only was that order super fulfilling, but we built a relationship on mutual trust and honesty. And, to my complete surprise, when she came to pick-up the goodies she gave me a tip! That was so unexpected, but despite my protests she insisted on it. That was very, very kind of her.

Like I said earlier, the heart is above everything else. When my clients express their explicit trust in me, I give the job all I can- and then some more. That makes my work so much more meaningful, and makes it hard to decide on a favorite!

WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO HIRE A CALLIGRAPHER FOR THEIR WEDDING/EVENT?

Always, always communicate with your calligrapher. Especially for custom work, there’s no such thing as over-communication. Secondly, trust them. If you’ve taken the time to look at the different options and finally decided on someone, express your trust in them and let them do their thing. And thirdly, understand that good things take time- so give your calligrapher a decent amount of time of complete the job.