Hey everyone! Sometimes it helps to look for inspiration from the masters. And in the calligraphy world, Virginia Lucas Hart is definitely one of them. As a published author of a calligraphy book on creative lettering, a teacher of modern calligraphy, and a calligrapher who’s worked with some big names (Estee Lauder, The Knot, Sotheby’s, and the New York Design Center, to name a few), she’s officially a calligrapher with skills. But as any paper lover knows, beautiful lettering is a mix of talent and heart. And as an artist, Virginia pulls both together in her work. So let’s dive in with some inspiration of the lettering sort. – Jen
Virginia offers a range of lettering styles, but she says her hand lends itself to looks that are playful and whimsical. “Even though I frequently practice the rules I’ve gleaned in my professional education, I’m truthfully always looking for ways to break them, allowing my lettering to be fresh and fun,” says Virginia. “My favorite calligraphy styles are those infused with a lot of personality.”
Virginia has written on loads of different non-paper surfaces, but her favorites include large-scale mirrors or any sort of tile or agates for place cards. “They truly become keepsakes for your guests!” says Virginia.
Estee Lauder sign: Photo by Jane Houle
“When my clients grant me some creative control on a direction of a custom piece, I love pulling inspiration from a few places,” shares Virginia. Besides the obvious social media spaces to reference, she also pulls inspiration from simply browsing stores in NYC. “Whether it’s paper goods or fashion accessories, a simple color combination can inspire a whole direction,” says Virginia. But once she has a vision in mind, everything starts with a pencil, a piece of paper, and a giant eraser.
Other highlights: “I was beyond thrilled to calligraph Met Gala invitations earlier this year for those wearing Prabal Gurung!” shares Virginia.
And for anyone looking to learn calligraphy, Virginia wrote a book, published by Ulysses Press, that came out at the end of 2017. “Although it’s a children’s book, it’s truly a great resource for all ages,” she adds. “I share all of my favorite supplies, tips and tricks, and break things down into easy-to-follow steps.”
A big thanks to Virginia for sharing a peek into the different types of calligraphy work she’s doing. So inspiring!
Photo Credits:: Monica Chimes did the florals around the large mirror photo. All images via Virginia Lucas Hart except where noted.