Thanks for stopping by. I'm Elaina, a calligrapher based in The Flower City of Rochester, New York. I love enhancing thoughtful words with beautiful, handwritten script. My love of calligraphy started after I learned printmaking in a book design class in grad school. I realized I was very happy when working with my hands and decided to pursue an art that I could create away from the computer.
When gifted with two vintage Ornamental Penmanship books in 2014, I began my self-taught calligraphy journey and fell in love with the tactile experience of writing with nib and ink. I now consider myself a lifelong student of calligraphy and commit to regular study and practice. When I can, I also seek instruction from experienced calligraphers both online and in person. I am a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) as well as the Rochester Calligraphy and Penmanship Society.
I specialize in several styles of pointed pen calligraphy: Spencerian Script, Ornamental Penmanship, and a modern calligraphy script. I look forward to growing as a calligrapher through the above means as well as through work with clients. Calligraphy can add a unique, thoughtful touch to weddings, events, celebrations, letters, and gifts. If you have an idea for a project that you’d like to work with me on, please contact me; I'd love to discuss it with you.
Interviewed on Spectrum News: Your Morning Rochester, July 11th 2019.
Mentioned in the “Not Your Average Wedding Gift” article in the Summer 2019 edition of the South Wedge Quarterly.
Aug 3 & 4, 2019: Participating as a teacher and guest calligrapher at the Genesee Country Village & Museum as part of “A Novel Weekend” highlighting the work of Lewis Carroll.
Interview with the Rochester Brainery: 3 Local Artists Giving Text Its Own Personality
Taught an Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy class July, 2017 as part of Rochester Brainery's 'What a Crafty Weekend - Lettering Edition'.
Contributed calligraphy quote for Roc Girl Gang interview, August 2016
Spencerian Saga with Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, October 2016
The Engrossing Saga with Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, October 2017
Calligraphic Flourishing with Anne Elser, Oct/Nov/Dec 2017
Signature Design with Michael Ward, February 2019