Hello! I thought it was about time for some introductions and a little history around here.
I am Lauren the designer and calligrapher behind Oh Wonder. In 2010 I graduated with degree in Fashion Journalism. After working in fashion for a couple of years I got the itch to do more designing, as this had been my favourite part of my degree, so in 2012 I went to Shillington College to study Graphic Design. I absolutely loved every minute of my course so when I graduated I started to freelance particularly in branding and magazine/print design. I have always been slightly obsessed with stationery and so at the end of 2013 after doing a couple of wedding suites for friends I spent a lot of time researching (aka on pinterest) stationery, in particular wedding stationery, when I came across a lot of modern calligraphy and fell totally in love with the beauty and romance of it.
The rest as they say is history. I spent hours upon hours trying out different nibs and holders and paper trying to learn how to change my very average handwriting into beautiful calligraphy. I took a Skillshare class taught by Molly Jacques which finally showed me the correct tools to be using, Nikko G nib, Speedball holder, Layout paper and Higgins Eternal Ink, which are all great for beginners and still my go-tos, as well as a general alphabet to be working with. Another great tool I had was the book Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe which was and still is indispensable.
At first a lot of what I was doing with Calligraphy was making cards for friends and family and pages on pages of favourite quotes and song lyrics and gradually I got better and better. In 2014 I fell pregnant and during my pregnancy I worked on a few weddings creating invitations, save the dates, envelopes and table settings. After having my son in April 2015 and enjoying being a full time mum and just doing calligraphy in the few quiet moments I had I decided that this was 100% what I wanted to do and after months of planning Oh Wonder Calligraphy and Stationery was born in January 2016. Since starting it has been a bit of a whirlwind and I have been lucky enough to work for some amazing private and corporate clients along with many talented people in the wedding industry on some stunning shoots. I have lots planned for the upcoming months and am so excited of what else this year will bring!
So that is me and Oh Wonder in a nutshell. This blog will be updated weekly with inspiration, calligraphy tips, sneak peeks and insights into shoots that I have worked on. Enjoy!