Welcome to Order She Wrote! I'm Joanna and I am She. Lettering (and what I used to call "fancy writing") started as a hobby I could do while performing. A hobby no more, I have fallen in love with this art. My writing has become the job I love year round, and allows me to exercise my passions on stage and off. I consider myself lucky that I'm able to share this craft with my friends, my family, and people from all around the world.
I am a self-taught calligrapher. Sure, I've always had decent handwriting and the ability to create fancy writing styles, but trust me when I say that hand lettering is something entirely different. (READ: just because you have "bad handwriting" does not mean you can't be a brilliant calligrapher!) I remember starting Valentine's Day weekend when I was stuck indoors on a snowy trip to Martha's Vineyard. My mom had bought me a calligraphy set for Christmas that I was sure I would never touch. She insisted I at least open the box. After staring at it sitting there on the shelf for many months, I finally dove in and haven't looked back. (But just so you know, those kits are super daunting. I suggest starting with a fat Crayola marker and paper to start!) I soon found myself on a joyful quest discovering more mediums, learning new styles, deepening my skill and understanding of the art of calligraphy and other modern forms of lettering. What began as a helpful favor for friends and family's events, greeting cards, and a lot of "Jo, can you do this for me because you have way better handwriting?" I finally created my business and started lettering full time. It has been the greatest adventure!
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., (well, Maryland, but like 10 minutes away) and after graduating from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre (Go Bombers!) I moved to New York City, where I work out of my small New York apartment. I love escaping the city, taking many trips to lend my right hand to weddings and events, both incredibly grand and heart-wrenchingly intimate.
I am often asked what I love so much about hand lettering. I love making pretty things with my hands. I love how fast you grow with practice, and that each project is so different. But I also love that someone can clearly see how much love and thoughtful work was put in to giving them this special gift; something for them to open, see, and enjoy. When they run their fingers over the dried ink and get up real close to it, they can see that homemade love and think, "Wow, someone made this by hand!"