I have been a professional calligrapher since 2002 although I had been practicing calligraphy in one for or another since I was a child. My company name was previously ”A Bit of Ink” until ~ as it does so well ~ life took me on some winding roads over the years, where marketing my work took a backseat to my most important job which was raising my three little ones.
My company name changed over the years (as did my last name!) Now that my kids are not so little anymore, I am finally able to start over again with more focus, so I recently re-launched as Monday Moon Atelier. The name Monday Moon is simply because I was born on a new Moon on Monday in July, and as many artists may relate, I have had some of my most exciting and inspired creative moments very late at night when the moon kept reminding me I should have been sleeping!
As a calligrapher I have worked with countless clients over the years and I’ve happily penned thousands (hundreds of thousands!) of lines of calligraphy for everything from wedding stationery, poems, labels for liquor bottles to envelopes, place cards and everything in between that can be expressed in letters - even a few tattoos! Calligraphy has not only been my profession, but also has been a life long love affair for me.
I have been an artistic person since I can remember and grew up with creative parents. My incredibly dynamic Mom was always making beautiful knitted masterpieces (I still don't understand how she does it!) and my late father was a gifted artist and was the long time art director for PGA Magazine (Professional Golfers Association) during the eighties and early nineties. I would watch him create hand drawn illustrations and lettering for logos and ads. I was mesmerized. From the moment I first picked up my Dad's calligraphy pens to try it after he proudly showed me his skills then said “Now you try it!”. I was hooked ever since.
As I mentioned, I am a Mom to three very talented grown children who have shown me that the artistic gene is a powerful one! They amaze me with what they create with digital art! I'm also a wife to my handsome best friend, who proved to me (even when I had doubts many years ago) that true love is worth searching for! We found each other a bit later in life, which makes us cherish our blended family even more. "Life is a fountain of surprises" as my late father used to say.
On a side note, I am also a passionate student and creator of 100% natural botanical perfumery, and will soon be launching my own line called Wildflower Perfume. It is a craft I discovered to be endlessly fascinating, creative and just like calligraphy, deliciously challenging!
My perfumes will be available on www.wildflowerperfume.com (which is under construction, but coming soon!)
My approach to working with clients is simple. I will treat you the same way I would want to be treated; with respect, kindness and friendliness. Planning a project or a big event like a wedding or a marketing campaign can be quite an undertaking. I have many years of experience working with tight deadlines and detail oriented clientele such as brides and event planners. Quality, adaptability and dependability are of key importance and I promise that working with me will be a sigh of relief.
If I can be of service as your calligrapher or instructor, I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you so much for your interest in my work.
~ Monica Rachel Gordon
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