Hi! My name is Marika, which is pronounced as if it were spelled "Merica" because my parents were hippie art students, but that's another story. I've loved drawing letter forms since I was a kid. A favorite memory is getting in trouble in first grade for taking too long to complete the daily handwriting assignment because I just had to create curly, intricate, fantastical letters. My formal introduction to calligraphy was at age 10, and I've been on an adventure of self-instruction ever since.
Over the last 25 years, I’ve been store artist at Foster’s Market and Fowler’s, I've lettered and illustrated menus and signage for restaurants, cafés and shops all over the triangle, calligraphed wedding stationery and day-of items, and created custom commissions.
I am a preferred vendor at The Cookery and The Rickhouse (having been the first professional chalk artist at both venues), the cotton room, and I am the house calligrapher at Themeworks.
I love drawing letters and am especially skilled at replicating fonts and lettering styles. I also enjoy creating fanciful illustrations.
I work in ink (traditional calligraphy dip pens), marker, chalk and paint, and have lettered on a wide variety of surfaces from paper, chalkboard, and glass, to metal, ceramic and fabric.
Please visit my contact page to share details about your project. I look forward to working with you!