Can you share a bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Lam Dones, owner of yoursalwaysjl. I have been a calligrapher for a few years but an artist my whole life and offer hand lettering on anything you can think of. Some of the things I’ve worked on include: Addressing envelopes and place cards, chalk signs and mirrors, and even customized denim jackets. It’s really about helping my clients’ visions and ideas come to life, whatever that may be.
When and why did you decide to start pursuing a career in this field?
I fell in love with calligraphy while planning my own wedding a few years ago. I was particular about how I wanted our stationery to look, so I figured I could do it myself. Since then, it grew into a small business and a passion project of my own. I have always been a creative person, which was one way for me to have an outlet and share my art.
What do you love most about being a calligrapher?
Being a calligrapher allows you to be a part of people’s special day, whether it’s a birthday card, a bridal shower sign, or a wedding invitation. I also love making beautiful things that will sit in someone’s home or their desk at work. There’s something about handmade things that can never be replaced by mass-produced goods.
Are there any additional services you provide for anyone who may want to reach out to you/work with you?
I am excited to take on new projects, so I don’t limit myself to just lettering. If you need a logo, a sketch, or maybe a brainstorming partner, I’m here! There’s nothing better than artists collaborating, so I am open to any and all of it. Small businesses helping each other thrive is so good for all of us!