Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth Jahja-Daro.
Ruth, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m an Indonesian born and raise! I came to Los Angeles (Pasadena to be exact) 12 years ago to pursue a bit more stable career in Interior Architecture. I was lucky enough to get a working visa for my degree and met my future husband. Despite loving what I did for a living, I tried calligraphy as a new hobby and realized I can utilize all my long lost passion for drawing and painting as wedding stationerer! One opportunity led to another, and now I’m working full time to basically draw, paint, write, and doing wax seal!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a calligrapher who happens to draw and paint! That means I do my own illustration, watercolor elements, and watercolor painting; while my calligraphy is still the main reason people can tell my works apart. Currently, I’m doing mostly wedding related services and I love them! It’s very rewarding to know you can be the one making their dream wedding invitation came through and it’s extremely humbling to be trusted with such an important task!
My main inspirations came from architecture and the various botanical elements. Both of which are something the wedding community have plenty of!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram and my website!
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
First, don’t be tempted to be the cheapest artist on the block! It’s disheartening as calligrapher when I see people list unrealistically low price for their addressing and it makes people took the whole industry less seriously.
Second, hone your design aesthetics and make sure people can tell your works apart from the ocean of amazing contents. It’s very hard to convince clients to shell in the extra money if they can get something similar elsewhere for cheaper.
Last, diversify your source of income! For me personally; my revenue comes from custom invitations, corporate clients, selling my design as retail products, and teaching calligraphy workshops. This allows me to survive the ebbs and flows a bit better and ensure I always have busy times.
- Website: Senimancalligraphy.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @seniman_calligraphy
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