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Meet Catie Rippin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catie Rippin.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago to work in production on TV and Film. After seven years in that industry, I felt like I needed a change and wanted to do something more creative with my time. While I was planning my wedding, I took a calligraphy class for fun and realized I really loved it. I did all the signage and addressing for my wedding and learned a lot in that process. After the honeymoon, I decided to make a drastic change and leave my job at a major studio and start my own company, Ink and Nod. Since then, I’ve worked with bloggers and lots of clients on weddings, birthdays, corporate events, etc. I love being about to be a part of someone’s important day, even if it’s in a small way! It’s so fun learning new techniques and challenging myself to work on fun and unique projects!

Please tell us about your art.
I work with pointed pen and brush modern calligraphy. Calligraphy has had a major comeback over the years as the wedding industry has grown. I love to create beautiful signage, place cards, escort card displays, invitations, save the dates, etc. for brides and grooms on their special day. I also work with corporate companies to personalize products for events. I love creating fun designs for clients and take their vision and make it come to life. It’s always exciting trying out new mediums and doing calligraphy on everything from tiles to Christmas ornaments and even make-up brush carriers!

I would hope that people appreciate the handmade quality of calligraphy and what that adds to an event. Everything is done by hand, which you don’t see too much these days. It’s a special process that really shows the effort when used for events. I put a piece of myself into every project I do, and hopefully, that shows!

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
A huge challenge I personally faced was comparing myself with other artists. With Pinterest, blogs and social media, we’re inundated with content, and it’s hard to feel like what your doing can stand up to everything else. It’s very easy to compare yourself to others or think that your work isn’t good enough, which is something I struggled with a lot when I first started my business. I think it’s important to recognize that everyone is at a different place in their journey and you can’t measure what you’re doing against someone else. Let your art speak for itself and focus on doing the best job you can do. I think that’s the most important thing.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my website or on Instagram at InkandNod. I also have a small Etsy shop that I’m planning on growing after I get back from Maternity leave at the beginning of 2019.

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Image Credit:

Mary Costa Photography, Sugar and Charm, Alyssa Bazar

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