For Local Artist Behind Hooked Calligraphy, Handwritten Is Best

Local artist Clair Daley created this pretty invitation, its matching envelope, and place cards—a bespoke, handmade touch for any springtime celebration.

Daley is the calligrapher behind Hooked Calligraphy, a Minneapolis maker who creates custom, modern hand-lettered work for weddings, events, parties, and other design uses. She loves doing things by hand. She says that as a child, she was encouraged to “go draw if you’re bored” and to respond to her grandmother’s beautifully handwritten letters with handwritten letters of her own. As a result, she grew up loving the feel of using ink on paper.

She offers a variety of design services including calligraphy branding, illustrations, tattoos, custom maps. and more. Her invitations, envelopes, and place cards carry through a party’s theme from save-the-date cards to tabletop décor to post-event thank-you notes.



by Chris Lee
photo by Josh Grubbs; styling by Mickie Clark


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