Meet Ciarra Rouwhorst

Calligrapher | Illustrator | Designer | Owner | Really Nice Person

 
Oden and Janelle Photography

Oden and Janelle Photography

 

Hey, it's so nice to meet you! My name is Ciarra Rouwhorst. I am the Calligrapher, Illustrator, and Designer behind Silver Fox Calligraphy & Design. When you submit an inquiry, or leave a comment on Instagram, it's me that you are talking to! 

I work out of my home studio in Petoskey, Michigan. I live on a hill overlooking the Little Traverse Bay with my super supportive husband Mark, and our fur baby Atlas. I feel super grateful to live in what I think is the cutest town in Northern Michigan. I know they are all adorable, and I can admit that I'm a bit partial. I also enjoy working with many couples who choose Northern Michigan as the destination for one of the most important and beautiful days of their lives.

Oden and Janelle Photography

Oden and Janelle Photography

I take my work very seriously. But I don't take myself seriously. I really love helping people. So whether you need one of a kind wedding invitations that your guests will LOVE, or you need a logo that reflects the direction you want to take your business, or you just need someone to bounce ideas off of, I am so there. I believe in authenticity and tangible details. I collect antique volumes of classic literature, which started with books from my great grandfather. These books helped me to appreciate the incalculable value of  heirlooms and keepsakes from a very young age. I like working by myself while listening to nerdy podcasts and writing with vintage calligraphy nibs. 

I value the traditional and historical calligraphy practices, and am currently a member of IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penman, Egrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting). However, I blend traditional techniques and tools with contemporary fine art aesthetics. My hand lettering is not perfect Copperplate, and it is not cutesy modern calligraphy either. I strive to portray refined femininity, and elevated design while embracing the natural imperfections of pen and ink.

I am a self-taught artist and designer. I also thrive in empowering others. I believe that voracious learning, and immortal curiosity can shape us. I, therefore, am happy to share what I have learned through online classes, and in person workshops.

Oden and Janelle Photography

Oden and Janelle Photography

And this is me, for real. Big thanks to Oden and Janelle for helping me be my awkward self. I completely realize this may not be the most professional picture to use on my website. But in complete honesty, I don't only want to make a good impression. I want to make an accurate impression. When you hire Silver Fox Calligraphy, you are working with me. I am friendly and kind. I will bend over backwards to make you happy. My design work, clients, and business relationships are very important to me. But I am also not afraid to say sorry, and will be the first one to make fun of myself.

 

Are you excited to work with me? Submit your inquiry to start the process!