1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
My name is Angie Dickison and I am the professional calligrapher and artist behind Lime & Lily Calligraphy + Design located in Crestwood, Kentucky right outside of Louisville.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I studied architecture and interior design in college and graduated with a degree in interior design from the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, I worked for several years as a corporate and healthcare designer. I took a twelve year hiatus from professional work after my oldest son was born fourteen years ago. I’ve always loved lettering and typography and, like many budding calligraphers of the late 1980’s, I had a Speedball Calligraphy Kit when I was a teenager. I guess all the fun I had with that stuck with me because my husband recently found a list of goals we made early on in our marriage and one of mine was to start my own calligraphy business.
A couple of years ago, that dream came true when I started Lime & Lily. At the beginning, I was watching YouTube videos obsessively and trying to imitate whatever calligraphy styles caught my eye. The real turning point for me came in 2017, about 6 months into owning my business. I found out about IAMPETH (The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting). I learned that their annual international conference was going to be held in Louisville that summer twenty minutes from my house. I immediately signed up for five days of intense classes from some of the most renowned calligraphers in the world. It was there that I really discerned my love for classic copperplate calligraphy and flourishing. I continue to take classes and am currently enrolled in an online flourishing course with Phyllis Macaluso. I also recently attended my second IAMPETH conference this past summer in Milwaukee.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
My preferred calligraphy tools are an oblique holder. My favorite is one I just purchased from Chris and Heather Held at IAMPETH. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is very lightweight and is a bit wider where my fingers rest resulting in less hand fatigue when writing. I think I’ve tried almost every nib out there, but my current favorites are the Hunt 101 and Gillott 404. My favorite ink for practice and writing work for digitizing is Moon Palace Sumi Ink. For finished work and envelope orders, I prefer McCaffrey’s Penman’s Ink, Walnut Ink, Dr. PH Martin’s Bleedproof White and Finetec Metallics.
I recently began combining my love of calligraphy with my architecture and interior design background by creating watercolor home and venue portraits featuring calligraphy. For those, I like Stonehenge Aqua 140# hotpress watercolor paper. It has a smooth surface that is perfect for writing calligraphy.
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
One way I recharge and find inspiration is through the calligraphy community on Instagram. Everyone I have encountered so far has been very kind and willing to talk and share ideas. I also love taking workshops and continuing education classes. Away from calligraphy, I like to take time to cook, read books and do yoga for exercise.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
For a short time, I worked as a floral designer. I’m glad the search to always be doing something creative has led me full circle from a thirteen year old with a Speedball Kit to where I am today.
Also, I’m 5′-10″ tall and everyone always thinks I was a superstar basketball player. The truth is, I was terrible at basketball and had to stick to cross country and track where I did not have to worry about dribbling a ball while running.