meet the penwoman

I'm Karissa Young.

I studied art at the College of Charleston but then left the creative world behind to pursue a law degree. Missing my creative side, I went to my local craft store and bought a calligraphy starter kit. What started as a way to occupy my new free time after graduating has turned into a passion for studying the lettering arts. My studio is based out of my 100 year old mill house with my husband, cats, and dogs.

Work Together

Once upon a time pens came from geese, letters came in long rolls, and it took fourteen words and three flourishes to say, “Yours truly.”

Brand Values

To lay some ground rules, I believe that love is love, and proudly serve the LGBTQ+ community as an ally. I believe that black lives matter, and I am committed to practicing anti-racism in my life and in my business. I strive to do my part in helping the environment, which means no fancy packaging here. All of my shipping products are recycled from past clients and orders.

The most beautiful and perfect invitations I could have ever imagined. Thanks Karissa for making our big day SO special already!!!

Mollye, Ireland

Karissa was an actual dream to work with. I can't tell you how many compliments we received!

elleN, Philadelphia

Karissa was so amazing to work with and the envelopes looked perfect! She was communicative & so nice through the whole process.

Dina, Washington D.C.

photography by Jessica Hunt, Ashley Noelle edwards, Megan Travis, Amy Mulder & manda weaver


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