meet the penwoman

I'm Karissa Young.

My work is inspired by the history of handwriting, penman of the past, and intricate monograms. I enjoy using classic styles of calligraphy and giving them a modern day look for weddings and other events. I am based in South Carolina, and work with clients from around the United States and internationally to add the finishing luxury touch to their event.

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.”

About Me

Cat whisperer, porch lounger, wannabe chef

As an Enneagram 4, I'm a healthy mix of creative, but also analytical. It makes for the perfect personality for the tedious nature of calligraphy. I studied film photography in undergrad, and then went to law school (and still practice as a lawyer during the day). After law school I missed having a creative outlet, so I went to my local craft store and bought a calligraphy starter kit. What started as a way to occupy my new free time has turned into a passion for studying the lettering arts.

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, Lindley battle, Megan Travis, & manda weaver


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