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Meet Jess Grabowski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jess Grabowski.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Up until I had children and got married, my focus was on a business career. I was not connected to this career at all; however, I just happened to stumble upon a great opportunity at a young age and ran with it.

It wasn’t until I had my first child that I was in search of something good for my soul. Leaving a competitive business environment to stay home is quite a shift. I became inspired and felt the yearning to fill my time with something I truly enjoyed. So, I went out and explored all of the markers, pens, and paper. I soon began to learn that it is more about your knowledge and technique rather than the tools you are using.

I have always enjoyed writing and prefer everything handwritten. Handmade and handwritten really speak to me. I love the concept of one-of-a-kind. Something I have is so unique. A single artist took their own time to create.

This brought me to enjoy calligraphy. I find the entire process soothing but no, it wasn’t always so simple. The beginning of my journey was filled with disappointment and mistakes galore. I was no pleased with my results and this brought me to dig a little deeper. I found some resources and calligraphers to admire. Through all of this, I have found my own unique style and hope to inspire young artists to take the time to create something unique, something that is made with your own hands, something that is just theirs.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a self-taught modern calligraphy artist. I work primarily with wedding calligraphy, creating seating charts, addressing envelopes, signage, vow books, personalized hangers and much more.

I hope to inspire others, especially young artists who have not yet found their calling. In addition to my handmade services, I also host workshops to guide others on their lettering journey.

My artwork is more than just my artwork. I support handmade items for a reason. I love to support my community and give more light to creative art. These days we are so bombarded with digital items being mass produced. This is surely not my forte. I want others to see my art, and all art and see the artist. See the vision and notice the small imperfections that make it one of a kind.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The biggest challenge that artists face today is that we are in a digital age. So many things are bought to fill a space rather than buying items that complete you. Items that are available in bulk lose their creativity. It’s a struggle being unique these days. So many designs are produced and sold at stores as “art.” It’s a hard market out there. I believe that focusing on the younger generations and making sure this beautiful art form is not forgotten.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on my social media accounts anytime:

My work, along with other artists will be featured in The Morning List’s 1st Annual Holiday Toy Drive & Pop-up Event on December 13 from 10am-1pm at My Half of the Sky Cafe in Wheaton.

My workshops, Modern Brush Lettering and Watercolor + Lettering, will be held at Shawn Sargent Designs in downtown Glen Ellyn January 19 and February 2. Events are up to date on all social media accounts and Eventbrite!

Some of my exclusive work is available at Shawn Sargent Designs for sale as well as on display.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Becci Hethcoat Photography, Monroe Street Photography, CinderVin Photography

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