Artist Profile: Judy Orcutt

Calligrapher and artist Judy Orcutt of Quilligraphy presents her collection of cards, and talks about getting started in her handmade business.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What is your background, and how did you find what you loved to do?

JO:  I had minimal exposure to art in school. My aptitudes were very high in science. So I pursued a degree in Pharmacy, and was a community pharmacist for almost 40 years. As a single parent, I was committed to providing for my two sons and myself.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Art charmed me and when I could, I would take some lessons – watercolor, drawing, pastels. But it was the lessons in calligraphy that fascinated me the most. They were offered through the local YWCA and the instructor taught the basic strokes and rules using a dip pen. I practiced for hours, loving the sound of the pen on the paper and pull of the pen while making strokes.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

After practicing for several years, I decided to try to develop notecards. At first, they were rather plain. One day at a street show, I saw a product that had just one pressed flower on some computerized calligraphy. Mmmm… I can do much more than that. I hunted around for someone who was pressing flowers and learned how to do that.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Because of my botany background in pharmacy, this was a natural for me. Identifying the floral elements that I used to enhance the quotes, poetry, and my own writing was important to me. I have included that on the back of notecards. I attended an ABI workshop in Asheville, North Carolina in March of 2008, where I learned a lot about creating a product for sales.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  Your work involves both visual design and writing. Tell us about that.

JO:  The original art is done on Bristol board. I make my own colored ink, and press all my flowers which come from my yard and the yards of friends. Once I have a good original, I scan it and create a digital image which allows me to print my cards on demand.

 

Quilligraphy notecard by artist Judy Orcutt. Read her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How many ways do you sell your products?

JO:  This has allowed me to sell wholesale, on consignment (locally, only) and through my website, which has a link into my Etsy shop. I have sold on several online sources and I have applied my designs to other products such as T-shirts, jewelry, and decoupaged boxes. And I do fundraisers usually involving breast cancer as I am a 20-year survivor!

 

 

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  1. THANK YOU, Carolyn and ABI for the very nice blog artist profile you did for me.

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