The Brahmin Lettering Co. was born out of my love for the hand-written word.
In a world flooded with hasty emails, tweets, texts and eBooks, I believe that the lost art of beautiful handwriting makes people happy.
Whether it’s a quickly scribbled note from a friend or a carefully scrawled letter from your gran, it’s the feeling of humanity, delicate and imperfect as that can be, that makes it beautiful. In the era of digital everything, it's my aim to put the heart and soul back into the written word.
I’m Caitlin, calligrapher and general admirer of all things lettering.
The Brahmin Lettering Co. sounds all fancy, but it's actually just little old me– a self-taught girl who loves beautiful handwriting, an American managing to resist the lure of fried Mars bars in my adopted home of Glasgow, Scotland.
Growing up in the shadow of my mother's elegant handwriting – her shopping lists alone would put most professional calligraphers to shame – beautiful lettering was in my blood. After a taking a refresher course with a friend in the lead up to her wedding, I officially caught the calligraphy bug.
Soon I was taking on projects for friends, and then friends of friends, and soon The Brahmin Lettering Co. was born. It was named to pay homage to my hometown and spiritual homeland of Boston, Massachusetts and its discretely elegant Boston Brahmins.
My calligraphy style is organic, romantic and modern in the sense that it defies the stuffy conventions of having to be "perfect". I use flexible nib pointed pens dipped in custom mixed gouache and acrylic inks, and can adapt my style depending on the commission.
When I’m not covered in ink, you can find me at my day job in the Glasgow-based design agency D8, chasing after my baby peanut Charlie, consuming excessive caffeinated beverages and exploring the wilds of Scotland.