I've always been a dreamer, chasing after my "ikigai" (reason for being), to find something to fall so passionately in love with that I'd never want to stop doing it.
When I was working at Marie Claire Magazine as an art assistant back in 2008, the creative director told me something that I still have not forgotten to this date. She said that my design is "too raw" and of course, it wasn't meant as a compliment. I took that criticism and turned it into something that I can now define as my own style. Modern calligraphy has given me my purpose, to break free from traditional restrictions. It has allowed me to put that rawness, full of emotions, into my work. This is how my work sets me apart. Everything I design captures ALL THE FEELS so that when you see it, it will bring you memories, excitement, and most of all, love.
My name is Irene and I'm an award winning events calligrapher and stationer based in Vancouver, BC. Recently named as one of the most creative stationers in British Columbia by Real Weddings, I get my inspiration by pushing boundaries when it comes to innovative design.
My work has been featured in publications such as WedLuxe Magazine, Real Weddings Canada, and Grey Likes Weddings to name a few. I have also collaborated and worked with well known international brands such as Prada, Sephora, Hudsons Bay, Tommy Hilfiger, Beauty Boutique and L'Oreal Luxe.
When I'm not busy trying to turn everything to gold (foiling lol), I can be found experimenting with new mediums, reading a book (with a hot cup of tea), or chasing after one of my three kids.