RELAXED, ROMANTIC STATIONERY & STYLING FOR COUPLES WHO OOZE COOL.
Today, we’re turning the spotlight on the wonderful Caitlin from The Brahmin Lettering Co. As a stationery design and calligraphy studio based just outside of Glasgow, she’s definitely one to add to your ‘must-have’ supplier list, pronto tonto. Whether you’re looking for fun, fearless stationery to pique everyone’s interest before your wedding day, or big, billowing banners to blow everyone’s mind once they’re there, Caitlin’s your gal, bringing a little bit of American cool to the Scottish wedding scene. Read our chat with her below:
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I’m Caitlin McKenna and Brahmin Lettering Co. is my modern calligraphy and stationery design studio based outside Glasgow. The name comes from where the studio was born in 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, which is also the birthplace of Cheers and Matt Damon. You’re welcome.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE
Out of my home studio, I design bespoke wedding stationery, paint wedding backdrops and hand-letter pretty much anything you can throw at me. Working from home is great as it offers me the most flexibility in working hours, I can be as messy as I want and most importantly, I can wear slippers all day.
I also teach modern calligraphy and brush lettering workshops at venues throughout Scotland, so I do get out sometimes. It’s a good excuse to wear real shoes anyway.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
I was first introduced to calligraphy in primary school by my mother and frankly, couldn’t be bothered with it. Fast forward 20 years and I was an Account Director in an ad agency in Boston, stressed out of my brain and living on about 5 hours of sleep a night. I decided to take an evening class in modern calligraphy with a friend who was getting married. And that was it. Doing calligraphy was like a holiday for my frazzled brain. For the first time in years I felt relaxed. And I was hooked.
Soon I was spending evenings doing wedding calligraphy for friends and Brahmin Lettering Co was born. Earlier this year, I took a giant leap and decided to leave my day job in a design agency and take my side hustle full time. I’ve never looked back.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
My work involves writing on lots of different things – from paper, to glass, wood and canvas. I have loved all of it, but my favourite work has always been the things that pushed the boundaries and challenged me. I’ve recently launched a collection of wedding banners and backdrops I am so proud of. This includes huge 3m high wedding backdrops I paint by hand bespoke for each client.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
When it comes to wedding stationery I am all about two things: beautiful type and interesting colours. I love the work of Angelique Ink in pointed pen and Nicole Miyuki in watercolour brush calligraphy. Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Co.’s stationery designs are also a favourite of mine. Her gouache painting and lettering style, as well as the colour palettes she uses, are to die for. Her work is proof that wedding stationery doesn’t have to be about white and pink!
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
Honestly, I wouldn’t say I have a typical day as a lot of my work is bespoke for each client. One day I could be cutting, sewing and painting a massive calligraphy backdrop. The next I could have addressing 100 wedding envelopes. I love it – every day is different and it’s never boring.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
I’m an adopted Glaswegian and it is one of my favourite places on earth. My favourite haunts are in the west end and right now I’m loving Five March. The food and cocktails are incredible.
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
Civic House or Glue Factory in Glasgow. I am really into blank-canvas venues that couples can transform into something that is truly them. Plus the light in these venues is incredible. The photography is always stunning!
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
Colour! I would love to see more couples exploring bolder and richer colour palettes for their stationery and decor. I also love wild and woodland-inspired floral design in industrial venues…it’s the clash of natural and man made textures that is just stunning.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN
“Interesting people have interests” – my Dad. My life changed the day I dragged my exhausted, fed up self from my office to that calligraphy workshop. Life is short. Find something that makes your heart sing and be happy.