Meet Katie Nading!
Katie is the owner & founder of Eden & Ev Calligraphy located in Greenville, South Carolina!
To be honest, I have met Katie, but only through email. When I first emailed her, I asked her to be a part of
my styled shoot that was being hosted in Greenville. She did excellent, WAIT! Excellent doesn’t even start
to describe her work. She did FANTASTIC work for our styled shoot, & was not afraid to take on new
challenges. She has a natural talent & passion for what she does! Her interview is amazing & I can’t wait for
you guys to get to know her!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m Katie Nading. I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama. I moved with
my family to Greenville, South Carolina in 2015 for my husband’s job. I have
two daughters ages 3 and 5. I was a teacher for six years in Alabama &
started my calligraphy journey in 2015 when I moved to South Carolina.
What made you get into calligraphy?
When I decided to stay home with my two daughters after we moved to
South Carolina, I knew I needed a new hobby. I started sketching letters one
day while my daughters were napping. Soon I was spending almost every
day writing letters in different ways. I loved studying how different
calligraphers would write the same word.
How did you come up with the name for your company?
Eden is my second daughters name & Lula Evelyn is my oldest daughter’s name.
How do you find new inspiration for your work?
I find a lot of inspiration from other artists on Instagram. I take a flourish that
one artist has used & make it into my own. I also find inspiration in every
day life. I love writing on my favorite quotes on my IPad to help inspire people.
How did you learn calligraphy? Or did it just come as a natural talent?
I learned calligraphy through teaching myself. It has taken a lot of practice
& patience to learn all the strokes. There are a lot of great lettering videos
on Instagram and on YouTube that I watched in the beginning. Everything else
has been trial & error.
What piece of work are you the most proud of?
I would say I’m the most proud of the job I did for celebrity chef Alex Hitz. I
have cooked from Alex’s cookbook for the last four years. Last November, he
asked me to do copperplate calligraphy for his event in February. I actually
had to teach myself how to do copperplate calligraphy in two weeks! I also
got to write out some very familiar names in the process. I’m proud of the
hard work I put in to get my calligraphy where it needed to be.
How far in advance should a couple book you?
A couple should book me at least a month to two months in advance. The more
notice I get, the better. It usually takes about a week or two to letter 100 envelopes.
What is your favorite product to create? (Invites, place settings, etc)
My favorite thing to create are envelopes. I love writing in Traditional and
Modern Calligraphy for envelopes. I love that each couple wants something
different, so each envelope job is so customized & special for that specific couple.
Do you do calligraphy for other events besides weddings? If so, what are they?
I predominately work for brides and grooms getting married, but I have done
calligraphy for birthdays & baby showers.
What has been the craziest project you have been a part of?
The craziest project I have done was writing on a mock check. My client called me & said she needed me
to write on a pretend check for her friend as a joke. I had a little less than an hour to pick a pen & write
out the check in calligraphy. That was definitely my most interesting project to date.
How do you balance work & life?
The work & life balance can be hard. I started doing calligraphy when I had a
newborn & a two year old!! I try to only take on 1-3 jobs a month so I can spend
adequate time with my kids. I work while my kids are at school & while they are
taking naps. Sometimes I have last minute projects that I take on & I have to fit in
the work when I can. My kids go with me a lot of the time to drop off work for locals
& to pick up envelopes. They are a huge part of my business.