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contact information

debby reelitz
ph: 860-413-9041
24 silkey road; north granby, connecticut 06060

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Hmmmm...just remember, I'm a bit of a dinosaur. After all, I do make my living writing by hand. So I'm often not on the computer and find that a project
moves along more effectively via a phone call.


custom work

Creating a calligraphic artwork with words, lyrics, and/or images that are meaningful to you is a wonderful way to honor special ideas, people or events. It is one of the privileges of being a calligrapher. I am often included in some of the most personal experiences we go through in this life: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, loss of a loved one, bar and bat mitzvahs, holidays and more. It is truly an honor.

The process of creating a custom piece involves time to exchange information, allow ideas to develop, execute and if needed, to frame. If possible, please allow 6-10 weeks to complete the project. Another note on timing is a bit of a confession but please give me a deadline even if you don't have a set one in mind. As part of my life as a calligrapher and self-employed-type, I juggle multiple projects at any one time and sometimes if I don't have a set deadline a project can slide for too long. So you can support me by clearly setting a reasonable timeframe and making sure we stick with it.

Costs vary dramatically for a project. In general, most projects will be between $200 and $500. Elaborate pieces will of course be more. For very small projects there is a minimum fee of $40. A family tree of 20-30 names will be at least $500 due to the complexity and time needed to determine spacing, lettering, accuracy, execution.

To start on a project call me to discuss timing and availability. Feel free to send me the text (email, fax, snail mail) prior to our conversation as that is one of the first things I will ask of you. By seeing the actual text I get a true image of what you are discussing--one person's 'short' stanzas is another person's epic poem. The other step that is very helpful is if you can guide me as to what style you are looking for. Oftentimes by coming to the studio and looking at past projects and artwoks or by reviewing the work in the Art and Custom sections of this website, many people are able to direct me to what they like. Even if you can tell me what you don't like that can be helpful as well.

Once those preliminaries are in place we can discuss possible layouts and ideas. I often work with people long distance so most of the time this can be done via digital images, sketches, etc. A live meeting here at the studio can be very helpful but is not a requirement. Throw in some time and magic in the studio and I'll have your work complete.