"Microns have been my go-to drawing utensil since I discovered them in high school.
At the time, I loved how they kept a crisp line and didn't bleed through the pages of my sketchbook. Here I am nearly 20 years later, still swearing by this pen and using nothing else for my fine lettering work. The solid line of the 08 Micron makes it my preferred pen, since the line is thick enough to translate into letterpress prints without losing any detail."
Ever since she was a young child designing her own greeting cards, Arley-Rose's goal has always been to create beautiful things that serve a meaningful purpose. After graduating from Parsons the New School for Design in 2004, she left the hurried lifestyle of New York City to put her talents to good use as the in-house graphic designer for an arts non-profit in Providence, Rhode Island. Her life-long passion for drawing and design developed into a fanaticism for lettering and typography; a craft that found its match when she met the founder of a community printshop and her future wife, Morgan Calderini.
Together they launched Ladyfingers Letterpress in 2011 when their own wedding invitations went viral on the internet, and since then their unique one-of-a-kind invitations have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, Newsweek, Brides Magazine, The Knot, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and more. In 2013 they launched a line of greeting cards that highlighted Arley's lettering and sense of humor, while offering the luxurious feel of their custom invitations. Often featuring pop-out designs, tiny envelopes with secret hidden messages, and cards that become three-dimensional works of art, their greetings cards can be found in over 100 stores in America, Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.K.
As an artist and member of the rumbling collective known as the Dirt Palace, Arley-Rose has shown her work in galleries across Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania; as well as MoMA PS1 and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. She is also the psyched recipient of the 2008 and 2009 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts' Fellowship Merit Awards in the Design category.
She is an avid Instagrammer (follow her at @ladyfingersletterpress) and loves to cuddle with her cat, Meatball. When she's not burning the candle from both ends, she helps her wife fly her hot air balloon and makes a wicked batch of macaroni and meatballs on Sundays.
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