Speaking Calligraphy with Martha Marie Wasser


“The ability to convey thoughts through written words was important for many societies and still very important even today.”

Art transforms the way we think as we try to grasp the sentiments of the world around us. We use art to express ourselves and open up to others. Art, and it’s many forms, has been around forever and continues to evolve today due to the ease and accessibility of digital editing software. In ancient times being an originator like a scribe or writer was considered an asset and was difficult without an apprenticeship. The ability to convey thoughts through written words was important for many societies and still very important even today.

Enter calligraphy which not only elevated the way words were written but help pushed the art world to the forefront of multiple cultures. Today Calligraphy can be seen in stores and on signs, within books and movies. It isn’t a dying art form by any means however due to recent improvements in technology the amount of handwritten calligraphy has dissipated but some still keep loyal to the craft.

Martha Marie Wasser

Let us get you acquainted with Philadelphia’s own Martha Marie Wasser who owns Amour Artistique Paper Co. The company produces some of the most beautiful wedding invitations in the country handwritten and designed by Martha herself. Her art has been featured in a multitude of weddings and events with notable celebrities using her work including Claude Giroux, the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. Martha even has worked with incredible fashion houses although due to NDA’s in place she can’t reveal whom.

Martha went to college in New York for theatre and upon returning to Philadelphia she realized she needed to keep that art connection in her life that she thrived off of. While back her focus at the time was studio art and photography an inspiration you can see in her Instagram post and her website. Martha told us that the shift came around the time she was 21 to 23.

As you scroll through Amour Artistique Paper Co.’s Instagram you can start to see a pattern of the bold prints and fonts embedded on parchment. There are videos of Martha’s hand effortlessly guilding across paper crafting beautiful while holding a unique pen. Although invitations are her primary focus her work is used on other objects such as hangers, mirrors and, antique looking jars. Her calligraphy work on objects looks absolutely wonderful and could be the perfect addition to home or office space.

Classic Entourage spoke with Martha about her art and she revealed what her busy schedule looks like. “I take about 12 custom invitation orders a year, 2-3 signage jobs a month, 1 workshop a month and constantly has passion projects.” She has been asked to work for multiple corporations across the United States and has expanded her main business throughout the tri-state area. She continues “2 years ago I took the leap into being full time for myself and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m happily creating and living my best life!”

“2 years ago I took the leap into being full time for myself and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m happily creating and living my best life!” – Martha Marie Wasser

In Martha’s free time she likes to paint for pleasure mainly on canvas and love antique saws as well. She recently acquired a machine that cuts vinyl thus her custom shirts and bags will be readily available soon. Martha’s work has also influenced her into designing tattoos which she explains is a total passion of hers. On top of all this and her busy schedule she still makes time to do an art charity event yearly which helps out her local community. This year she will be working on producing LGBT quotes and prints that will benefit Attic Youth and Philadelphia.

Since Martha’s brand has become nationwide she has added a few people to her team. Her team now includes: Tor Lydon @torlydon (social media, marketing, poetry) and Brad DeLeone @bradfordvanjohn (graphic designer). 

For more information visit @amourartistique on Instagram or www.amourartistique.com!” 

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