Jody Meese is a professional lettering artist who relishes the variety of projects, venues, styles and media she works with every day. From commercial chalkboards, to illuminated manuscripts, to calligraphic engraving at on site events, she loves beautifying the world one letter at a time. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has clients all over the US.
Jody considers herself a recovering flutist, having played professionally with orchestras in Hartford, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. She holds degrees in music from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and California Institute of the Arts, and attended Academy of Art University for calligraphy. She is a member of San Francisco Friends of Calligraphy, Society for Calligraphy of Southern California, Pacific Scribes, Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet, and Washington Calligraphers Guild. Currently she is President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) and will chair their 2020 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Mil Plumas" is Spanish for "a thousand pens" or "a thousand quills", and is also a nod to her dear grandmother, who was a writer named Mildred Pluma. Fellow calligraphy geeks (and genealogy enthusiasts) will appreciate that via Mildred's lineage, Jody is a fourth cousin, twice removed, of the legendary penman Earl A. Lupfer.