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 events providing onsite personalization with calligraphic engraving, she loves beautifying the world, one letter at a time.
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 Second Vice President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting.
"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 E. A. Lupfer.