Welcome, I'm Joi Hunt, the calligraphy artist behind Bien Fait Calligraphy, based in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois, on the North Shore of Chicago, where I live with my husband and two children.
Pointed pen calligraphy is for me the perfect blend of everything I love: color, texture, the glisten of wet ink, the nib gliding across paper, and using my hands to create something beautiful, inspiring, and meaningful for my clients.
My pointed pen style is informed from instruction and study in Copperplate, Spencerian, Engrosser's Script, English Roundhand, and Italian Hand. I have been fortunate to study with several Master Penmen , Master Calligraphers, and other artists. I have earned a Certificate of Calligraphy in Copperplate from the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society of the UK (CLAS). I pour over gorgeous historical exemplars of the past, and interpret them for how we use calligraphy today.
My design aesthetic is rooted in being a perpetual student of design, with a BS in Fashion Design, BFA in Interior Design, and AD in Graphic Design, coupled with 20 years of work experience with Herman Miller, Milliken, and legendary Chicago fashion designers Hino & Malee. Clean lines, balance, proportion, and simplicity translate through all areas of design, including my calligraphic styles.
Bien Fait is a French phrase, meaning "made well". Everything I do is crafted with this spirit. Made well and made with love.
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“I recently worked with Bien Fait Calligraphy to create a custom wedding suite. My husband and I were blown away by Joi's professionalism, talent, and craftsmanship. She is a true artist and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend working with Bien Fait Calligraphy on your next project! ”
"I cannot say enough to adequately articulate the quality of owner and master calligrapher Joi Hunt's work. She is not only a gifted calligrapher but extremely service minded and timely in her delivery. We will be working with Joi and Bien Fait again!"
"I have worked with Joi so far on two very different projects and styles, her personal aesthetic is beautiful. I will also give her bonus points for being a lovely human! I will always come to her when I need calligraphy, no matter the project, I know she can do it. xo"
"Joi has the most beautiful calligraphy and is an absolute pleasure to work with.
We did all of our wedding calligraphy for addresses with her, as well as a number of spot calligraphy items to be printed on our wedding invitations. The final product turned out SO beyond beautiful, and her writing had a ton to do with that. She also created the most beautiful custom monogram for us to use for thank you cards. Our lighting designer for our wedding even took the file and made a cutout so that they could shine our custom monogram on the dance floor at our wedding reception!
Joi was so easy to work with throughout our entire process, and was extremely understanding with revisions, changes, etc. She was extremely prompt to respond and super organized. She also was able to get projects done super quickly for us, which was very helpful. I can't say enough positive things about Joi and working with her!
We will absolutely be using her for any calligraphy needs we have in the future, and if you have any calligraphy needs, you should work with her as well!!! Thank you Joi!"