A little bit about me


Welcome to Kristina Virtue Designs.  I am a calligraper and hand letterer based in Newbury Park, California.  At various times I have lived in other parts of the country and also spent a year living in London, where I studied calligraphy at the only University in the world to offer such a program, Roehampton University.  But I’ve mostly lived on the outskirts of Los Angeles my whole life and even returned here in order for my husband and I to raise our two little girls here where we enjoy all the museums, the beach and hiking in the local mountains.

Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, I was always outside at the beach or swimming in someone’s pool, going to the Begonia Farm (no longer around) or South Bay Botanical Garden. I’m the geek who would notice the pretty flowers planted everywhere and the awesome purple trees (Jacarandas) blooming each spring-not what song was playing on the radio or what brand jeans she was wearing.  I also loved calligraphy and was told I was good at it but never acted upon that skill. Fast forward many many years later…

I found myself packing some suitcases and supplies and taking advantage of being one of the last students to study Calligraphy at Roehampton University, London, where I was awarded the Certificate of Completion (the highest award given). My studies also touched on bookbinding, gilding, and the St John’s Bible.

I’ve always been a type and letter nerd, and find so much enjoyment and amazement in the letterforms that graffiti artists can pull off and that decorate freight traversing across our country!

So now today I find myself busier than ever trying to keep up with all the ideas floating around in my mind and at the same time take care of two little girls, our dog, and my husband.  I never particularly thought of myself as talented or even artistic but I find myself being told those things more and more often. So with my confidence boosted a few notches I started my own design firm.

Take a look around and see what suits you. Most of my work is custom so if you don’t see it here, let’s get together to discuss ideas!

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