Michael was born in Philadelphia and currently resides in a Philadelphia suburb. Michael’s passion for creating art began as a child when he sat for hours duplicating and tracing words, letters and pictures from holiday and birthday cards, and he has been in love with the art of lettering ever since. All throughout his school years, he leapt at the chance to take art classes. After graduating from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile design, he attended The Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism. Upon graduation he began a career in the field of Advertising.
Realizing that his passion and hunger to create art was untapped, he and his mother designed a business that would utilize his talents in that realm. They purchased wholesale item such as bags, scarves, umbrellas, sweatshirts and baby items so that Michael could personalize them. He painted letters, initials and words on the items and his love for artistic lettering grew and his desire to pursue calligraphy was born.
He began taking calligraphy courses then studied with a prominent New York City artist and calligrapher. Although a difficult and meticulous art to grasp, it came easily to Michael and he relished it. What started out as a part-time hobby, calligraphy and design became his fulltime business. In August of 2000, MJW Calligraphy was launched. For the last 15+ years, calligraphy has remained Michael’s passion and he has worked with countless people to create the most elegant calligraphy. He is constantly inspired by the people with whom he works and is grateful to be doing what he loves. The pinnacle of the work for Michael is playing a small role in making people’s events, weddings, projects and gifts a tad more special and memorable.
Thanks so much for the fabulous calligraphy job. It has been so much fun working with you, I can’t thank you enough. I feel as if you should be AT the wedding. You will be there in spirit and your artistry will be in everyone’s pocket.
Just wanting to thank you for your part in making our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah truly wonderful! The day was amazing from beginning to end…I not only look forward to using you for our son’s Bar Mitzvah but look forward to continuing to recommend you to others. Your talent is truly unique!
Thank you so, so much – the invitations are unspeakably breathtaking! Honestly, I hyperventilated for about 10 minutes after opening the box and seeing them all arrayed. Each one is a work of art, “Everything this man touches becomes an instant heirloom!” Again, thank you so much for your hard work on our invites – we are immensely pleased with them!
We were incredibly impressed by the quality of Michael’s calligraphy, as were all of our wedding guests. Everything he touches becomes an instant heirloom – one person said to me that she had never known her name could look so beautiful! Michael's service by e-mail and phone was impeccable, and he really went the extra mile for us on several occasions to make sure that we were getting exactly what we wanted and when we needed it. We recommend him without hesitation – you will love his work!
I thought most calligraphers were more or less the same until I started working with Michael. His work blew me away. Each address for our invitations was a piece of art that had an individualized feel. Some of our guests found the calligraphy to be so beautiful that they did not want to open their invite. (We hope they know when the wedding is…) Michael is prompt, courteous and easy to work with. A true professional in every sense. I would be happy to recommend him to a friend. (In fact, I have already done so.)
So many thanks for not only your magnificent calligraphy on the wedding invitations and the ceremony booklet cover, but, more important, for your kindness, willingness and efficiency in meeting their pressing needs. We look forward to more wonderful work from you and will be eager for the opportunity to recommend you highly!
I want to express my sincere appreciation for the beautiful job you did on the envelopes for my “surrogate” mom’s birthday party. Everyone there was talking about your calligraphy! It felt great to design an invite and then top it off with your amazing work.
Thank you for the wonderful job you did on our wedding envelopes! They look beautiful & go great with the font in the invitations. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends!
...exceptional calligraphy. Your invitations and escort cards were beautifully written and assisted us in having a most successful affair. Your work is flawless. Your professionalism was greatly appreciated.