Photo by Anna Jones Art of Photography

My name is Tome Plaza-Hope, and I’m the hand behind the pen at Ink & Oak Calligraphy.

I started studying calligraphy back in 1999, when I fell in love with my first italics class at the University of Iowa. I’d had a fascination with lettering and typography long before that, and I’ve been playing with handwriting for as long as I can remember.

My goal is to provide my client with unique, beautiful calligraphy, whether modern or traditional, that will set his or her event apart. Hand-lettered pieces are so much more personal and welcoming than anything mass-produced. I like making the connection between giver and receiver a little more special.

I live with my family in the heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, and work with clients across the country.