Heather Belle Rolfe
When the overseers of Monticello need historic penmanship for envelopes, diplomas or other documents, they turns to Heather Rolfe. So does UVA, which hired Rolfe to address 2,000 envelopes this past summer to prepare for the September kick-off of its capital campaign. And so have countless brides looking for a classy way to announce their nuptials. In fact, ask around, and when it comes to finding a top calligrapher in town, you'll likely find Rolfe– who does her work under the name Heather Belle Ink.
"I had okay handwriting," she says, "but I always admired beautiful letters and writing." In fact, it wasn't until college, some 30 years ago, that Rolfe got bitten by the calligraphy bug.
"I was a botany major taking a design class when I saw an old English chart," Rolfe recalls. "It triggered something in me."
Though most of her work is for lower profile recipients, Rolfe– whose two sons are now in college– says she's enjoying her work more than ever before.
"I can't be happier than when I'm at my desk," she says. "I almost feel guilty."