Once you meet Carolyn, small business owner and calligrapher of Anchored Paper Co. you can’t help getting caught up in her lively dynamic drive. She has a bright, friendly personality and is enthusiastic about life! I had the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn on behalf of The Inc. to feature her as The Inc.'s May Member Spotlight and celebrate Small Business Week (April 30-May 5).

With 13 years of design expertise behind her, Carolyn, is a notable forerunner in her field. Her focus is in creating beautiful custom wedding suites, a package service that often includes handwritten materials customised for her clients. This includes everything from the save-the-date note to the wedding invitation and the wording on the table place cards at the reception.  

She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design and lives in Seattle with her husband and two and half year old daughter.

Fluent in all areas of design, Carolyn has a specific passion for hand lettering, typography and print design. Her detail-oriented, unique and creative designs have been been recognised and featured in Seattle Bride magazine and other online and print publications.

Carolyn loves to share her skills and passion for her art with others and regularly hosts modern calligraphy workshops. She recently hosted a few workshops in collaboration with Glassybaby, where she taught the careful strokes of fine lettering on glassybaby votive candles.          

Although she works from her office studio space in Ballard a few times a week she is a frequent member of the Inc. Greenlake. “The Inc. is wonderful,” Carolyn says. “I could get a nanny for my daughter but not only does the Inc. offer an affordable playschool option, my pretty independent daughter Lily, really thrives with social interactions and she is so excited as soon as we walk through the doors. I feel like The Inc. is helping me to be a better mom. And let’s be honest, working from home never works.”

As an outgoing creative, Carolyn sometimes struggles to feel motivated while she sits and works alone in her studio. The Inc. provides the social interaction she craves. “It energizes me and I feel less isolated.”  

In her free time Carolyn enjoys connecting with friends and is the advertising coordinator for her daughter’s co-op preschool. Carolyn and her husband are overjoyed to be expecting a baby boy this Summer, and she is looking forward to being a working mom parenting an infant and a toddler. “After this baby comes I think the Inc. will be a great constant in my life.”

- Lauren Watkins, readtowriteblog.com, Instagram: @readtowriteblog

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