The Story Behind the Calligrapher

Hello and welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to learn a little about this small business and how it came to be! Agape Calligraphy was created and founded by yours truly - Miriam Fanous, Orthodox Christian, wife, mom of 3, avid coffee drinker, and calligrapher, and is based in Orange County, California. I began my career as a pharmacist, but eventually fell in love with the art of pointed pen calligraphy in 2015, when my sister, Monica (Faith and Hand) convinced me to drive 3 hours to take a calligraphy workshop. Since then, I have studied traditional scripts, as well as modern calligraphy, under calligraphers Nina Tran, Younghae Chung (Logos Calligraphy), and Jody Che (MBOJ Studio). I’m also a member of the Society for Calligraphy and IAMPETH (The International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting). When I don’t have my pen dipped in ink, you can find me spending time with my family, at our local farmer’s market, or perusing the aisles of Home Goods. (guilty!)

Agape: The Highest Form of Love

I named this small business of mine “agape” because the word “agape” is defined as an unconditional love that transcends and persists regardless of circumstance; it is the highest form of love. What better way to express this love to your loved ones, than by transcribing it into beautiful writing - precisely what the word “calligraphy” means!
My motto is a verse that is near and dear to my heart - “Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14). I promise to create and design every piece with utmost love, care and respect. Well, I’m glad you’ve stopped by! Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any project you’re interested in having me create for you, even if it’s not something you see provided in my services. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Photo by Jen Perez Photography