about

Jenn and James Lewis | owners

Quills is the love and creation of Jenn and James Lewis. After creating the invitations and stationery for their own wedding in 2001, and receiving many requests from friends and friends of friends to create invitations for their weddings and special gatherings, Quills was born. First, it was meetings with brides at the closest donut shop, then a store front in beautiful Westdale, (Hamilton Ontario Canada), until 2006, then an opportunity to move Quills into the Coach House of historic Rock Castle - a gorgeous 1848 stone mansion overlooking the great city of Hamilton. The specialized work of Quills has been featured in Wedding Chicks , Wedding Bells, The Hamilton Spectator and House Beautiful Magazine. A love of paper and stationery has evolved Quills into a unique shop that sells handcrafted gifts and stationery items made using Chiyogami, a handmade screen printed Japanese paper. Now Quills sells their homespun collection of gifts in awesome gift shops, the best bookstores, and on the road - at art and craft shows around Ontario.

Phyllis Macaluso | in-house calligrapher

A graduate of McMaster University, Phyllis is a professional freelance calligrapher and watercolour artist working from her home studio in Hamilton. Most of her work is graceful lettering of envelopes for weddings and other special occasions, elegant place cards for weddings, and hand lettered documents and certificates for all occasions. Phyllis’ love of calligraphy and watercolour design comes to life in her work with hand lettering, flourishing and painting of envelopes. She is a member of Iampeth in the U.S., Washington Calligraphy Guild, The Spencerian Study Group of England,The Copperplate Interest Group of England, and the R.C.C.G. She is the current President of The Hamilton Calligraphy Guild, and as well as having participated in local exhibitions, her work has been published in Bound & Lettered, The Penman’s Journal, The Spencerian Review, and most currently her work has been showcased in a 2014 calendar published by the Copperplate Interest Group of England. Phyllis’ creative lettering and pointed pen flourishing has also been highlighted in Erica McPhee’s modern and classic calligraphy magazine, Dasherie July 2014 issue. Phyllis Macaluso’s recent wedding work has been featured at at The Art Gallery of Hamilton / Annex, together with wedding planner Sue Gallo Designs and Quills Invitations. Phyllis is also the 2013 winner of The Graceful Envelope contest sponsored by The Washington Calligraphy Guild in the U.S.A, and her artwork was displayed in 2013 at the Smithsonian in Washington.