Featured Arts and Crafts Vendor: InCharacter Asian Calligraphy

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Editor’s Note: From handcrafted jewelry, fabric hand bags made with Asian inspired prints to Asian influenced apparel and creative home decorations, AsianWeek will be featuring Asian-inspired Arts and Crafts vendors each Tuesday to kick off the summer festival season and into the fall.

The featured vendors all have previously participated in the Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) – the largest pan Asian street fair nationwide that takes place the third Saturday of every May in San Francisco.

Produced by the AsianWeek Foundation, the AHSC is committed to supporting and promoting these creative and hardworking craftsmen vendors who may otherwise not get the online attention and exposure they deserve.

InCharacter Asian Calligraphy

Owner and calligrapher Cecilia Swift is the sole proprietor of InCharacter Asian Calligraphy.  Started in late 2000 with painting Chinese characters on gold plates, she soon expanded to painting tiles, panels, picture frames, shadow boxes, and other media as backdrops to present her calligraphy as a result of customer demands and a quest for new challenges.  Along with Chinese calligraphy, Swift also works on Japanese kamons (family crests),  and takes custom orderes for name calligraphy in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.
In addition to her business, Swift has made contributions to the arts community through completion of special commissioned projects, creating awards for organizations, designing & writing martial arts certificates, and tattoo character design templates. A former software engineer, Swift created and still maintains her own website, www.incharacter.biz, where she showcases and sells her calligraphy.  Swift also attends and sells her ware at
craft fairs and art shows throughout the Bay Area.


For more information about Cecilia Swift’s products, or to make a purchase, please visit: http://www.incharacter.biz/.

About the Author

Tiffany Louie is an Asian American born in San Francisco, obsessed with SF Giants baseball, Hello Kitty, good food, politics, and dogs (not necessarily in that order).