12 Jan

Dana Tanamachi

categories Ceremony & Reception, Details + Decor, DIY Wedding

We’re, like, REALLY excited about this post. REALLY. Amanda stumbled upon this last week and we’ve been practically bursting to share. Dana Tanamachi’s work is nothing short of frickin’ AMAZING. Can you imagine having her do an installation at your reception venue? Dana is available for custom lettering on chalkboards, chalk walls– basically anything covered in chalkboard paint!

Hire her! Do it. Doitdoitdoit.

Her specialty is large scale installation pieces, things make a statement and that people can really interact with and enjoy. Um, we’re sold.

And a bit about Dana’s work, from the artiste herself:

“A big inspiration behind my work is the idea of community. It brings me great joy to see people dancing, eating, and laughing with my chalk pieces as the backdrop. Even the idea of creating these pieces was birthed out of my community of friends here in Brooklyn. I find that I am continually inspired by so many of the creative people that I live life with—it’s those friends who initially saw my love of letterforms and encouraged me to explore that passion even further.

What I love about chalk is that it is such an ephemeral medium. We use it to scribble or doodle with, but rarely do we consider carefully crafting something with it. Maybe it goes against our practical nature—why spend time on something that will be gone in a day, week or month? But that’s why it’s the perfect medium— because for me it’s about the process. I love starting out on a clean wall, climbing up on a ladder, sketching with broad strokes, refining the letterforms, adding little details, etc. It’s a chance for me to take a break from the computer and create something purely by hand. I’m such a crafter at heart!”

SRSLY. Her way with lettering is truly awe inspiring. Must have decor element for 2011 weddings – A Dana Tanamachi installation!

And check out a time lapse video of Dana working her typographic magic:

Desiron Chalk Art from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

Thank you Dana!

Wedding mini chalkboards shot by Kelsey Foster. Brooklyn photo shot by Eric Ryan Anderson

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  1. Thank you for sharing this. I was just thinking the other day that there should be calligraphy for chalkboards. Such a great post. Her work is brilliant!

  2. ,,,too cool!,,,she’s hired!,,,

  3. I work as a pro singer and have been to many weddings, but I’ve never seen anything as eye catching and original as this. Beautiful work!


  4. From having lived with Dana in Brooklyn, I can honestly say she is insanely talented and one of the most humble artists I know. I echo your words…Hire her! Do it. DOITDOITDOIT!!

  5. I believe the first photographer’s name listed in the credits is actually Kelsey, not Kelly. Otherwise, excellent article!

  6. I’m so glad you featured her work. I love her work!

  7. I think this is AMAZING!!!

  8. SUPER brilliant!!!

  9. I die. Think I need one in my studio. Awesome.Awesome.Awesome.

  10. amazing!! love it.

  11. this is BEYOND amazing…

  12. Amazing work, Dana!

  13. I JUST posted about her last week! I love her work! Check it out here: http://www.inspirationnetworked.com/personal-inspiration-post-1-type-artists/

  14. How absolutely stunning! Her work is magnificent.

  15. GORGEOUS! Makes me want to paint my entire house with chalkboard paint. Even the outside!!!

  16. Beautiful work! Does she ship her work? I know the Brides in Indiana would love her stuff!

  17. WOW! What amazing chalk art!

  18. deng. i love this. things like this make me feel alive.

  19. beautiful, inspiring work!

  20. WOW, I am so impressed by this unique talent! thanks for sharing!


  21. Oh My God! That is amazing and beautiful…and not easy. For a past wedding I had to hand write the dinner menu on small chalkboards…and it was pretty difficult. I’m keeping the post in my future wedding file! Thanks!

  22. Incredible work! Gorgeous lettering!

  23. O.M.G, I am sooooo inspired, I love what you’ve done with something so simple as chalk!
    Your amazing. Love it.
    The obvious, how much?
    do you ship?

  24. Stunning work all around!!! Beautiful!

  25. I love this and see a lot of similiar things in coffee shops in the BK area. This is a great way to add some personality to your wedding. I sell these chalkboards on my site and will be mentioning this post as inspiration to my brides who purchase chalboards for their weddings. Thank you.

  26. Parabéns pelo excelente trabalho. Simple the best!!!

  27. I love this! I wish I had that sort of talent!

  28. Wow these are stunning! I wish I was talented to do something like this.

  29. Dana is great, I paint smaller chalkboards that can be shipped. I think Dana may only be available for large scale projects, She did the O magazine cover a while back. Her website doesn’t say anything about small jobs and even states that she isn’t available for wedding work.

  30. What stunning signs! I have never seen signs as good for a long time.

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