Stately Made was born out of a love of history and culture, pretty paper, and the good ol’ South. Owner and operator Jordan Jarvis Hughes works out of her Birmingham, Alabama studio and aims to bring smiles and an appreciation for the culture that makes each state and region of this great nation just that – great.
When Jordan was in college, she took several folklore and southern history classes and noticed that something inside her came alive as she learned about traditional arts, music, foodways, and folktales that were unique to each region and state. It gave her a sense of state pride and an appreciation for her own family history, the roots she had come from. After she took a formal calligraphy class, her two passions began to intersect in the form of hand lettering quotes and bits of state and regional culture. Jordan took a particular interest in state foodways, which studies how food intersects with history and culture, because no matter where you call home, food is a sweet (and savory) reminder of the kinship and traditions you share with others, both family and neighbors. Once she created a food print for Alabama, she knew she had to keep going for all 50 states!
Jordan is on the hunt to find the tastiest and most iconic fare that each state has to offer and celebrate it with pretty lettering. She is inspired by her home and the phrases the folks she grew up around used. She aims to celebrate the South, to show off its best qualities and invite others into that joy and celebration, whether it be food, pastimes, or dialect.
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