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Alumni Spotlight: Alexandra Schwenke '00
Penny Angelo

Alex Schwenke is owner and founder of Mesh by Alex, a stationery company specializing in letterpress printing, illustration, watercolor,
and calligraphy. She recently redesigned AOS' graduation stationery package including our diploma, invitation, and program. For more
information, visit meshbyalex.com.

How has an AOS education shaped who you are today?
The friendships I made at AOS have been so steadfast. In every decade of life, we are there for each other no matter the distance.

What is your favorite artistic memory from AOS?
One of my favorite annual activities was designing the flags for our Olympic teams.

Who or what inspired you to turn your passion into a business?
A mother of an old AOS classmate actually! She was also my Sunday school teacher at St. Luke's. She was always so encouraging of my work and connected me with a designer who trained me and pushed me to the next level.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Mesh by Alex is among a handful of really wonderful Houston-based stationers doing custom work. I'm proud it has grown quite
rapidly in the last couple of years. I was able to raise $10,000 in COVID relief funds which I donated to four of my favorite
charities in 2020.

What advice do you have for the next generation of artists at AOS?
Have fun! Enjoy what you make and push your imagination! Don't be afraid to be the only person in your grade that doesn't play a single sport....you'll be okay.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish next?
I am just SO hopeful that some time in 2022 it will be safe enough to take a really wonderful long trip! I LOVE what I do, but creativity
needs to be fed!

 

This article was originally published in the Fall 2021 issue of The Delphian

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