“Why don’t you relax?” has always seemed like some sort of sedentary punishment to me. I’ve never been good at traditional relaxing (taking a nap, reading a book, watching television or gaming). That all just makes me anxious and fidgety. For me, relaxing means releasing pent up energy but it still has to be an active endeavour. As a designer and painter, I often felt that doodling and drawing relaxed me. Planning out paintings and sketching never felt like work. When I started teaching typography and became more fascinated with the creation and structure of letters, I also started practicing handlettering. I found that drawing letters and words relaxed me and soon this became a daily ritual.
Every morning, I get up and I practice handlettering. It might be for 20 minutes or it might be for 2 hours but I sit and I practice. I focus on the movement of the pen and how the shapes of the letters interact with each other. I think about the words I am choosing and their structure. Sometimes I am influenced by the music I am listening to or sometimes I focus on what I am especially grateful for. This form of relaxing play is a wonderful way for me to start my day and to let go of any tension inside of me. This online shop and everything in it is a product of many, many years of play. Feel free to check out my instagram for process, sketches and work.
When I’m not lettering, sketching, teaching, painting, sewing or running various workshops, you can usually find me on my bike, thinking and planning out my next project. And no, I don’t ever really stop.