A few weeks ago I spent a Friday screen printing for the first of my 2019 #My5Days! Every year I look forward to having the time to either try something new or spend a day exploring. I decided to letter our neighborhood’s name for t-shrits and prints for this first day away! I’m really happy with how they turned out and I love having a better understanding of screen printing for future projects. Thanks to Press Monkey Studio for leading this workshop, if you need any custom printing done Brian is your guy!
Hello, friends! It’s been awhile since I recapped a book, but I recently finished The More of Less by Joshua Becker and I couldn’t help but take a few notes. This book talks about minimalism and now living with less can lead you to live a happier, more generous, life. I definitely don’t consider myself a minimalist, but I have been making an effort to be more conscious of my purchases and I found many of his points really inspiring.
If you have ever been overwhelmed by your possessions, or thought about living a more minimalist life this book should be on your list! I think this quote best sums it up:
While out and about shopping for Valentine’s cards I was happy to see my lettering applied to a couple new cards this year! I can’t wait to send this sister card to one of my sisters, and I also love working on mono-weight scripts — this “hello” lettering was no exception. I hope you are making plans to celebrate with those you love!
One of my favorite card collaborations is now available for Valentine’s Day! I created the lettering for this piece and my friend Leslie worked her design magic to make this card come to life. The entire piece is quilled and really really stunning in person. I can’t wait to frame one for my office!
All Photos © Hallmark Licensing, LLC
This weekend I attended Made in the Middle, a creative conference in Kansas City founded by Tad and Jessica Carpenter of Carpenter Collective. I wasn’t able to attend their first conference two years ago so I was thrilled it worked out to go this year! The conference started with a day of workshops on Friday (I attended a live recording of Andy J. Miller’s Creative Pep Talk Podcast!) and continued with an opening party at Messenger Coffee.
Saturday was a day full of lectures, and below are a few of my key takeaways from each of the six talented artists/designers/engineers who spoke. To say the weekend was inspiring is an understatement, and I’m truly proud to be a creative working in the Midwest.
Defining myself loosely opens doors for me.
If I put out the work I want it comes back to me.
My creativity comes in seasons.
Taking time to reflect is an important part of my process.
Amber took time to audit her work and pursue styles that she wanted to work on, even if it was different from work she was known for.
Lift each other up.
100% of perfectionists think they are imposters.
The more you put projects out into the world the more they come back to you.
Take the risks.
Hire people who are smarter than you who truly give a damn.
It’s okay not to be okay.
The first in-house graphic designer at Herman Miller, Inc.
If you have what you believe is an original, creative, terrific idea but you get timid and wonder what your client might think ... present it anyway.
You must disrupt the status quo.
We are all extraordinary.
There can always be a first time.
Just say yes, it is okay to be scared.
Collaboration breeds creativity.
Visibility has consequences.
Create without regrets.
Communicate your place in the market, know your unique value proposition and build connectivity into your business.
Andy J. Miller
The key to your creative career path is waiting for you to say yes.
Life is hard, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. Hard and bad aren’t the same thing. (Andy’s Dad)
You have to go through all the levels, the maze is the key.
A creative path can be rocky.
You don’t know what dark places your creative work might pull people out of.
Be grateful for seasons where you can learn and grow in anonymity.
Who is flourishing because of the time, resources and skills you possess?
Relearn what you thought you already knew.
Seek out and plan those teachable moments, have a willingness to learn (teachability).
Write down your 5 year/10 year/20 year goals.
Friends, if you live in KC you need to stop by Hallmarket on September 15th! Here are just a few of my talented friends who will be selling their artwork at Crown Center:
Lisa Hadley @friendsofhadley
Chloe Daven @positivepennants
Meredith Cox @meredith.e.cox
Alyissa Johnson @alyissaj
Kelly Castor @kellcastor
Lynn Giunta @lynn_giunta
Barb Mizik @barb_mizik
Megan Reed @meganleighletters