365 Days of Handlettering

“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort toward wholeness.” - Madeleine L’Engle

The last few years have looked very little like I could have ever expected, and have held a lot of ups and downs. Throughout this season, I found myself craving a sense of consistency, in some form or another. I have long been someone who holds onto words with all my might, and had been dabbling here and there with some typography. After some inspiration from artists who had done a 365 day project, I decided that I would do one handlettered piece, every day, for the calendar year of 2014.

I had no expectations starting out, other than to complete the project, and make all these pieces. It slowly began to grow, from people asking for custom work to wedding invitations and programs, from pieces to give to individuals in seasons of grief to pieces to give to individuals in seasons of joy, and began to grow into a space that held many different things for me. It became a space where I could share words and phrases and ideas that meant a lot to me. It became a space for me to share where I was, honestly, even when that wasn’t always where I wanted to be. It became a space for me to make connections to some very important people in my life, and for me to articulate the big and small and everyday truths I was coming to realize. It became a space to redefine, or remember yet again, the definition and application of words I have long used, but forget to actually apply to my life. It became a space that I never anticipated experiencing, and simultaneously one that I cannot imagine not having. Below are some of my favorites, and you can check out the entire series, archived here