Experts say that exercising your creativity can give you an outlet from your daily routines, helping to express emotions and boost happiness. I couldn’t agree more. When I feel unbalanced and want to unplug, I go to my creative space in my mind and sometimes it results in something totally beautiful.
When I first laid eyes on modern calligraphy – also called brush lettering – I instantly fell in love with it. At the time, it was beginning to gain a lot of popularity. You’d see it everywhere from wedding and home décor to greeting cards and apparel. I was mesmerized by how whimsical hand-drawn words could look. So I was determined to learn and I watched countless YouTube videos and practiced obsessively.
I think it is important during these challenging times to find an outlet where we can escape for a moment, so we can reset and find solitude.
One day, a friend came to me with an idea for a hand drawn botanical wreath to commemorate thumbprints of the children she fostered. It was so well received that other orders began to come in. So I developed eleven25studios. It’s a fun side project where I’m able to create hand-made, custom artwork for people’s homes, businesses, weddings and more. I feel honored I can make one of a kind, keepsake pieces that can be passed down through generations.
When I am not creating custom work, I teach a beginner’s workshop on brush lettering. I believe it is important to inspire and act as a resource for other people who have always wanted to learn brush lettering but didn’t know where to begin. The advice that I give to anyone who has always wanted to learn is to find a resource and PRACTICE obsessively. In the hand lettering world there is a motto, “Practice makes progress!”
I think it is important during these challenging times to find an outlet where we can escape for a moment, so we can reset and find solitude. Whether it’s starting up a new hobby or picking up old forgotten ones. It’s a good reminder that it’s never too late.
Ana McCubbin is a project manager assistant in our Richmond office. She has been with Clark Nexsen for 11 years and works on projects in a variety of markets sectors, including Wireless Solutions, Public Safety, Transportation, and Commercial. Born and raised in Richmond, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, Zoe and Bella. Outside of her love for calligraphy, Ana is a fan of folk and hip-hop music and is an avid collector of vinyl records.