Lauren of Renmade Calligraphy will be sharing her lettering experience today! Check out this interview at Surely Simple, if you want to know more about Lauren and her creative process. Now let’s hear from Lauren herself!
Please tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m Lauren and many of my closest friends call me Ren, which inspired the name of my business, Renmade Calligraphy. I’m a lefty calligrapher from Kentucky and am also a wife, mom, and full time elementary teacher. In addition, I’m a member of the Tombow USA Design Team and enjoy creating projects and blogging about them for such a fantastic and supportive company. Also in the lettering world I love to post my work mostly on Instagram and co host a challenge with my good #calligrafriend Liss called @togetherweletter. I’m currently working on updating my blog and shop with some really fun content that I’m planning on rolling out very soon!
How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?
My style is whimsical, modern calligraphy. I like to think of it as being a little perfectly imperfect, meaning it doesn’t bother me if the letters aren’t completely straight on the page or all letters are formed exactly the same. I think imperfection makes work unique and adds character. I enjoy mixing different styles together, for example in lots of my pieces I will write parts in script while the others are in a print.
What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?
What motivates me the most is how I feel when I have a brush pen in my hand. There is something about getting to use my creativity to write that is so relaxing to me. I also am motivated by my sweet kids and husband. They are my biggest cheerleaders and are always so encouraging when I need it the most.
Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?
The beauty of calligraphy for me is that it is a side gig for my real job as an elementary teacher, which I also have great passion and love for. I plan to teach until it’s time to retire, so I don’t really have that pressure. I get to enjoy the opportunities as they come and it has made me REALLY good at time management and learning how to say YES and NO to the right things.
What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?
When I first started, I was a lost little lefty that had no idea what I was doing. I opened an instagram account and started posting my work. It took lots of time and hard work to build my Instagram and I am so proud and grateful for all of the lettering opportunities I have been given so far. I never gave up or tried to be something that I am not and that is what makes me the happiest.
Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?
This glass is always half full. Though I’ve definitely been through some hard times and I have gloomy days occasionally, I like to think I am a positive and encouraging person who always tries to look for the good. I have learned that there is a silver lining to every situation… you just have to find it!
Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?
There are too many people that I look up to in the field of Calligraphy to list, but I adore being a part of the lettering community on Instagram. I have met some of my very best friends through sharing my work and reaching out to other calligraphers and I’m so grateful for all of the friendships I have made!
How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?
I normally work on calligraphy on the weekends and nights once my littles are asleep and everything from the day is done. I do my very best work at night when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet. I probably put in 3-5 hours most days. I try to take a few nights off every week to give myself time to relax (aka: watch my favorite shows on TV).
What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?
I recently started listening to Sean Wes’ podcast and I love it. He has great ideas and so much experience as a letterer. Every time I listen I learn some thing new that can only help my business.
How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?
I have always been creative and had a knack for handwriting, but never really found a creative hobby that I just clicked with until I found calligraphy. Calligraphy has definitely showed me how important it is to spend time doing something that makes me happy in addition to making sure everyone else in my life has what they need or is happy. It’s added so much balance to my life and given me an opportunity to share kindness and knowledge of my hobby with others.
What’s next in your artistic journey?
I am currently working on revamping my website/blog and plan to share tons of new content to help both lefties and righties navigate the world of lettering. I also am working on new prints and lettering resources for the shop! I can’t wait to share all of my hard work with everyone very soon!
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