Let’s meet Suzanne (Suz) Cunningham!
Please tell me a bit about yourself.
I am a calligrapher from Alabama. I love the Lord and my family and my Golden Retriever, Mabel. I have been interested in calligraphy since I was a child. I have always copied letters trying to make them look exactly like the examples. I started addressing wedding envelopes 23 years ago and used a Pilot Precise V-7 roller ball pen. I discovered the pointed pen about 2 1/2 years ago, and what a game changer!
How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?
I mainly write in the Copperplate script style and like to add lots of hairline flourishes. I also enjoy a modern and free script for a different and fun look.
TWO workshops coming to Florence! 🎉 I will be teaching a beginning Copperplate Script class and a Modern Script class at Printers and Stationers, Inc. (PSI) in April. Copperplate – Sunday, April 23, 1:00-5:00 Modern – Monday, April 24, 5:30-8:30 Call PSI (256)764-8061 and speak with Jessica Satkamp for details and registration. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. Limited seating. @psifinestationery #suzcunninghamworkshops #calligraphy #copperplate #modernscript #workshop #winsorandnewton #turquoise #sumi #vermillion #printersandstationers #psi #classwithsuz
What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?
Calligraphy is in my blood, that is my motivator. Every time I write, it amazes me as the ink comes out and makes beautiful letters. It never gets old to me and the beauty of that is very motivating.
Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?
I prefer the more freelance route. That way, I can control how much work I do. I like to go light in the summers so I can spend lots of lake time with my family.
What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?
I love seeing how much my calligraphy evolves and changes over time. It’s really amazing to see what progress your hand can make and it’s very rewarding.
Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?
Definitely glass half full!
Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?
In life, I look up to my family. They are my rock and super heroes. I wouldn’t be where I am today as a person without them. In my field, there are countless people I look up to. Everyone is so encouraging and positive. But for superb quality in letter forms, I really look up to David Grimes. His are like none I’ve ever seen and he is such a positive calligraphy ambassador and role model. Plus, he is so darn nice!
How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?
That’s a tough question to answer, because I either practice or do commissioned work off and on all day and all night. I rarely take a day off unless I’m with my family doing something.
What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?
Unfortunately, reading isn’t my favorite thing to do, so no book is currently in my daily schedule. I should make more time for that!
How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?
I have most definitely evolved in my art. I know how to better critique myself and know the things to look for (even if I can’t make my hand cooperate). It has taught me patience and persistence – two things definitely needed in calligraphy.
What’s next in your artistic journey?
More teaching and conducting workshops. I want to spread my love for calligraphy and help keep it alive!