#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel’s Lettering

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#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Hazel and I have the most amazing, supportive husband and two beautiful girls at home who sure keeps me busy.  My lettering hobby turned into addiction this past March shortly after I signed up for an online course. The course helped boost my confidence and decided to start my own lettering account in IG.  I’m not saying that everyone should take a course.  I know some, if not most, are self taught.  I’m just speaking for me 🙂

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#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews
How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

My lettering style I would say is simple, modern and I like to incorporate different font styles(lower case and upper case) in one word or through out a piece I am working on.

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews
What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

What keeps me motivated is definitely the whole #calligrafriends and IG’s lettering community who have been so encouraging in my lettering journey so far and also seeing that my work is being liked makes me feel good.

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Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

If you had asked me this 10 years ago I would say freelance way but now that I have children, I do want more of a secured type of work with my own regulations 😉

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#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

Seeing that the pieces I have done are being admired by many people definitely makes me feel good and also when my girls say “Mom, you’re a good writer!” makes me the happiest even though I’m pretty sure they want ice cream.

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews
Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

To me, it’s all relative.  Having children of my own and seeing how fast they grow in my very own eyes made me realized that I have to enjoy and capture every moment, live in the present,  and most of all, be happy.

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

I always look up to my mom because she is the most kind hearted, unselfish, caring, beautiful, and strongest person I know.  I am very fortunate to have her as my mother.

 How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

I work about 8 hours a day.

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

As of right now, I am reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” to my littles at night.  We shall see how long that will take us to finish.

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#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

I have more confidence in finding my own style.

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#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

#SimpleAlphabets Inspiration: Hazel's Lettering// Opinion9.com creative interviews

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I just want to continue to practice daily and to work on my own style.  As a newbie,  I am still learning and trying out new things everyday.

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Click to find Hazels’ preferred tools:

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Pens

Tombow Mono Erasers

Finetec Metallic Palette

Pentel Aquash Waterbrush Pen

Rhodia Dot Pad

Watercolors from Artist’s Loft

Kuretake Brush Pen

Tombow Mono Pencils

Thanks for sharing, Hazel! Connect with her on her instagram @hazelslettering.

 

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#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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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!#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

 

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.

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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.

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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.

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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.

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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!

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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.

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

#Simple Alphabets Calligraphy Inspiration: Suz Cunningham

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!

Thanks for sharing, Suz! Read her lettering spotlight here at Surely Simple. Connect with her on instagram @suzcunningham.

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#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

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Let’s meet Millly!

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Milly, I live in Bournemouth, UK. I’m a cheese lover and a big fan of dogs! I studied Graphic Design at university and now work in an advertising agency.

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

Brightly coloured and modern.

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

My fiancé has actually been amazing, he has been so supportive. Especially times when I get a little grumpy that I don’t think my work looks great, he gives me encouragement but also tells me what does and doesn’t work! Also the amazing Instagram community, it’s great to be part of it!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

I love my job at the moment, I’m very lucky that I work in a creative environment, however in the future I would love to be able to work from home with my own business.

Happy Friday everyone! Playing with some embossing powders, absolutely love these!

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What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

I love seeing the amount of people I have inspired and helped out. Only a few months ago I was new to all of this and quite nervous about the work I produce. I now get messages and comments from new letterers seeking advice, it’s really shown how my knowledge has developed!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

I’m a big believer that if you act positive then positive things will happen to you. However I am human- I do have my grumpy days sometimes!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

Seb Lester is an absolutely amazing letterer and designer.

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

 

How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

I do about an hour a day on average, some weekends if I don’t have much planned I will end up lettering for the whole day!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

I’m listening to a lot of Sean McCabe’s archive of podcasts at the moment, some get inspiration for pushing myself forwards with my lettering. I’m also reading the Acacia Triology by David Anthony Durhams, if you like Game of Thrones you will enjoy these books!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

It’s just simply a part of me! I have to say though doing Graphic Design at uni does make me see things differently compared to a ‘normal’ person. I generally pick wine with the nicest label, and I even refused to eat at restaurant because their branding was just awful! (It’s okay though, next door there was a restaurant with amazing branding and interior) and don’t get me started on certain fonts!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I’ve just opened up an Etsy shop, so I plan of expanding that and experimenting with different products I want to sell.

CONNECT WITH MILLY:

Instagram: @blinklettering
Twitter: @blinklettering
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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Have you seen #SimpleAlphabets on instagram? The long and short of it is- for everyday of June, we shall be lettering an alphabet a day + some extras. I’ve asked some letterers I admire to share their skills throughout the challenge- as well as to also divulge a few secrets about their creative process. Fun, right? You can join in anytime- just head on over to @surelysimplechallenge and @surelysimpleblog and read this page to get all the details. 

Let’s meet Brittany Luiz!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Brittany Luiz and I’m a handlettering artist as well as the Social Media & Content Manager for Tombow USA. Anyone who knows me knows that I love my job so much – not only do I get to “play” on social media all day, but I get to also literally play with the most amazing products while I’m doing it. When I’m not scrolling through newsfeeds or filling up sketchbooks with letters, I am hanging out with my husband and 8-month-old son, who is quite possibly the cutest child on earth.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

I’d describe my style as “imperfect with personality.” I decided several months ago that I just don’t have the patience for perfection, so if my letters aren’t completely straight or I have gaps in my layout, I’m okay with that. I like to think that my style is representative of who I am as a person – a little quirky, fun and bright.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

Working full-time and being a new mom makes it tough sometimes to be motivated, but as I’ve descended out of the fog that is those first few months of new mommyhood I’ve started to get a better grip on how to manage my “free” time and make the most of it. I practice lettering daily – whether that means getting up 20 minutes early, staying up a little late, or lettering at the kitchen table while my husband and I watch The Walking Dead. I’m currently in the midst of my second #100letteringdays challenge on Instagram where I have committed to handlettering (and posting!) every day for 100 days. The last time I did this I grew immensely because it really forced me to practice while I was still in the very early stages of learning how to letter. This time around, I’m pushing myself to try new techniques and hopefully take my lettering to the next level. You would be amazed at how quickly you can improve by committing to practicing – it’s that drive to be better than I am now that motivates me. Plus, it’s fun and relaxing for me to practice my lettering. If I mess up, there’s always another sheet of paper!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

Before I started working at my current job I was on the path to working for myself 100% as a freelancer. It’s what I thought I wanted to do. Now that I have a job I am over-the-moon in love with, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I do still take on projects on the side though, so I feel like I am living the best of both worlds.

 

What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

I’m so happy that my lettering is finally starting to resemble what I wanted it to when I first started. It’s so frustrating when you can see something beautiful in your head only for your hand to betray you and produce something nightmarish. My hand has finally caught up to my brain and they’re both pretty much on the same page now.

 

Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

My glass is half full 98% of the time. I reserve the other 2% for wallowing in self pity and drowning my sorrows in Starbursts. I’m a generally happy person and sort of live in my own unicorns and rainbows universe most of the time. I’ve become really good at finding the bright side of things and it has helped me to get going down the career path that I have always wanted to take.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

I have so many #calligracrushes! I really look up to Amanda Arneill. I have had the pleasure of actually working with her and she is amazing. Not only is she incredibly talented but she is so thoughtful and humble and sweet. I also really look up to Lauren Fitzmaurice of RenMade Calligraphy. We joke that we’re #calligratwins because we could seriously be the same person sometimes. We both love our full-time jobs, but also love lettering. She is so talented and is such an inspiration to me to see that you can be a successful freelancer while also being successful at your day job. In life as a whole, I really look up to my dad. He has taught me so much over the years and the nuggets of truth he passed on to me have helped me keep a clear head through challenging situations both professionally and personally.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

Ha! How many hours am I not working is the real question here. My work is so intimately related to my hobbies and interests that the lines are almost always blurred. I work my day job from 8-5ish Monday through Friday, and probably spend a good 20 additional hours throughout the week working on other work-related or freelance-related projects.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please,” which is so amazing I can’t stand it. I knew I was going to love the book when she referenced Stephen King (my all-time favorite author) twice within the first couple of chapters. Plus, she’s Amy Poehler. I mean, come on – how can you not like her book? I’ve also been binge-listening to the Sean Wes podcast for months and it is worth its weight in gold. If you’re a creative person and even the least bit interested in being able to make money by pursuing your creative passion, you NEED to listen to his podcast.

 

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

My art has definitely changed me. I think it’s made me more aware of design in general. Part of my job responsibilities includes graphic design and I have noticed that my strictly digital designs have improved so much since I started handlettering. I think those creative pursuits just kind of bleed over into each other and have both evolved as I have evolved in my style and approach.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I just purchased a domain name – brittanyluiz.com – where I will be starting a blog, posting portfolio items and hopefully some lettering worksheets, etc. soon! Other than that, who knows? I’m on this train and just waiting to see where it takes me.

CONNECT WITH BRITTANY:

Website: www.brittanyluiz.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/brittanyluiz

Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

Be on the lookout for the letter Brittany shall be teaching here on @surelysimplechallenge and @surelysimpleblog AND @opinion9!

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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

Hey everyone! Today marks the first of plenty of features for #SimpleAlphabets on instagram. The long and short of it is- for everyday of June, we shall be lettering an alphabet a day + some extras. I’ve asked some letterers I admire to share their skills throughout the challenge- as well as to also divulge a few secrets about their creative process. Fun, right? You can join in anytime- just head on over to @surelysimplechallenge and @surelysimpleblog and read this page to get all the details. 

Our first teacher from the challenge is Jessica Chung- her field is actually education, so it’s no wonder that she’s a brilliant teacher. She has a clean and organised style both in planning out her day via the bullet journal as well as her playful lettering. Let’s get to know more from Jess herself:

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I would describe myself a curious creative, community member, and educator – these identities are core to who I am. Curiosity has called me down exciting paths I never would have considered, almost always to my joy – so now I’m a Minneapolis-based blogger, hand lettering artist, and leadership educator – none of which I would have imagined for myself even just a few years ago. Oh, and coffee addict, I should add that too.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

I would describe my style as a modern script that is always evolving depending on what the work is.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

I don’t really consider the act of Making as work, I suppose! I find myself being drawn to doing it. If I hear something funny, beautiful, powerful, I am CALLED to draw it out, letter it, almost memorialize it on paper. I also have a short attention span so I’m always flitting around trying different tools and techniques, which keeps things really fresh. Lettering is more immediate than my teaching work, so it’s also something tangible for me to use as both a discipline and hobby.

The other part of my lettering work is my shop, which I’m doing with two friends and partners. The act of working on community keeps me accountable, because I feel responsible in keeping things moving for all of us. I’m sure I’d be moving much slower if I was only accountable to myself!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

At this point, I have a LOT of love for all the work I do – not only lettering but also blogging and my full-time job. Having a full-time job I love allows me a lot of freedom in my freelance work – I have to be and GET to be selective about the work I do, which means I can choose the work that really excites me. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go free-lance, to be honest!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

Technically? I love when I can see clean, consistent lines and spaces in my work – it just looks legit somehow, polished. When the flourish lands in the right place, or the white space between words is balanced. Overall, I love looking at my work from months ago, a year ago. The progress is remarkable. There are very few things I’ve ever practiced almost daily, and it’s humbling and exciting to see how far I’ve refined my style and technique since I started.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

Given my fortune of circumstance, I’ve had a really pleasant journey so far. I know too many people who haven’t, and so I have a distinct privilege of saying my glass is half full, that tomorrow will be better and full of new possibility, and that I can roll with whatever is coming. One of the most powerful lessons I learned in college was that “Life is written in pencil, not in pen.” That kind of freed me from this notion that life HAD to go according to a plan, and gave me some flexibility knowing that I can always adapt with more information and opportunity.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

Oh goodness. In the lettering world, I look up to a LOT of people – everyone has their distinct style and flair that is really incredible to witness. I love the playfulness of Amanda Arneill, the classiness of Lindsey Bugbee, the sassy modern style of Chrystal Elizabeth, the endless classic stylings of Paul Anthony, that masculinity of Colin Tierney, the delicacy of Erica, the colorful technique from Shannon, and so many others.

In my life, I look up to one of my best friends Kate. Her curiosity is unlike anyone’s I’ve ever seen – she’s always learning about the world, herself, and others. Her talent and interests cannot be limited to any one thing. Of course, I also look up to my parents and family. Anyone with refugee parents probably know exactly what I would mean by this.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

For my lettering work, I put in an average of 30 minutes to an hour a day. Like I said, I hardly practice anything daily, so this is HUGE for me.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

Ugh, I am one of those people who’s in the middle of 20394838 things, always. I’m in the middle of Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler, the Freakonomics podcast, and Redirect by ___

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

One of the biggest things we talk about in leadership is the power of our intention. That your environment and actions can be transformed by your intention. Lettering has taught me that in a very tangible way. I have gotten through a lot of my life winging it, quick throwing things together. Though planful, I’m used to being able to procrastinating and then being fine with the result – but with lettering, I find I can’t progress without the deliberate practice. I say deliberate because it’s not the same to just do some practice strokes doodling on the side – I have to mindfully consider each one, feeling where my pen wants to go and how my hand is working with or against it. I have to be fully present to it if I want it to be any good. Cultivating that mindfulness has definitely changed me and how I approach other parts of my life, too.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I’m working on marrying my two loves – teaching and lettering – by finding places to do a brush calligraphy workshop in my area this summer. This is a whole new process for me, and requires that I find the confidence to be able to say, “Yes, I have something to teach you,” which is really hard for me as a perpetual learner. I’m excited to get to a place where I feel confident offering something of value to other people – and having a kick ass time doing it.

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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica ChungJessica Chung is a Minneapolis calligrapher/bullet journalist/blogger and face behind Pretty Prints & Paper. On her blog, she combines her passions for teaching and handlettering to inspire others to unleash their inner creative through tutorials, project ideas, and lessons about lettering and bullet journaling. You might find her in different states and countries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, art classes of all kinds, a cappella concerts, or at the nearest Americano. Connect with her: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope

 

Thanks for sharing, Jessica! -Aaria

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