I Can Feel The Love

Love |ləv| 

NOUN an intense feeling of deep affection towards a person or thing.
VERB feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).
ORIGIN Old English lufu, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit lubhyati ‘desires,’ Latin libet ‘it is pleasing,’ libido ‘desire.’

I believe to love is to trust something that is bigger than all of us. To love is to put your trust in yourself and into those around you. Loving someone is to share pieces of yourself– like sacred treats, with hand picked individuals. Love is a bond, perfectly paired between people of all relationship. It is to be cherished, nurtured and never taken for grated. It is what makes this world a beautiful place. I often find myself being inspired by the simple acts of love displayed by individuals everywhere. From that special someone pre warming the passenger seat so that your butt stays warm to random acts of kindness and social experiments that aim to connect people, the love is there.

The first video I say made by Kyle Hanagami was his Letters Of Love dance video choreographed to Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love. The fact that is was choreographed to Ed Sheeran's song was enough for me to click the link and stay long enough to see the dancers' first moves. But what really stuck in my mind was the message Kyle wanted to share. Kyle's goal was to connect people through letters and to hear the stories of complete stranger's most cherished moments. With every 10 letters he donated $1 to cancer research. He received 14,146 Letters of Love! 

The video is beautifully made, featuring exceptional dancers acting out a story of love shared among several individuals. As I have an acute interest in filmmaking and editing I was inspired by the music, movement and message on more than one level. This year Kyle has released another Letters Of Love video and it is just as amazing and beautiful as the first, with an even more urgent message– love is important and we must remember to cherish what we have while we still have it, because nothing is set in stone, and everything can change without notice.

Inspired by Kyle's video and in lieu of Valentine's day, I decided to take my hand at my own letter of love. I have a new interest in card making and what better way to exercise this interest is to practice on the most loving day of the year. I think this is going to be a thing, so if you're interested in handmade cards, I'm now taking requests!

I hope you were able to tell someone that you love them this Valentine's Day. More so, I hope that you are able to spread the love on V Day as well as every other day of the year. 

There Is No Remedy For Love But To Love More - Unknown

Practice Makes Perfect


As 2015 continues forward at ultimate speed it brings with it new ideas, new projects, and new clients. One of these on going projects – as shared before, is perfecting my typography skills. I have this secret love affair with typography (and calligraphy) and often find myself spending hours pinning different images on Pinterest that speak to this love affair. 

Luckily I have been blessed with two projects that have and will help fuel this personal project of mine. Can you hear those bells? You guessed right, wedding invitations and save the date announcements. It's wedding planning season and I've been pigging out on beautiful, elegant, hand made and digitalized scripts and fonts. You know how that old saying goes– practice makes perfect, and I want my typography, or in this case calligraphy skills to be perfected before they are put to the test for these projects. 

While still in my practice stage, I've turned to India Ink to whom I was first introduced to in high school. Since then it has been added to my roster of artistic weapons. The first project I ever did using this ink, I watered it down and painted a scene from Italy, using it in a watercolour type fashion. It was a nice slow introduction and I was pleased with the results. I even ended up hanging and selling it in the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery. Later I learned to use the pens and paired this with the watered down ink to create depth and variation.

Pinterest and Instagram are great places to find inspiration and follow other like minded individuals. Here I pin and double tap all sorts of images ranging from typography, photography, graphics and so much more. Carly Marie (AKA Moochie Creative) and Jessica Hische are one of my two favourite designers to follow on Instagram and whom of which I often find my inspirations and new ideas from. In the past Carly Marie has posted pictures of her typography projects in which she uses watercolours. So I thought I'd have a kick at the can and do the same with my India Ink technique. It was tricky at first, as I had to figure out how to hold and use the brush in a different manner to allow for width variation. After a few (thousand) attempts, I think I nailed it – check it out below.

When I began my degree in graphic design at Vancouver Island University each student was instructed to buy a large supply kit and within this kit where felt markers with varied tips. Sounds pretty standard and simple but to me it opened up more typography possibilities and in more ways then one, got the ball rolling. It's quite amazing what you can do with a pen. Again it took some time to find a comfortable technique that kept the pen moving quickly and smoothly in order to get the look and effect I desired.

I'm looking forward to getting to the next step with these projects and very excited to share the results with you! So be sure to check back for updates and results. 

What are your favourite typography tools? 

You Had Me At +

Ever heard of the saying, to wear many hats? As strange as it sounds it is often the case with creative beings– individuals who dabble in more than one creative pot. Artists may tinker with music, filmmakers with acting, while performers and musicians may indulge themselves with words and all the pleasures of writing. I personally, have my hands sunk deep into several pots: visual art, graphic design, creative writing, film and surprisingly– music, in the most unconventional way. 

I am an introvert at heart, shy by nature and picky when it comes to words. My opinions, ideas and arguments are strategically thought out and delivered with confidence. I'm not one to react on impulse but rather on careful evaluation of a situation. Writing comes easily to me and I often find my emotions are better expressed and interpreted through writing. This is why I believe I have such a strong connection to music and have the ability to gather inspiration from it. Lyrics carefully crafted and put together to instruments that tell a story that I may not have been able to express myself. Drum beats that put a bounce in my step, ideas sparked by other's encouraging guitar riffs. 

2014 was a wonderful year. I graduated university with my degree, travelled to Europe and nailed my first major contracting job. Each moment had a theme, and a song to go with it. Each life event marked by the lyrics, emotions and sounds of artists that just seemed to get me. In 2014 I began to challenge myself more consistently as a designer and an artist. I designed and launched this website and blog and I stepped into the real world of graphic design. With their relatable lyrics, catchy beats, and intricate instrumentals and these artists were my cheerleaders, my inspiration, motivation and my soundtrack to success.

Timeflies - After Hours
Ed Sheeran - X
Maroon 5 - V
Taylor Swift - 1989
Hoodie Allen - People Keep Talking