Hi friends! Hope you're all having a great week so far. Beau and I are off to Denver today for a week of skiing/snowboarding and spending time with dear friends. The blog will continue on as normal, so be on the lookout for the regular Monday and Wednesday posts annnd likely some instagram photos of me looking un-athletic on skis.
But before we go catch our flight, I have a fun interview with the ever-so-lovely Maggie Allen to share with you today! Maggie and I attended the University of Georgia together and had tons of mutual friends. And I always admired her from afar (in the most non-creepy of ways). :)
Since then, I've so enjoyed seeing Maggie's absolutely stunning calligraphy work evolve via the social medias. I've posted before about my quest to learn more about calligraphy and hand-lettering, and Maggie's work and her growing side-business have been super inspiring for me. This girl is bringing so much beauty into the world with her work as well as her kind heart, and I'm excited to share a part of her story with y'all today. I hope you enjoy reading through her responses as much as I did!
And even her moving boxes are beautiful. I mean, come on!
Give us a quick background on who you are and what you do for work.
I'm an Atlanta-native rocking my 20's back in my hometown. During the day, I manage graphic design projects for an agency that works with a little southern company called Chick-fil-A. Some nights and weekends, you'll find me writing pretty words. Hand lettering is my fun hobby-journey that has morphed into a little side gig with a logo and an Etsy shop.
What about your work brings you the most joy and fulfillment?
I love that hand lettering has created crazy connections over the years. I'm so grateful for the countless friendships that have formed on the foundation of a shared love for creativity and the art form of letters. Last year, I sat next to one of my calligraphy heroes, Anne Elser, on a panel at Creative Mornings ATL. I tried not to stare. Then, I spent a spontaneous weekend in LA with another calligraphy mentor, Kathryn Christenbury of @fleurdeletters, who became a friend through an Instagram connection. (Not creepy, I promise.) I've loved answering questions for gals that are "early" on their calligraphy journey and then watching them grow (like Allison of Ladydale Letters)!
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
I've got a dream that I'm scared to share with you in this interview. If I bring it to light, it means I really need to do the work. Buuuut here it goes:
I'm crushing hard on street art. It's becoming a thing in Atlanta. I am especially inspired by Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE. I'm dreaming about finding a wall somewhere on the streets of this sweet hometown of mine, and covering it in beautiful letters.
What has been difficult lately?
Saying "yes" has actually been very difficult for me over the last few months. My day job is demanding and can require long hours, and I've been so hesitant and fearful to take on client work, or really any work at all. My fear is that I won't have the time or the energy to do the work, or that the work wouldn't be perfect. Sometimes I do say no, when I simply don't have the capacity to do the work. But sometimes I say yes and just do it. Even when my life is what I'd consider "a mess."
What makes you different from everyone else in the world and how does that uniqueness manifest itself in your work and life?
Gosh, I've never spent time thinking about actually being different from everyone else in the world. But it's true. I'm a unique human that enjoys art and I've got a story. I've experienced joys and hardships, highs and lows, success and failure — these all add up, forming a beautiful story that has God's fingerprints all over it. I find hand lettering to be a worshipful experience sometimes. Often I'll be reading the bible and then feel compelled to write words that stand out to me in a beautiful way. I try to stay mindful that my inspiration and creativity comes from someone that created me. That someone gave me a unique story and the opportunity to point my world to back to him.
What's the longest amount of time you've gone without showering?
Well, this is fresh on my mind because I moved to a new apartment last week. I was so busy, and I went a couple days without showering. I couldn't find my shower curtain amidst all the boxes, so I took a bath. I went another couple days, and found the shower curtain. At 7am, the morning of a busy work day, I prepared to take that long awaited shower and found that my shower diverter was broken. So I took a bath. At 7am. On a busy day. Surrounded by boxes.
Technically, I went a 6 days without a shower :)