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June 20, 2015

A Day In The Life Of A Calligraphy & Lettering Artist

Tell me something about your latest calligraphy projects.

I literally just finished a wedding where I used gold ink on pale gray envelopes. It is just one of the most beautiful combos ever. I’ve done gold ink in the past, but it’s different when you write not only names but also addresses (this is for a client based in the US) – so you see more of the ink and the calligraphy and how it works with the paper. I’m so excited for this wedding because they had my calligraphy done in gold foil!

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What problems did you face and how was it resolved?

When I was starting out (and a little bit until now), I’d get asked to imitate someone else’s work. I think it’s something that designers and artists face in general because there are some people who value design or commissions differently. It’s difficult sometimes, but we learn to discern which clients you can still convince to appreciate your work as it is and which to turn down.

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What is the most challenging project you’ve ever undertaken, and how did it change you?

Okay, this may not sound like such a biggie because so many people can do it, but it was for a friend’s wedding and she asked me to do calligraphy on wooden planks. This was around 4 years ago and I had just learned how to do pointed pen. I was absolutely terrified that I actually didn’t want to do it! But she brought planks to my house and I had to bite the bullet. It turned out pretty well and later on, I offered it as part of my services. It’s amazing what you can do when you just let go.

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Fozzy and her works will be featured by Type Lab Mnl, the first­ ever type­ conference in the Philippines. A two-­day event for type enthusiast and professionals on July 4­-5, 2015 at Century City Mall’s Roof Deck Events Center.

Tickets are still available for reservation. To join, simply visit Type Kita’s Facebook page  or Type Lab Manila’s official website for more information about the event.


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