I was a huge baby at eight pounds and ten ounces. I was supposed to be born on Halloween, but was 10 days late. I now think this is the reason that I take Halloween so seriously. 

Halloween 2014 for Lauren. I'm the girl. 

I first began drawing letters at a very early age. I was known as "the girl who makes the coolest locker signs" in all of my classes from elementary to high school. Yeah, high school. So what. I loved doodling words and incorporating typography into everything imaginable. I ended up majoring in art direction (this is design for advertising and other things, if you are not aware) at the University of North Texas and was trained by impeccable designers to be the best designer that ever designed anything ever. Makes sense that my first move out of school was to become a writer! Kind of. We were also trained in writing for ads, and I ended up really enjoying it. I applied for a job and am now still a writer at an ad agency. But it just so happens that I kind of missed my design background. I was doing personal projects to distract me but I really needed to bring back the *oomph* in my creative life. I had always been interested in calligraphy and thought "I'm going to buy this calligraphy set from Michael's and be awesome!". It was terrible. It was hard, and the letters were so stiff, and the supplies from Michaels sucked. I ended up taking an online class from Molly Jacques, one of my calligraphy idols, in hopes to better my skill. Molly (and many others) do "modern" calligraphy. This means that it doesn't consist of traditional copperplate or anything else of that sort. It's handmade and unique to the person that creates it. This class helped me tremendously. I loved the modern style. I kept practicing, got better supplies, and ate lots of cheese and drank lots of wine. (Calligraphy felt fancy, like I was supposed to be consuming gourmet beverages while I scribbled.) I found out that another one of my calligraphy idols, Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye, held private (awesome) classes in Dallas. I took it and fell even more in love. I used my design skills again to create invitations galore and for the first time in a while, finally felt like this was what I needed to be doing. Something by hand and something meaningful and something that scratched my creative itch. (Note: writing for ads is VERY creative. This creative itch consisted of purely design.) From there, I started creating things left and write (I can spell, I just like puns). And now I'm here, creating beautiful things for beautiful people such as yourself. Thanks for visiting, and feel free to shoot me a note about anything (except politics)!


 Typical (current) Lauren.

Typical (current) Lauren.