WHOA! It’s been way too long since I’ve posted on here. I’ve been so busy and intentionally put my blog on the back burner so I wouldn’t burn myself out!
I thought I’d make a catch up post about my new adventures using (none other than instagram) photos.
+ First thing’s first: CALLIGRAPHY! I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy and I’m definitely a hands-on learner so it was hard for me to look it up online or read about it in books, etc.. I really need to watch someone do something in order to really learn it. So, I attended a lettering workshop taught by the lovely & talented Molly Jacques . She is such a huge inspiration and OVERFLOWING with talent! I’m so happy she teaches these workshops. It was so much fun (there she is in right down there showing me a demo! Photo by Michelle of Proper Studio) I’m so excited about this! I don’t think I’ve really learned something I’d call new in a while, and the feeling of learning something new is one of the most energizing things ever. I really want to start incorporating more hand lettering & calligraphy into my skill set in my prints & things I offer to clients.
Being left handed made it a little difficult for me to learn, and I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m so motivated and practicing is so much fun. Below are some examples of my progress. (The states on the right were a few days after the workshop, and the one on the left is from a couple of days ago).
+ Second: Positive Postage! Oh my goodness. I can not wait for this project to be done! If you’ve been following my twitter or blog within the last few months, I started a project called positive postage and I’ve been working on solidifying it lately.
Positive Postage is a project about being happy and sharing happiness by mailing out hand written postcards. Starting with just one positive word, each post card has a designated space for writing personalized messages on the back to someone dear to you.
So, I hand lettered a bunch of words and made designed 16 post cards (with cute patterns) and I’m printing them on a few different colored paper stocks and OMG it’s just going to be so much fun when it’s all done. Expect a complete post about Positive Postage!
+ Third: new, new, new. I’ve needed a new web site for quite some time. I haven’t made a big stink or anything about it, but kristendroz.com has semi-officially launched (beta version – still working on the shop and the portfolio needs some additions & subtractions!)
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I had been going by “Kristen Marie” for all of my design stuff for a while but did you know there are like one billion Kristen Maries? A lot of which seem to have creative careers… It wasn’t exactly the easiest to recognize me by first & middle name only! I originally opted out of using my last name because it’s so long, but now, I have chosen to embrace it. A shortened version, Kristen Droz, is totally easy to remember and also I found that it can be consistent through social platforms. I’m happy that I’ve found a unique name to use (who knew it would be my own).
Long story short, I have a lot of new things I’m working on, including a new print shop on my site, new skills, new prints, new business cards, new web site, etc. I’m excited to continue my journey as a designer. It’s my dream to do what I love for a living.
+ And this goes without saying, summer fun. Kayaking, night time hang outs, etc. It’s been so beautiful out!