Dress: c/o SwimOutlet (on sale!)
Bracelet: Stella and Dot (old, similar)
When I sit down to do calligraphy, everything melts away. I can scribble on paper for hours, until my back and hands are aching, a headache is raging, and Pandora asks "are you still listening?!" There's something magic about finding something that can dissolve space and time. It's me, the pen, the paper, and a bottle of ink. It makes me feel peaceful just to write about the process. And to go to bed after a day spent at my little desk, hands covered in sticky black ink, and papers strewn about - it gives me the happiest feeling in the world.
I was explaining to Ben the other day that I've found something, for the first time in a long time, that I am truly passionate about. I want to do it all day, every day, and for a living. I was very passionate about writing for much of my pre-college-graduation life, but I think I lost my angst somewhere between graduating from college and paying my first real, annual salary taxes. My inspiration evaporated. I never stopped calling myself a "creative person" and thinking of myself as a right-brain rather than a left-brain. But I felt a bit out of place calling myself a creative with no creative hobbies to speak of. I've tried to get back into writing countless times over the last four years, but it never caught on. I tried drawing and painting, but I always felt disappointed with my work.
My brother's art major declaration, amazing artwork, and diligence in creating every single day, inspired me (along with the rising calligraphy trend) and I feel so lucky to have followed in my brother's artistic footprints. We recently started collaborating on some illustration projects for a few calligraphy clients. It has been the ultimate melding of my original source of inspiration, my creative family, and my (new) passion.
I suppose I'm trying to say something here along the lines of: fantastic weekend, very inspired, love my family. You fill in the rest. :) Oh and check out SwimOutlet, where I got this fantastic lilac maxi dress! If I wasn't worried about spilling ink on it, I'd wear it as an artist's "smock" all day long.