Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lilacs











Dress: c/o SwimOutlet (on sale!)
Sandals: Joie
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. 

15 comments

  1. I've been seeing lots of these maxi dresses with the long slit up the side and I am obsessed! You look beautiful in it! Lilac is lovely on you :-) This new creative outlet seems really great, I wish I had talents in calligraphy or really any drawing at all. Oh well... glad you are feeling inspired, cheers!

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  2. I am so happy that you have found work that ignites so much excitement and joy! And, I love this dress! I am on the hunt for a casual maxi.

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  3. This Lilac Color looks so good on you!

    M♥
    Simply Sutter

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  4. The lilac color is beautiful, and I love how you styled it with the black underneath. The calligraphy you do is so gorgeous- even just writing a few words makes such breathtaking art, it's so amazing the careful control you have in creating each letter perfectly. I hope you share photos and story of some of your collaborations with your brother sometime in the future!

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  5. I love that bracelet and the dress is very flattering on you. And I just checked out your calligraphy etsy shop - you're very talented!

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  6. It is so important to have an outlet and it sounds like calligraphy is a perfect fit for you; collaborating with your brother on projects sounds fantastic. I am looking forward to see it :)

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  7. No matter what you do for a "living," you will always be a creative person, especially if you keep it going like you are with your hobbies! I love seeing your calligraphy - you are really talented! What a great, comfy but beautiful looking dress!

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  8. This is such a pretty color on you! Loving maxi dresses for spring/summer. best, Hayley www.dailydoseofdarling.com

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  9. Im so happy you found something you love!! Especially because you are so amazing at it. P.S you look stunning in these pics lady!

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  10. beautiful flowy maxi dress!


    http://www.heyprettything.com

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  11. gorgeous color on you! and i love the way the sunlight captures your beautiful freckles!
    i've been thinking about doing calligraphy so you may have even inspired me!

    -c. // http://theblockishaute.com

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  12. Lilac is your color! Gorgeous! (As always.)

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  13. I, too, have always considered myself a creative person. It seems like we're supposed to know exactly what that looks like and that pressure usually makes me reconsider how well I know myself. Glad you found your something.

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  14. Geoffrey F. NormanMay 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    As someone in a creative field (of sorts), I say, "Go nuts!" And calligraphy is very meditative.

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  15. Beautiful dress , lovely color as well, I love it. You look fabulous, truly amazing!!!


    xxx


    www.noragouma.com

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