I can say with confidence that I'm a hipster calligrapher—if only to mean that I was doing it way before it was cool (read: back when it was kind of nerdy). I started teaching myself in high school, when the majority of resources were for blacklettering style and traditional italics. The audience for those particular skills was rather narrow, and I became rusty throughout my college years. I was excited to see a more "modern" calligraphy style was becoming popular, and began to pick it back up in the last few years. Though I'm proficient in dip pens and brush pens, my favorite mediums have become brush calligraphy and digital art with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
Over the years, I've also authored pieces for a variety of contexts, including fiction and non-fiction for my own personal blog, creative and non-fiction pieces for the SOMA Journal of Moody Bible Institute-Spokane, and biblical studies reference materials as an intern for Olive Tree Bible Software.
I currently and happily work as an administrative assistant for my local church. I graduated with my bachelor's from Moody Bible Institute–Spokane and married my husband David in 2014. My education left me with this one realization: the more I learn about God, the more I begin to comprehend the utter depths of what I do not know. I love the Word of God, yet the more I grow to love it, the more I realize I cannot love it enough.
What we surround ourselves with is very important. Specifically, words are very important. They have a way of sneaking in through our ears and ending up in our hearts, becoming a part of our internal narrative. They can be destructive, or they can build up. Words are important and beautiful and dangerous.
When it comes to words, I believe that the most important words ever written are in the Bible. When it comes to what we put on our walls, what we surround ourselves with, what better than the words of God? (Of course, there is plenty of room for fun things, too, which you will certainly find here). In fact, this was something that God told His people to do! Hence, the origin of the name:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. —Deut. 6:4-9, ESV