Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Whitney of Whitney Kaufhold Calligraphy
How did you get started?
I have always love doodling and for years, I obsessed over perfecting my everyday handwriting. In 2013 I took one beginners calligraphy workshop (shout out to calligraphy extraordinaire @laurenessl) and I was smitten with the art form. I'm not lying when I say I spent most every night of the next year of my life with a calligraphy pen in my hand writing the alphabet over and over again - sometimes until 2am . Calligraphy was not only a hobby but a therapy for me and it is so fun to think back to where this sweet journey started!
What influences you/Where do you get your inspiration?
I am inspired a lot by the encouragement of friends and family and the ever growing community of creatives that exists. I'm influenced by all things design, different styles and the feeling that comes along with each specific style. I also try to be a constant student in design and lettering - I always want to try the newest thing and add it to my tool belt to keep diversity in my work.
How do you balance your personal time + work/How do you create separation?
This is a tough one. Calligraphy has never been a full time gig for me, although, how dreamy would that be?! I thrive on a schedule and a routine and love that I have calligraphy to look forward to in my free time. It's a therapeutic thing for me so I do it when I feel it (or when there is a project I am working on, of course).
My husband and I just built our first home and somehow I was able to talk him into letting me turn one of the 3 bedrooms into a little studio - it's the dreamiest place and I think that little room in my home is the escape to my creative and how I separate work/creative time with personal time.
What keeps you motivated/Why do you love doing this?
Family and friends for sure keep me going. I also love hosting workshops because getting to meet new people that are excited and eager to learn something new -which just happens to be my very favorite thing | calligraphy - is so refreshing and really gives me a bigger heart in spreading this beautiful fine art.
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years/What's next for your brand?
I have always wanted to create and sell prints, so that is a fun goal of mine. I think my biggest goal is to continue to grow my workshops and keep spreading the art of calligraphy - who doesn't want to write pretty!!? So in 5 years I think it would be a dream to have a solid workshop schedule and a small but awesome line of product!