Member Feature: Katie Meek
Heyy it's another member feature! This time we're excited to introduce you to Katie Meek, one of our early members, and who since first coming to SSLetters has launched her own stationary business that incorporates tons of hand lettering! We all have a few of her cards that we've either sent or received, and our places are marked in books with her adorable bookmarks.
We also love Katie's work at Catylator Makerspace where she uses the laser cutter to make custom hand lettered signs! Her signs have been used as photo props, as decorations in client's homes, and even as Christmas tree ornaments! Last year we collaborated with her to host workshops at Catylator to teach people how to turn their own hand lettering into laser cut signs. Get to know Katie, her process, and her work in this month's member feature!
How did you discover hand lettering?
I first found hand lettering as a graphic design student in college, but it fell be the wayside as I continued my studies. A couple years later, I fell in love with lettering again as I started using it as a creative outlet from my job as a project manager.
How long have you been hand lettering?
Describe your hand lettering style.
My style is very graphic and whimsical. I also try to use bold, bright colors in my work.
What are your favorite tools to hand letter with and ways to display hand lettering?
I use a bit of everything. The best tools are the ones you have on hand, right? Lately, I really like using Microns and a Pilot Bravo! for all of my inking.
How did you find SSLetters?
I originally found SSLetters through a local market in Silver Spring when they were just starting. Their idea sounded amazing, and I knew I had to be part of it.
What brings you back to SSLetters?
I definitely keep coming back for the people. I love be able to meet so many diverse, talented people and seeing the unique techniques and styles they use for their lettering.
What inspires your lettering?
I‘m really inspired by everything around me—books, architecture, casual conversations—but I‘m most often inspired by the beauty in nature and the incredible people I have the privilege to know.
Do you have any hand lettering projects that you're working on? Or any projects you have done in the past to share?
Last year, I released my first set of wedding suites which feature my hand drawn illustrations, and I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Now, I am working on creating hand drawn vector graphics to sell as a resource to other designers.
What do you do outside of hand lettering? Any special interests?
I love reading and have a special love to graphic novels and children’s books.
What is your favorite letter, number or character to letter?
I love curves so any time I get to do “G,” “S,” “3,” or “5” it’s fantastic.
What is your most challenging letter, number or character to letter?
”R”, “F”, and “&”