Member Feature: Hannah Churn


Today we're so excited to chat with one of our newer members, Hannah Churn! Hannah is a Silver Spring-based illustrator and animator, and we are obsessed with her cat drawings! Get to know her and her newly found lettering journey in this month's member feature.


How did you discover hand lettering?

I was in a book store when a "how-to" hand lettering book caught my eye. I had seen hand lettering before, but never thought about trying it. After the book, I was hooked!

How long have you been hand lettering?

Not very long, probably less than a year.

Describe your hand lettering style.

Illustrative. I'm an animator by trade so I can't help but incorporate additional illustrations and doodles in with the lettering.

What are your favorite tools to hand letter with (pens, paper, mediums, etc.) and ways to display hand lettering (cards, posters, laser cutting, etc)?

A combination of my brush pen and fine point pens. Currently I'm trying to display it more in my animation work.

How did you find SSLetters?

They popped up on my Instagram feed one day. I was super siked to see a group like them in Silver Spring!

What brings you back to SSLetters?

I always love seeing what the other hand lettering artists do. Seeing everyone else's work is so inspiring and pushes me to practice more.

What was your favorite SSLetters meeting that you attended and why?

Probably the music lettering meeting. I enjoyed that I got to incorporate an illustration of the lyric I chose and mix it with hand lettering.


What inspires your lettering?

Currently it's watching other hand letter's do lettering. I find it so inspiring to see what other people are creating.

What do you do outside of hand lettering? Any special interests?

Drawing, which I realize doesn't fall that far from hand lettering. When I'm not drawing, I'm drawing. I really love art!


What is your favorite letter, number or character to letter?

A cursive lower case L. I love the loop-de-loop motion.

What is your most challenging letter, number or character to letter?

S - every time I draw it I never get it right the first time.

Thanks so much for sharing, Hannah! Follow her illustration, animation, and lettering on Twitter & Instagram @hannamations.