The next Maker in our series is Megan Hopkins. She owns Delighted Calligraphy. Meet the Makers is a series of posts dedicated to featuring local artists in Davidson, NC and the surrounding area. We will also feature Regional and unique fiber artist.
We all have strengths and weaknesses. Many times someone will see me crocheting, knitting, or look at our hand dyed yarn and say, “I could never do that.”
When we see others create something that is out of our comfort zone, we can feel intimidated and automatically think it’s too hard to learn, or I won’t be good at it.
That’s how I feel about calligraphy. In my mind, I don’t have good handwriting so why even try to write something as beautiful as the calligraphy by Megan Hopkins? Because I have this notion that I can’t write “pretty” I don’t even want to try, because I will fail.
If you feel this way about your handwriting maybe Megan’s class on April 13th is for you! Or maybe you have beautiful handwriting and want to learn how to knit or crochet. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid because the only way you can fail is by never even trying. (I think that’s a quote by someone somewhere.)
We were introduced to Megan by Elisabeth Rose, and I have stalked her site ever since. Her font styles are so flowing and full of life. Also, the names are a perfect reflection of the stroke she uses for each style.
I am in awe of this craft.. 🙂
Megan gave us some insight into who she is as a craft person. We are glad to get to know her better!
PS – Megan, we feel you on the Adobe products. Why do they have to be so convoluted?
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I have always loved things that are beautiful and special, and I think that’s probably at the heart of who I am as a maker. I love trying to make something new on my own as I like the satisfaction of knowing I can.
Tell us about your business/craft.
Calligraphy is nothing if not slow and deliberate. I spend most of my work days caught up in the slow and repetitive strokes of my pen on whatever piece I am working on. Typically I work on stationery for weddings and events. Working directly with couples on their wedding stationery is something I love, but I also enjoy working with other stationers and planners and developing relationships within the wedding vendor community.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
Travel, landscapes, architecture, history and all of the usual jazz, inspire me. I always find a ton of inspiration by walking through an antique mall.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
On the days when I’m not too tired to have passions, I would say that I am most passionate about the human experience. I love watching people, interpreting interactions, and trying to develop a better understanding of how we all move through the world.
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
Adobe products!!! and what seems like the endless bugs and learning curve of technology and the process for the creation of stationery.
How do you overcome that challenge?
After every project and every miscalculation, I learn something. I am constantly making mental notes and learning new skills that help me problem solve when I run into a printing difficulty, a smudgy ink, snaggy paper, etc.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter tool you couldn’t live without?
My cheap junky looking pen that is wrapped with medical tape to be the perfect thickness in my hand. The pretty fancy ones I have can’t compare.
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
It’s hard to pick one because I have so many I love. I will say anytime I can make a flourish at the bottom of one letter or perfectly cross a “t” on the next line, that’s a pretty great moment.