Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Aimee.
Monique, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Connecticut and then moved to Boston in 2010 to study illustration at Lesley University College of Art and Design. During my senior year, I discovered hand lettering and began to incorporate it into my work. After college, I got a job as a sign maker at Whole Foods. I really enjoyed my time there and was able to grow my skills on the job. I also started getting freelance clients to do chalkboards for cafes and venues.
But I wanted to step up my typography skills and travel so I went to Melbourne, Australia to study typography. I’ve learned a lot since then and have caught the travel bug. But the great thing about illustration and lettering is that you can work anywhere in the world! I’m currently in Tokyo and continue to work with Boston clients while growing my brand. I am now represented by Closer&Closer. They have a great lineup of artists and I’m honored to be included.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art focuses on the combination of illustration and lettering. I mostly work digitally and use my iPad & apple pencil to create colorful designs for editorial work, packaging, and marketing. But I do occasionally get to use traditional methods – I recently finished up a 10×20 ft mural! My work is very much inspired by the lettering community I’ve found through social media.
From my time traveling, I’ve seen how the world is small and people can be united through art. One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a new city is to find local artists on Instagram and ask to meet up for coffee. I’ve met many other lettering artists this way and it’s pretty much always an instant friendship. There’s an unspoken rule in the lettering community to be supportive and open with each other – it is beautiful and inspiring!
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is finding your happy place, and it’s different for everyone. I’d like to be able to support myself with my art throughout my career and create meaningful connections with others. I think success is also finding the right balance with your art – between making art for commercial work and making art for your own happiness and exploration.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Luckily, people can see my work around Boston usually while eating! If you’ve ever had ice cream from Honeycomb Creamery, you’ve probably seen my mural in there. I’ve done all of the chalkboard letterings at Revolution Juice on Huntington Avenue.
I’ve also done chalkboards for Longfellows and Lamplighter Brewery. If you are into baking, I illustrated the most recent back cover for Sift Magazine. I also have a collaborative line of greeting cards at Loyal Supply Co in Somerville there’s a card for every occasion. I made illustrations for two Nightshift beers, but unfortunately, they were a very short run! So, you can’t taste them, but you can look at them at moniqueaimee.com.
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