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Meet Haley Tyson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Tyson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Back in 2010 I took a semester off from art school to try and narrow down what I’d like to major in. I ended up working on a farm in Louisiana where I met Andy––instead of going back to school, he and I spent a few years working on farms and traveling the UK. In 2013 we were engaged and I began to develop a huge interest in calligraphy + stationery. Since then I have taken workshops and tutorials to help develop and refine my skills with pointed pen calligraphy. Beyond that I have been a hand lettering artist for 6 years, working as a Sign Artist at Whole Foods Market. I really enjoy the process of hand lettered art & design, from brainstorming, sketching, and finally, admiring the finished product. There is nothing more satisfying for me than turning someone’s vision into a reality.

Please tell us about your art.
I tell clients that I can write on almost anything: paper, wood, glass, acrylic, marble, you name it. I really love writing with a calligraphy nib and ink. I am definitely not a traditionally trained calligrapher, but that’s the beauty of ‘modern calligraphy’–– it allows a lot of artistic freedom with less rules. While I certainly have a distinctive style, it’s awesome to not be locked into writing one letter the same way every time. I am still constantly learning and trying new techniques and ways to approach to my lettering projects. Custom client work is the best because it forces me to step back and incorporate ideas that maybe I wouldn’t have if it was just a personal project.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I still feel pretty new to sharing my art with the world. I was apprehensive to put myself and my work out on social media but I’m so glad that I did. The amount of support that I’ve gotten over the last few years has exceeded my expectations immensely. For me, that’s the most important thing. A lot of the work that I make for people is extremely personal–– things like wedding invitations, birth announcements, and countless custom pieces. These are big days and I really feel touched every time someone reaches out and asks for me to make something so personal.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
A lot of my artwork is relatively fleeting: a calligraphed envelope sent via post, weekly chalkboards at Lamplighter Brewery… I really enjoy the semi-permanent existence of the majority of my work. Chalkboards can be wiped away, and envelopes get thrown out, but they are really special for a short amount of time and I love that. I try to take lots of photos of my work for that reason and share them on social media. It’s helpful for me to remember everything I’ve made and also gives people a glimpse of the types of projects I’m working on.

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