OK Orange County, now it's time to meet the local artist who will be paying our Newport Beach store a visit next Saturday. Amanda, of Aria paper, creates hand lettered quotes on canvas, paper, tote bags, mugs, you name it! Read on to see how she got into this craft and what inspires her, and don't forget to come by the Newport Beach store on Feb 13th from 11-2 to catch a glimpse of some live work!
GARDENOLOGY: Tell us how your got started in Calligraphy?
AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: This past summer, I saw an announcement for a brush-lettering workshop on one of the Instagram accounts I follow. As someone who has always been artistic and worked hard to have nice penmanship, I would admire beautiful lettering from a distance, with no idea where to start. So I decided to attend the workshop. After the class, I found myself doing more research, buying pens, trying out new techniques, and following all the “best in the business” on social media. I spent all my free time practicing, and found as many excuses as possible to write things. I quickly found hand-lettering and modern calligraphy to be something I was very passionate about, and was surprised at how I never seemed to grow tired of it. It has now been 8 months since I first sat down with a brush pen, and my passion for it grows each day.
GARDENOLOGY: What would you say is the inspiration behind your designs? What does the creative process typically look like for you?
AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: Well written quotes, succinct phrases, and eloquent words are inspiring to me. When starting a new design, I always start with a pencil and paper. I may have an idea of what I’d like to do, but often, I just start writing words or phrases I have in mind. Many pages and eraser marks later, I end up with my finished product.
GARDENOLOGY: What’s your studio space like?
AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: I spent a lot of time creating an inviting and inspiring studio space. It is located in a small corner of my home where there is plenty of light, and storage for my expansive stash of pens and ink.
GARDENOLOGY: Of everything you’ve made, what’s your favorite piece?
AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: My favorite thing I have made is a toss up between my hand-lettered tote bag that says “I’ll be at Target if you need me”, and a black campfire mug that says “It is well”. The phrase for the tote bag was inspired by the countless hours I spend at Target each week, which I know is true for many other women. The coffee mug was inspired by lyrics to one of my favorite songs, and is soothing to read while sipping my own morning cup of coffee.
GARDENOLOGY: Since you are participating in our ‘Locals’ event, what are some of your faves in the Orange County area?
Tacos: Café Rio, Costa Mesa
Coffee: Chocxo, Costa Mesa and Irvine
Beach: Crescent Bay, Laguna
Brunch spot: Old Vine Cafe, Costa Mesa