Let's learn more about Doris and her work…
LL: I am the founder and talent of Love Lettering. Being an illustrator that has loved lettering since childhood, my purpose and calling is to make messages, announcements and words look beautiful. I can draw and letter on chalkboards, wood, mirrors, glass, crystal and almost any surface.
RB: How did you get started doing this?
LL: I cannot tell you when I did NOT hand letter or draw, I thought that it was a very normal and average thing that everyone did! From addressing the front of my Christmas cards to illustrating my own books, I always found a reason to letter and draw. I continued with my passion graduating from OCADU in illustration design. Most recently I decided to follow my heart, take the leap, develop and focus full time on cultivating my craft and love of lettering.
LL: My absolute favourite part of my job is difficult to pin point! I honestly love many parts of the process. From the sketching stages to completion, I really do enjoy it all. I have the opportunity to create something beautiful for a special occasion/day and that makes me so happy. Also, the flexibility of creating anytime is so wonderful. I have a 3 year old daughter, so my work revolves around her and it’s so great to be able to do what I love and be with my family.
LL: I fall in love with so many of my projects! If you can imagine creating a piece of art and then handing it over never to see it again! In some cases they get erased after the event and it’s a bit heartbreaking but at the end of the day it exists in pictures from their special day. I especially enjoy projects where lettering and illustration are both present. I feel that this is especially useful for my clients. A few of my favourites include customized bar menus, seating charts, and lettering on glass and mirror.
LL: Yes! Currently I am working on a line of stylish photo prop cards that I call “Posecards”! These cards are super hardworking, taking on the tasks of gift tag, card, and photo prop in one. I was somewhat tired of seeing the same old props at wedding photo booth pictures and sometimes they could be a bit cheesy, so I started drawing these customized and stylized props for weddings. They are simple and very graphic and pop in pictures in the opposite way of a clown wig. But shortly after that I would make them for present toppers instead of a gift tag, that way the person that receives the gift can use in pictures during the special event, hence “pose” with their card! From my lettering in captions to liquor bottles, food and logos, I illustrate and design them all. And I can make customized packages to suit the event or couple.
LL: Hands down my biggest inspiration is my daughter Melody. After her arrival I viewed the world and my time very differently. First things first, I want to teach her to follow her passion, I knew that this was my calling, but I did not pursue it aggressively and continuously until recently and I have a smidge of regret not doing it earlier. No matter what I did, in the back of my mind, lettering and illustrating was always there. And from the moment I made the leap all my work has been a direct extension of my personality and style. It is comforting to know that in 20 years, my daughter will be able to see who I am through the archives of my work and I feel like the more I letter and draw the more my aesthetic and mind is open for her to see and this encourages me. OH! Also, Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of Tattly designer temporary tattoos inspires me as well, not only does her company sell awesome, well designed products, it involves artists from around the world and the attitude of the entire company and website just seems so...happy! And happiness is always inspiring.