With The Artist: Robyn Birkey
There's something so intimate about calligraphy; it's a glimpse into a person, the way they curve their letters, the sweep of their brushstroke, the words they choose to put on the page. I've always admired hand-lettered prints but none more so than the ones designed by Robyn Birkey.
We met over Instagram, where so many wonderful collaborations and friendships usually begin, and as I scrolled through her feed, smiling over the adorable photos of her children and taking cues from her personal style, I noticed the occasional print--always done in her unique and remarkable handwriting, always with a meaningful and inspiring quote. There was one in particular that caught my eye, and thanks to Robyn's collaboration, it is now available exclusively in the shop.
Below, Robyn shares a bit more about her passion for creativity and her heart behind what she does and who she is. Hope you enjoy!
Describe yourself & your work:
I’m a twenty-five year old mama of two boys who loves to make beautiful things with my hands. I do an eclectic mix of art right now, one being hand lettering prints. I lean towards more simplistic designs but still with a little “Robyn” flavor to them. The prints I make for myself and others are also encouraging, empowering and positive. There is power in how we think about ourselves; I try to paint words that uplift and inspire.
How did you get started in the creative world?
I grew up drawing, painting and creating things out of everyday objects. My dad is a very talented artist and graphic designer, which influenced me early on. I remember being confused when I learned that my friends didn’t spend hours of free time designing on Photoshop, as this was a regular occurrence for me. When it came time for me to decide what college to attend, I shocked my parents and decided to go to hair school. I saw it as a new way to create and I wanted to learn more. But after years of being a hairstylist, I realized there were even more creative outlets I wanted to explore and felt that life was too short to just stick to one. I never want to be stuck doing something that doesn’t ignite my creativity and passion. Since then, I have done—and continue to do—some photography, crocheting, hand lettering, tapestry weavings, and freelance graphic design. I’m always looking to discover new creative outlets and keep things exciting.
What do you most enjoy about the work you do?
Sharing with others my unique interpretation of the beauty I see, and seeing them love and appreciate it also. With prints especially, I enjoy creating reminders of faith, hope and love.
What is the most difficult part about being an artist?
Making time to create. I have several projects I’m anxious to begin but if I don’t set aside and protect the time to do those things, they simply won’t happen.
From where/whom do you draw your inspiration?
Like many artists, I draw a lot of inspiration from my surroundings. The places I go, the people I meet, and the emotions those things evoke, naturally flow out of me and into my work.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Believe. Believe in your ideas, your instinct, and your creative journey. Believing in yourself is a powerful tool for continuing to create, fail, and move forward.
I’ll also never forget something my friend’s mother—an incredible painter—told me. When I was young I asked her how she became so great and she answered, “Get a notebook, draw a picture of something every day for one year, and by the end you will have discovered your style, your very own way of seeing the world.”