Trade: Hand Letterer
Locale: Smyrna, GA
“I love old lettering and type and I’m always on the hunt for great old typography finds, whether it be on the side of an old building or on an old item at the thrift store.”
As a bona fide type enthusiast, Kristen realized that hand-painted signs were a disappearing art, so she decided to take matters into her own hands—yep, literally. Her vintage-style wood signs feature her own freeform handiwork, and all have a certain nostalgic feel. Typically, she starts off by layering up paint on a piece of birch wood, then sanding and distressing it for an aged look. The words she chooses to letter often have a fresh, modern pop and a positive bent. It’s no surprise that vintage ads and signage are her muses—anything that creates a feeling of “I-was-born-in-the-wrong-era” nostalgia.
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