Meet Local Lettering Queen Katie Kerrigan July 27, 2016 09:55

I met Katie at the South End Open Market at Ink Block earlier this year. Her booth was set up near the Wander Truck and I was immediately drawn to her colorful, lettered prints.

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Katie is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona but now resides in Somerville, Massachusetts. This is her first year running her own business and we think she is a total pro! In addition to selling hand lettered prints, she also designs the most gorgeous, custom wedding invitations.

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We asked her our four favorite maker questions. Here's what she had to say:

Q: What did you do before founding your lettering business?

A: Before founding my lettering business, I worked at an advertising agency for five years. I was a Senior Art Director working on large scale clients including Pernod Ricard, Campbell's Soup and GoGo SqueeZ!

It was a lot of fun, and I learned more than I ever thought I would in that industry. It fully prepared me to start my own business, giving me the confidence to not only do all my own design work, but also project manage myself and my finances.

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Q: What inspired you to start lettering?

A: I have loved lettering ever since I started taking art classes in high school. I can't remember a time when I wasn't doodling letters and words all over notebooks and projects. Once I went to college and decided to major in Graphic Design, I took my love of lettering to a whole new level... creating fonts and using my hand drawn typography on every project I could.

I've been inspired by many different artists from Stefan Sagmeister to Laura Hooper and Molly Jacques. Also, my calligraphy teacher, Eleanor Winters, who taught me Copperplate and Italic out of her Brooklyn apartment when I took my first job in advertising in Connecticut.

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Q: Explain your business in five words or less.

A: fun, energetic, optimistic, whimsical, colorful

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Q: What has been the highlight of your year so far and what is your (business) goal for the remainder of 2016?

A: My highlight for the year so far was being asked to speak on a panel at Society of Grownups in Brookline about my jump from the corporate world to freelance. It was so much fun to connect with other people looking to do the same thing!

As for the remainder of 2016, I hope that my business keeps growing! I love experimenting with new lettering techniques and writing on new surfaces. It has been a fun first year running my own business, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the next year!

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Shop Katie's prints at Wander and be sure to check out instagram for sneak peeks of her latest lettering.