Another month, another featured artist. Here is another featured artist for the month of September! Get to know her more by reading this.
Featured Artist of the Month: September
Who is she? She is Noni Devora who is a fellow Agnesian, leftie and calligraphy enthusiast. I’ve known her because I’m friends with her sister, Nissa. Recently, she had her first workshop at Common Room PH (Rockwell branch). I got sad since I was not able to go there and see her in action. But before anything else, let’s get to know her more.
Get to know Noni
What made you start this craft?
We had a lettering class in grade school. I hated it at first; it was too mechanical for artsy me. But looking back, it actually helped me with the basics of letter construction and spacing.
In 2012, I got into Calligraphy! I loved the feel of scripts, and thought that it would be great to mix it with my graphic design work. I bought all the tools that I could find (Scribe loyal customer here!). But at that time, there were scarcely any workshop or training around. Sooo, in the end I found out that most of the nibs I got were not for the type of calligraphy that I wanted (pointed-pen).
How long have you been doing this craft?
Lettering is something I’ve done regularly for work. But I didn’t take it seriously until recently. For calligraphy, it was an on and off love affair. But collectively, I would say about 2 years now.
Why did you pursue it?
It was a specialized and unique skill (back then) that I could use for graphic design. Now, I’ve realized that I love drawing letters more than other things.
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I know handmade products tend to be pricier than mall products. But after a student told me that she can't afford my regular pouches, I realized that I needed to make something that was wallet-friendly without losing the magic of handmade. So tada! Here are some prototype drawstring pouches that I'll be delivering to Common Room this afternoon. Send them some love! 🎂 #commonroomph #handmade #crafts #handpainted #pouches #nonidevora #artph #feather
Getting to know Noni
Did you have struggles in pursuing the craft? If yes, could share it to us please.
Lettering was very frustrating back then, I always thought something looked off in my letters. Practiced on letterforms, kerning, and layout, thanks to the great Jessica Hische!
For Calligraphy, I’m a leftie! Not saying that it’s bad, but it’s definitely more challenging. The way we hold the pen and position paper, the way we angle our hand, arm, and body is different.
Song lyrics? Pwede?
Love what you have, and you’ll have more love.
-Firewood, Regina Spektor
Top 3 favorite tools
- mechanical pencil
- Dong-A 2B lead
- Brause ef66 nib
- Laptop/Adobe Illustrator
If you are to share your tips and tricks to newbies, what would those be?
- Keep trying and don’t give up. I gave up a couple of times but I bounced back and kept falling in love with letters. This applies to life in general, not sure on love though.
- Clean your tools (esp. for Calligraphy!) I’ve lost great nibs and holders because of nasty handling.
- Share your work! This is something I practiced quite recently. It took me 2 years before posting any of my calligraphy work. It helped me improve, bigtime!
If you were to describe the craft in three words, what will those be?
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Reach her through her email.
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