Meet Clair. A modern calligrapher and artist. Founder of Hooked Calligraphy.
Sweet as pie and gifted at making words not only beautiful but also thoughtful, Clair is the daughter of an Art Teacher and she grew up a well-seasoned doodler with a passion for making things. The apple did not fall far from the tree as she got her Art Degree in Drawing from the University of Minnesota. Post-graduation, she worked as an event planner in the Bay Area and turned to calligraphy as what I would call the most beautiful form of stress relief. I love that what started as a hobby evolved into a thriving and inspiring gateway to modern calligraphy and digital hand lettering in the Twin Cities – known as Hooked Calligraphy.
Well connected with Twin Cities event and wedding vendors, Clair loves pushing the boundaries and expectations of this traditional art form into hand lettering and drawing territory by using unconventional materials and tools – and anything with scale is her favorite! Her writing can be found on anything from place card rocks to giant balloons to menu cutting boards to store front windows. The personal touch always connects people.
I have been way fortunate to have collaborated with Clair on my Junk Bonanza set where her calligraphy was most definitely a star. She is also an amazing instructor for LAB Mpls and their Calligraphy LAB – where you too will undoubtedly get hooked!
Getting to know Clair…
What is your favorite trend you are seeing right now?
I love the trend towards natural materials – handmade paper with raw edges, using stone and wood as inspiration – or for actual calligraphy place cards!…seems like there is a movement back to basic materials and I love it!
What is your current color crush?
I am really loving a cool minty teal right now.
When you were 8, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A bus driver and a dolphin trainer. I guess I have always wanted to do a WIDE variety of work! Haha.
What are show are you currently binge watching?
I’ve been binge watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit. It’s a great little Netflix comedy produced by Tina Fey, so you know it has to be funny!
What is the last app you downloaded?
The Pinterest app for my phone. My addiction has officially spread to multiple devices.
If you could get on a plane and go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
So hard…I love to travel! I would have to say Maui. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
Do you have a signature drink?
If I’m not having a beer, Bloody Maria’s are next on the list. I love a drink that also comes with snacks in it!
What are your top 3 favorite places + things in the Twin Cities?
First, it would be all of the trails around the lakes, the River Walk/Stone Arch Bridge and the endless opportunities to wander by the water. Secondly, all of the great breweries! I’m originally from Wisconsin so you know I’m beer drinker…and lastly, all of the great art museums in the area. They are such a great source of inspiration!
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you want it to be?
Tough! Maybe Molly Jacques…she’s kind of a rockstar calligrapher and I would love to meet her and pick her brain!
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Fake it ’til you make it! Is that even real advice?! Ha. I just think it’s important to pretend you have confidence even when you don’t. Then suddenly, you are doing things you never thought possible!
What’s next for Hooked Calligraphy?
I would love to start doing more large-scale installation work as well as more digital design work. I’m always looking for a new way to push the envelope and use my hand lettering skills.
THIS OR THAT::
Bright Colors or Neutral Tones | Bright colors!
Leather or Lace | A light lace.
eBook or Paperback | eBook. Easier to hold in bed.
Sky Dive or Scuba Dive | Sky dive. The deep sea really freaks me out!
Classic or Modern | Modern.
Grammys or Oscars | Oscars.
Sunrise or Sunset | Sunset. I am not exactly a morning person.
Mountains or Ocean | Ocean.
Cake or Pie | Cake. Especially if it is chocolate!
Coffee or Tea | Coffee.
Paint or Wallpaper | I love the new bold modern wallpapers that are coming out, like the ones by Rifle Paper Co.
Instagram or Twitter | I’m such a visual person so Instagram for sure!