Bottled Feelings - The Exhibition

This is the 5th year Love Lettering has been in business, as as the owner, creative director, and artist behind every piece of work that comes out of the studio, I cannot say how proud and grateful I am to have had so many of you include me in your most special moments in your lives, trust me with branding your company and come to my workshops and watched my videos to learn from me. Every moment I get to letter and share what I know makes me feel truly thankful. Along with being our 5th year in business, I’ve turned 40 years old. Now when I was young I thought that 40 was ancient, I thought at 40, one should have everything figured out, however I realized that growth, progress and transformation every year is required for me to feel fulfilled. I think it comes from being creative, I accept that I have a passion for lettering and will continue to strive to see how else I can use that passion to open new doors and pursue new adventures… and thats where this exhibit comes in.

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Our FIRST Gallery Show…

Bottled feelings stems from a feeling in my heart from a young age…”I know I’m meant to do more”… back then I didn’t know what that MORE was, and I never told a soul what I felt for the fear that I could never produce that MORE that I spoke of. Telling people you are meant to DO more, requires you to actually DO it, and did I have the guts to follow through? Did I have the talent, drive, persistence, to create the more I felt?

I thought when I created Love Lettering, that was the more. I thought that when I released the book, perhaps that was the more. I realized I still feel like there is more in me to give and show the world with the love of hand lettering and what I can do with it.

It also our first Kickstarter campaign…! I decided to pursue this route because Kickstarter is a creative crowd funding platform that supports artists and new ideas. Backers on this platform want to see and support new products and exhibits that are innovative and I wanted to see if this concept and exhibit would be well received.

You can be a part of my first exhibition experience in so many ways, some don’t even involve money:

  1. Take a look at my Kickstarter campaign and support if you can! I have some great rewards and a video that describes my idea and concept in full.

  2. Submit your own “Bottled Feeling” this is a totally collaborative exhibit where I will take the submitted feelings and hand letter them onto glass bottles… will yours make the show? All entries will be anonymous.

  3. Share my story and my campaign! The more people that hear about it, the more likely I will receive the funding to create this exhibit, so if this is something you want to see happen, please share.

  4. If the project is funded, please visit the exhibition! It will be free admission for all guests.

Am I scared? Absolutely. Will I fail? Its very possible. Do I kind of want to vomit? Yes, I do.

Does it mean I won’t pursue it? Hard NO. All the outcomes and feelings I have will never compare to the regret I will feel if I never tried to show the world (or at least Toronto) what is possible when I combine our bottled feelings with the art of lettering. Come take this journey with me. Thanks for reading!

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Extraordinary Hand Lettering has arrived....!

On November 7th, 2017 my book Extraordinary Hand Lettering was finally released, and with that was an overwhelming amount of gratitude and tears for all the people who opened their arms and hearts to my first book.  

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Its really hard to imagine that 3 years ago, I was in quite a dark and stormy time in my life, Melody was almost 3 and in that moment I thought that I would try, try, try to live my life authentically by dedicating my life to 2 things that I would never regret or let me down, being a full time mom, and a full time artist/business.  Making that decision would be lead me to the most creative and amazing years of my life so far.  It has been hard, I have learned a lot, I have met some incredible people along the way, and now I have become an author.

I hope that this book will be loved for its beauty along with its inspiration, I always design and create things for myself if mind, in this case I had to view it from the maker side, and the reader side, so I hope I have fulfilled my task.  Below you will find a video by the amazing HenjoFilms who shot this process video of one of our shoots from the book, it really captures how everything started and what I want the book to encompass... Hope you enjoy!

 

The making of this book was no small feat, and I cannot express HOW thankful I am to the amazing team that worked on this mountain of a project, it would not have been possible to achieve anything so lovely without the following creatives:

Head Stylist & Planner - Annie Tu from Madison and Ella

Photography - Janet Kwan from Janet Kwan Photography , Heidi Lau from Heidi Lau Photography, Katie Thompson from K.Thompson Photography

Cakes & Desserts - Caitlin Elaine from Cakelaine

Videography - Henry & Joanie from HenjoFilms

Creative Styling Consultants - Kathie Barone from Southern Charm Vintage Rentals, Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag

Florists - Jess McKewan from Periwinkle Flowers, Tellie Hunt from Hunt & Gather

Welcome

As the last of the warm days are amongst us, it reminds me that the year is almost wrapping up and it’s just a shame that I have not written more on the blog, but trust me I have been busy with the book, lettering, and life essentially.

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Year after year I promise myself that I would try to find balance between being a mom and wife and a business owner and entrepreneur, and I am boldly stating that I have NOT been successful in finding the happy medium…. and I cannot figure out why.

Is it because I am a workaholic and cannot say no? Am I not organized enough when it comes to allocating personal time to myself? Do I have too many ideas and want to fulfill all of them?  And if that is the case, WHY? What am I chasing? Sometimes I do feel burnt out but it doesn’t discourage me from waking up the next day and doing it again for another 18 hours.

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I love my life, everyday I feel so lucky to have a god given talent that I use to make people happy, make a living for myself, and also helps me make new friends! But turning this talent into a business has been more than meets the Instagram eye…it takes long hours, really good organization skills, being able to NOT procrastinate and it takes guts.

When you start a business, you have to leave your fear of being judged, lose your fear of meeting new people and telling people what you do. If you have the talent, the determination and fearlessness then all there is left to do is to TELL people what you are capable of and what you can offer… and what I have found is that people will find ways to put your talent to good use.

I have learned a lot of lessons along the way since the business opened in 2014 and I hope to always be a student of life… you will not find me stagnant, I hope to always be evolving and taking my lettering and the business to the next level…coming up is the release of my book, Extraordinary Hand Lettering, may it open more creative doors for me and the business, and from there the balancing act changes again!

Please follow my favourite social media channel, Instagram (@lovelettering_doriswai). Unlike my blog, I do post there regularly and I do unload a lot of tips and tricks about my lettering and thoughts.

Until the next post… Happy Lettering!