Gabri Kirkendall is a self-taught artist and designer who specializes in pen and ink, watercolor, and photography. She works out of her home studio in Tacoma, Washington, and has a thriving online shop at Etsy. Gabri is a contributing author to Creative Lettering & Beyond and has a growing online presence on Pinterest (700 followers) and Facebook (103 likes).
Julie Manwaring has long loved the whimsical, rhythmic beauty found in the repeating letterforms and flourishes of calligraphy. Her custom hand-lettering and illustration studio, Flourish & Whim, grew out of this love for letters and passion for art. Julie's styles are a unique blend of classic and modern - the perfectly imperfect ups and downs, swirls, and undulations create a graceful dance of words. Hailing from the Northeast, Julie currently lives in San Francisco with her family of three. When not in the studio, she can be found swinging at the playground with her son, strolling through the neighborhood fabric shop, or in the kitchen combining efforts with her husband on a new pizza recipe. To learn more about Julie and her work, visit www.flourishandwhim.com.
Laura Lavender, co-author of the best-selling Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful work of art, holds a BA in fine art and has had the privilege of studying calligraphy with many fine teachers. Clients and publications that have featured her work include The New York Times, NBCUniversal, Vogue, Nordstrom, American Greetings, Bravo, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Pioneer Woman, and Style Me Pretty. Laura lives on Vancouver Island in Canada. To learn more, visit www.lauralavender.com.
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand-lettering artist and illustrator located in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts, she interned at a local advertising agency, where her love of hand lettering and illustration was fostered and encouraged. Now a full-time freelance illustrator, Shauna has an unhealthy obsession with typography and is quick to point out awesome lettering and packaging examples to her friends and family, who thankfully put up with her quirkiness. She loves to create side projects based around lettering, such as her Three Word Stories project and positive quotes. Shauna works out of her home studio with her puppy, Teddy. Learn more about Shauna by visiting www.shaunaparmesan.com.