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Spaces // Molly Jacques

I’m happy to introduce Molly Jacques, as she gives us a look into her workspace! Molly is an all around creative, as you’ll find out, but she is killer at calligraphy and hand lettering. This girl has serious skills and her space is just that, amazing. Once you learn a little more about Molly, head over to Design*Sponge, where the rest of her home was recently featured!

Tell us about yourself as a creative.  
I’m an illustrator, calligrapher, designer, etc. etc.  I do quite a few different things as a creative freelancer but what I’m best know for is my hand lettering and calligraphy.  I work from home so I enjoy having my space to spread out and really dig into the whole process.

Describe your creative journey.
I’ve seriously always been into art.  My parents encouraged me as a child to pursue my talents in drawing and I guess it eventually turned into a career!  While living in Detroit for four years, I received my BFA in Illustration at College for Creative studies.  There, I was able to learn the basics and I also met my husband Cody!

After college, my husband and I moved out to LA where I worked at a small but amazing stationery company called Sugar Paper in Century City.  While working there, I found a passion for beautiful hand-made items.  I fell in love with calligraphy at that point and it just stuck.  When Cody and I moved back to Michigan last year, I worked a part time job at a print company and spent my nights slaving away with freelance work and perfecting my skills.    About seven months ago, I went completely freelance (woohoo!) and it’s been a crazy ride ever since.

I absolutely love what I do and am extremely thankful for all the support I’ve had from my family, friends, fellow artists, and typography-lovers.

Share a little bit about your space.
My space.  First off,  for any aspiring calligraphers out there looking at these photos…. I beg you, do not work at a flat table like I do!  I love the way this formica one looks, but I’m looking into investing in a great drafting table.  My back is feeling the pain these days after spending hundreds of hours hunched over my work.

That being said.  I do indeed spend hundreds of hours here so it’s important for me to feel inspired, happy, and encouraged when I enter my work space.  We rent our place, so I wasn’t able to take out the carpet, but the bright orange doesn’t bother me.  It’ actually an uplifting color in comparison to the cool color palette throughout our home.

Moreover, I try to keep things fun with posters and prints from my fellow artist friends and some of my own work.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
My favorite thing about my space, hands down, is the fact that it’s my space.  Having my own workspace separate from the rest of the house is not only healthy in keeping boundaries between work and home life, but it also serves as a constant reminder of how I’ve been truly blessed with work, in general.  Not everyone can work from home, and the fact that I’m able to have a full time job doing what I love, is truly something great.  I love being able to sit down in my own space and really put my talents to good use.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Inspiration! Because I’m way into typography, I often use word inspiration.  But any sort of images, colors, textures, whatever–it’s all good.

Check out that chalkboard! So beautiful.

Find Molly: Website | Twitter | Blog

Thanks Molly!


  1. August 20, 2012

    O my goodness. I had seen some of Molly’s work but had never really visited her site. She is so unbelievable talented! Thanks for showing her space and introducing her to those of us who had never looked at her site before! So good!

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  2. August 21, 2012

    wow, such amazing typography and what a space!! gorgeous.

    Tinker Finca

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  3. December 20, 2012

    Woah, molly has some talent! This really is something to be proud of! Kudos molly. Her artwork would look phenomenal in french bistros and restaurants! There was this one bistro near our place that would go great with her work. But they have guys that are doing carpet cleaning in Perth so we can’t hang out there yet. I am so excited to hang out in their newly revitalized place!

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  4. February 18, 2013

    The bright orange looks good. The colour of your furniture stands out because of it.

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  5. March 15, 2013

    Nice workplace! It was very clean and orderly, working in that area takes away all the stress you have in a day. What kind of cleaning material are you using in your workplace?

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  6. March 15, 2013

    Your work area looks gorgeous, I could just imagine having hardwood floors instead of carpet. (But either of the two would look nice). You have such an amazing talent in typography. My favorite is the one below “Has ink. Will print.” because it’s mostly abstract. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 27, 2013

    I may have to agree with you, Amy; hardwood floors can also fit this working area! If I were the owner of the house I would definitely put hardwood floor in my kitchen instead of carpet to prevent dirt from coming into the kitchen area.

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  7. February 14, 2016

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