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.