"The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life." —Jessica Hische
My name is Emily Hesslen. I am a calligraphy artist and freelance designer located in Northwest Arkansas, where I live with my husband Ben and our husky Atlas. I studied graphic design and family & human services at John Brown University. I still have a deep love for design, but these days I spend most of my time specializing in calligraphy and lettering projects.
To say that I'm obsessed with lettering would be an understatement. I have been doodling letters pretty much since I could hold a pencil. In early college, I began to develop an interest in hand lettering (the art of drawing letters, different from calligraphy). A couple years later, pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering began to catch my fancy, and I devoted hundreds of hours to learning traditional and modern techniques.
I teach modern calligraphy, lettering, and seasonal craft workshops, and I try to incorporate custom lettering into my graphic design projects whenever possible.
I love problem solving, which is why graphic design still holds such a special place in my heart. I enjoy using logic and strategy combined with my passion for handmade quality craftsmanship. I am a hungry learner, and I often jump into things head first, whether I feel prepared or not! I love to create.
Aside from calligraphy and design, I also love woodworking, crafting, playing with my cute dog, and visiting craft breweries with my husband!
Thank you for your interest in my work! I'm able to do what I love because of people like you!