Wallpaper: December 2017 Calendar & Pattern

December 2017 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

So, the end of the year is here. 2017 was a defining year for me and I have a lot to reflect back on before I say goodbye to it. This final month will be a time for just that. Then to truly close the year off, we will head back to the States for some family time before kicking off the new year in the air on our way home to London. I'm excited for this year to be over because I have a really good feeling about 2018. I never want to wish time away and I wont be doing that, but I'm feeling good and positive about whats ahead.

I hope everyone has a lovely month celebrating the holidays and a new season! Enjoy this wonderful, cozy, and festive time of year :)

Holly Christmas Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
December 2017 Holiday Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival 2017 Recap

Work by Britt Fabello

This past weekend was the Primrose Hill Christmas Festival. Having participated in the neighborhood's Spring festival, I decided to give their holiday one a try. I was a bit worried for the weather—you never know what you are going to get at any time of the year in London but once we get into the cooler months, that is especially true. All I could picture was pouring rain. Luckily, it was a beautiful day though (minus the chill). The sun was shining and people were out enjoying getting into the holiday spirit.

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

The May festival was my first ever tabling event. I was careful about it and had a very limited display so I could get a feel for what I needed if I were to continue to do events like this. The last thing I wanted to do was to buy a bunch of display items that I would never use again. This time around, I was ready to jump in and was more prepared thanks to those notes. The wind made it a bit tricky but I managed to get something together that withstood it. We only had a few large gusts that still managed to shake us up a bit!

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

Thanks to these Primrose Hill's festivals, I have been able to ease my way into events like this. What's easier than working right down the street? I am also grateful for my husband who helped me rent a car so we could easily transport everything without making a billion trips back and forth from our flat and the stall. He also amazingly stayed by my side all day to help with sales and pass the time. It helps so much to have him and friends come by. It was nice to see familiar faces stopping in to say hello as well as some new!

Looking forward to doing it all again in the spring! With hopefully warmer weather :)

Wallpaper: November 2017 Calendar & Pattern

November 2017 Desktop Calendar by Britt Fabello

November is here and we are long into autumn now. I have been doing a lot of watercoloring painting with this new season and seeing where that path takes me. It is such a wonderful medium to work in so I am excited to be exploring it more. I am hoping to get back into some larger acrylic paintings or mixed mediums but I'm learning to pace myself. My inner artist has been full of inspirations still from our travels this past year but I am already aching to get back out there for more. We don't have any trips planned through the end of the year though. We have been putting a focus back on doing day trips here in England so we can see more of this beautiful country before the day comes that we have to leave it.

For the month ahead I hope to stay on this track. We have family coming to visit for Thanksgiving which has become a new tradition. It does seem a bit backwards since Thanksgiving is an American holiday but the pub near us does a nice dinner for it. It's nice to not to feel like we miss out on holidays with our families when we get visits like these.

Wishing everyone a happy November!

Peony Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
November 2017 Wallpapers by Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: October 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Wallpaper: October 2017 Calendar & Pattern

When this post goes live, I will have just landed back in London after a visit to the States. I am really looking forward to seeing my family and getting to soak in New England for a little. The toughest parts of being away are missing those two thing—but London does a good job of distracting me! Months seem to by flying by and I can not believe that summer is over. It is always a bit painful to say goodbye to such a beautiful and full season but autumn has its ways. Soon the leaves will be turning and walking through Regent's Park will look a little different with the bright yellow hues all around us. I love lighting candles this time of year and getting cozy in the evenings with a good movie or book. Each season gives us a new reason to feel excited, restored, and inspired. I'm excited to see what autumn has to offer!

Sending all my love as usual! Happy October & Autumn, friends :)


Wallpaper: September 2017 Calendar & Pattern


Hello & welcome to the new journal on my studio website! From this point forward you will find my wallpapers posted here alongside any other art/design focused topics. Sea of Atlas, where you used to snag these from, has been converted into a travel only blog which I hope will still be enjoyed by many! Speaking of travel...we're kicking off the month with a trip to Portugal. I am really excited to be in warm sunny weather and by the beach. It will be a last burst of summer before autumn starts to truly show its face. We are also traveling back to the States later in the month to visit family and friends. It feels like it has been FOREVER since we have been home. It will be a nice time to refresh, reconnect, and enjoy our beloved New England. It feels crazy that these trips are already here along with September but I am very much so welcoming this month in! I wish you all the happiest of months and hope you are getting out to do some of your own end of summer exploring.


Wallpaper: August 2017 Calendar & Pattern

August has always signaled that the end of summer is coming near for me. It feels like we hit that mark a few weeks ago here in London though with the cool autumn like weather we have been having. I keep telling Rico that summer is over but we are trying to hold out hope that things will turn around here. Besides focusing on the weather, I've been enjoying our time back in London with a more low key schedule. June and the first half of July were definitely crazy. I thought we had learned our lesson when we did the same thing last year but we couldn't help packing our schedules full with travel itineraries. It's such a wonderful time to travel in Europe. You still miss a lot of the crowds but get some great weather. We will continue to stay put until the end of August when we take a little weekend trip to Ireland. We'll get our last taste of summer in September with a trip to Portugal as well as the States (we're hoping autumn arrives a little late!).

Enjoy the sun and all that comes with it while it last folks! Wishing you all the best for August.

Wallpaper: July 2017 Calendar & Pattern

I'm in complete shock that I am writing about July today. June surely flew by! Does anyone else feel this way? Our travel season has been in full swing so I'm a bit all over the place when it comes to dates. We took full advantage of June by starting the month in Switzerland and making our way to Italy and Norway. July will be kicked off in similar fashion—we aren't slowing down just yet! Tomorrow we board a plane to Bosnia where we will hang out for a little before making our way to Croatia (for our third time...we might love it!). After this trip, we'll be hanging out in London until closer to the end of summer. I'm looking forward to the second half of July being about down time and getting back into the groove here. With all my traveling, I've had plenty of time to reflect and think about whats important to me. Seeing new places always unlocks new parts of who I am and helps bring new ideas in. I have some changing and shifting I plan to tackle (and share) soon. For now, I'm just focused on getting to that warm sunshine and spending some time in the ocean.

Happy July my friends! Hope its a good one for you :)

A Hand Lettered Font Story: Montmarte

The latest addition to my hand lettered font collection is Montmartre. After our recent Spring trip to Paris where we spent a good amount of time exploring the neighborhood of Montmartre, I felt inspired. While wandering around the quaint streets and cobblestone hills, I was constantly looking around at the hand painted signs, old architecture, and feeling the vibe of this creative hub. After stopping into the Musee of Montmartre (now one of my favorite places on this planet) and viewing the exhibition on films depicting this very neighborhood throughout different time periods, it was clear to me where this trip's font was going to be pulled from. I felt drawn to the old movies— the black and white pictures and classic story lines. It was so clear then that the inspiration I was taking home from this trip was going to be very vintage inspired.

The Montmartre font has that typical 1920s classic feel. It plays with its glamorous side but also keeps things down-to-earth with organic lines unpolished lines. While the typeface has all it's characters from uppercase to lowercase, its a font that really stands out when used in moderation. I would not recommend writing a book with this font—no way! As I was working out in my head how Montmartre would work in the design world, I saw it being able to stand on its own in simple settings. It's strong enough to even work its magic with one character like the bottles or the store sign I've mocked-up. It has a clear style—a strength—that could really tell a story for a brand.

Making fonts has been a new process for me this year and I am really enjoying taking the lettering I've been creating for years after trips and converting it into a typeface for more people to enjoy. I love that it's helping to make handmade—really unique and artfully done—design so much more accessible to all people and budgets. And, of course, there is just something about putting pen to paper to come up with this magical new ways to pull inspiration from places all over the world. There is a zone I get in when I am drawing each of these letters individually. I want that passion and love for the craft to be felt. While these fonts get taken from their handmade beginnings and become digitized, I always make sure to leave their organic quality.

I'm sure there will be many more fonts to come—I feel like I am only just getting started even though I've been working at this all year to build a strong library for all of you to use and create with. There's been a lot of learning along the way so I can make sure these are always the best they can be. Hopefully, these fonts help guide you all to create outside the box and push your branding or to just have fun with it!

Wallpaper: June 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Helloooo June—okay, I know I'm a day early! But here's the first month of summer coming right up. I also just want to casually say that it's my birthday month and by default my favorite month of the year. There's always been so much excitement in June with the new (best) season upon us! I can NOT wait for summer to get here but in the meantime, we will be doing lots of traveling to get ourselves out in nature or soak up the warm weather. June's schedule looks absolutely crazy. We start the month off already in Switzerland (hello from the alps!), head to Venice shortly after, then we are off to Norway. In between our own travels, we have a few visitors from the States coming our way—one being my sister! Her visit coincidentally lines up with my birthday so it will be nice to be around family that day.

Before we know it, I will be back here writing about how June flew by and I can't believe July is starring back at me. Time flies during this time of year and honestly, all I want to be doing is swimming which isn't so easy in London. If I am honest, during the downtime in the summer I tend to get a bit homesick. I'm so nostalgic for the classic New England summer with long days by the ocean, trips to the lake, hiking in the white mountains, hanging by my parent's pool, BBQs, ice cream...ahhhh. It is probably the number one thing I miss from home and a driving force to return someday. For now, I have to make sure I remind myself to live in the moment and enjoy the British Summertime. London is at its best this time of year and since we moved so close to a park this past autumn, we are excited to have a boost to our summer lifestyle this time around. It has already proven to be top notch!

Wishing everyone a wonderful June and a warm sunny start to the summer!

Event Recap: Primrose Hill Festival

We moved to Primrose Hill back in the fall and one of the main reasons we were drawn to this neighborhood was the sense of community. It's small but full of life. You can feel the pride that people have for this little corner of London. As we settled into our new spot and were making our flat our home, we got word of the Primrose Hill Festival. It happens twice a year and we were excited to see what it was all about when the first one rolled around in December. The whole neighborhood comes out for a day of celebrating the area with local vendors, great food, and live music. With the December market being centered around the holidays, it felt cozy and full of that Christmas cheer. It was clear at this point that we had made the right decision when picking a new neighborhood to put some roots down in.

As Spring was approaching, the neighborhood was buzzing with talk about the festival once again. I was really excited to see what this one would be like—a non-holiday themed event. My interest was peaked. Then, Rico came home one day and asked if I had saw they were looking for vendors so we started discussing if it would be a good place to test out tabling. As I've noted before, I'm more of a behind the scenes gal but this is my year to have grit so I decided it was worth a try. It felt important to put my face and name out there in my own neighborhood, or even just to connect more with the locals. So, I submitted, was accepted, and got to work at prepping for the big day!

It ended up being an amazing day, truly. I loved being able to meet new people and chat about everything from my work to life in general. We got to hear some beautiful stories from others about their journey to how they ended up in Primrose Hill or London. There was so much support and love felt. It made me feel welcomed and closer to my community. And, one of the best parts of all was having a constant stream of friends stop by and surprise me. Being a creative and someone who works as a soloprenuer, it's especially important to have friends like this. People that are reassuring, supportive, caring, and loving. I'll never be able to fully express my appreciation for those who came by.  I returned home at the end of the day completely blown away by it all.

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather we lucked out with but it felt even more alive than the December one. I'm definitely still buzzing from all the energy—even weeks after. I'm happy to be a part of this neighborhood and I am walking away from the festival having learned so many new things from jumping into my first ever tabling event. It will be exciting to see where else this leads! The biggest takeaway from it all though was a reminder to continue pushing myself outside my comfort zone.

Event Recap: Teaching Hand Lettering At The Creating For Goof Conference

Just about a week ago I had the pleasure of joining the Creating For Good team to teach a hand lettering workshop in their first ever creative conference here in London. Creating For Good came together earlier this year and has been making ground in their mission to give back to the word. The London-based collective combines their creative forces to use their skills to improve the lives of the less fortunate. 100% of the proceeds from the conference and other events that they put on, are donated to a good cause. This conference teamed up with Women for Women International, an organization that runs year long programs to support women in eight different countries affected by conflict and war. All of this—the conference, the people, the organization—are helping to continue to move our world into a positive space in a somewhat shakey time.

Having never taught a hand lettering workshop before, I was a little hesitant to jump in but with this being my year of having grit, I knew I needed to say yes. I have taught in other capacities before. Some facts about younger me, I used to volunteer at an after-school art program for little kids to help them embrace their creative side. I also worked at a summer camp for years in various positions from teaching sailing to heading the department of arts and crafts. Those roles have given me experience leading and teaching so I felt I had a good base to go off of combined with my love of lettering. So, I ultimately agreed to jump in and teach the workshop, ready to tackle a new obstacle in order to grow.

First off—I'm super grateful for Jo and Jess. They answered the many questions I had—everything from class numbers, space set up, and allotted time. It was great to have them to ease my nerves and allow my planning to go smoothly. It was important to me to give each individual the best first go at hand lettering. I put together tote bags full of notes, pens, paper, rulers—everything they would need—so they could just focus on relaxing and getting into their creative flow. While I enjoyed talking about hand lettering and walking the class through the process, the best part was weaving through the rows of chairs to chat with everyone individually. I loved to see how each one of them was interpreting what they were learning and how they were putting their own individual twist on it. Honestly, they all blew me away with their talent. It was awesome to be in a room with such love and energy!

The whole conference was beautifully put together. And while I do mean that in a heart eyes kind of way—WeWork was the perfect space, London Flower School provided gorgeous flowers to fill it, West Elm donated beautiful plates, and The Social Kitchen laid out the most stunning (and delicious) spread of food. What really made the day special were the people though—the Creating For Good team, the instructors, Women for Women, and the attendees. I met so many lovely people that I have already been staying in touch with and feel so blessed to have crossed paths with. They have filled me with a new found creative energy and direction.

I left the conference feeling so full. My heart was truly happy and I felt like I had a super clear vision of where I was heading with my own creative path. Having the opportunity to share and chat with so many fellow creatives was really wonderful. I hope to have many more of these creative burst of energy! London is an amazing place to be for that.

And now, to end this recap of my workshop, I will leave you with this beautiful video the oh-so talented Daria Shevchenkocreated of the day. Enjoy!

A Hand Lettered Font Story: Fabello

As I noted last month, one of this year's goals was to make handmade design more accessible to all people. I have been working hard at building up my Creative Market shop with hand lettered fonts and illustrations. It has been a fun process but I have also learned a lot along the way of what direction I want to head in and with that who I am as a creative. This journey is about embracing myself and having grit—to continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone and own my work. I made the leap to create under my own name rather than Sea of Atlas (which as you can see has still remained a creative space in the form of a blog) this year. That change has made me take ownership of what I do. I can no longer hide behind a brand or a company, it's just a raw version of myself as a creative. That vulnerability is what drives art to truly come alive. I have never felt so free in what I can create and where I can take myself.

So, when I created my most recent handmade font, I decided to name it after myself. If I am honest, it felt a bit odd to do so. I'm used to be the quieter one in the group—I'm an observer and listener—or in cases of my art, I've always hoped that it could speak for itself. But as I have gotten older and further into my path in the creative field, I want to speak up and be a part of the conversation more. Naming a font after myself isn't meant to be vain. It is meant as a reminder to myself that it's okay to love yourself, your work, and completely own it. I'm proud of the work that I do and this is a nod to myself for being a strong and fearless dream chaser. When I look back at the past few years and all the work I have put into getting where I am today, it inspires me to keep pushing and shows me that I am so much more capable than I think am.

I can only hope by sharing my reasoning behind the Fabello Font and my story, that it can help inspire others to push further with their own work and passions. Life is truly built up of our own choices and while we don't always have complete control, it's important to remember that we have a power within us to go after our dreams as best as we can.

Wallpaper: May 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Over the past month we have been busy getting into the swing of our travel season. With trips to YorkBudapest, and Prague, it has been a good one so far! Life is really picking up pace as the warmer weather surrounds us with its loving arms. Everything seems to have a new found strength pushed into it with obstacles that speak to my word for this year—grit. While I've been continuously challenging myself outside of my comfort zone in different ways, May is starring me back right in the eyes ready to see if I can take it on. I tend to run my business solely online—with coffee meets up when possible of course! But this month I'm stepping outside and will be teaching hand lettering at the Creating for Good Conference as well as setting up a stall in the Primrose Hill Festival for my artwork. I've been working away at prepping for these events and ready to learn some new lessons about the business. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll also have a better understanding of who I am as a creative and overall person after these as well. I'm looking forward to see what new energy these will bring my way!

It's going to be a busy month but in all the best ways possible. From the working these events, plugging through client branding projects, building up the online shop with items like handmade fonts, and exploring my new role as an artist—there's a lot of things going on. In between it all we will continue on with our travel season with a short trip back to Paris and a week long adventure through the Swiss Alps.

Through it all we wish you all nothing but the best for this month ahead! Hopefully the warm and beautiful weather continues to give us all the good vibes we need to enjoy Spring!

Learn Hand Lettering At The Creating For Good Creative Conference In London

Today I am ever so happy to announce I'll be teaching a hand lettering workshop at the Creating For Good Creative Conference on the 7th of May in London! If you haven't heard of Creating For Good, let me just fill you in because you need to know about these amazing ladies. The London-based collective has come together as a creative force to use their skills to improve the lives of the less fortunate. By donating their skills and time, they work to build curated conferences and events that donate 100% of the profits to stand up organizations working to make the world a better place. For the Creative Conference, the proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International, an organization that that runs year long programs to support women in eight countries affected by conflict and war. 

The all day conference is a chance to connect with like-minded souls through a series of mixers and workshops. Through out the day, there will be three sessions of the classes with an amazing selection from cinemagraphs to food styling to choose from. In my class, I will share my love of creating to help you bring out your artistic side through the art of hand-lettering. We will break down the anatomy of lettering by showing you the ins and outs of how to create eye-catching letters by hand. Through an organic style, my aim is to show you a simplistic approach to the popular medium to help you create your own pieces and leave confident to continue exploring.

For more about the all day Creative Conference, head to the Creating For Good website (here) where you can purchase ticketsand look through the other amazing workshops being offered! All of this—the conference, the people, the organization—are helping to continue to move our world into a positive space. It's going to be an empowering day to be a part of and I hope to see some of you there!

Working From Home Wear: Mahabis Slippers

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of teaming up with Mahabis to collaborate on some social content creation through photography and video. Let me just tell you—collaboration aside—these slippers are seriously amazing. I've had my eye on them for quite some time. They are perfect for my lifestyle of working from home and the occasional errand running during the week. If you have yet to hear about Mahabis the shortest and easiest explanation is that they are slippers with detachable outer soles. When you are walking around the house enjoying a cozy day in, keep the sole off—but as soon as need to walk the dog or head out, snap on these well designed soles and you have yourself a pair of versatile shoes. I also love that by having these two options, you can change the slippers look from comfy to sleek.

For our first collaboration we worked with the Mahabis classic, lined with a soft wool perfect for the cooler months. They are designed right here in London and made in one of my favorite countries—Portugal. It was so tough to decide which pair I wanted to go with but I ultimately chose a light grey with a cream sole to keep with my love of neutrals. While I love that I can head out the door in these in an instant, I really love how warm they keep my feet will I'm working. 

After creating the photos for the winter content and Springs arrival, we decided to team up again to show of the Mahabis summer collection as a part of their video campaign. I thought it would be fun to show I used the slippers in my day to day. I can just pop them on, put the soles in place, and quickly be out the door to either run errands or go for a walk in the park. It was an especially dreamy London day when we were shooting this and Primrose Hill was the perfect location to head to and end the video. You can get a glimpse of London's skyline in some of the shots.

It's been a blast working with Mahabis and I have appreciated how much they let my creativity take over in the content I am creating. I am so thankful for this opportunity to show what I can do in a unique way and step into more of an art director role. So I will end with a a huge thanks to the Mahabis team for letting creativity breathe and flourish through your own work and your partners.

And seriously folks...if you are looking for a go-to durable pair of slippers—these are screaming at you!

In The Shop: Hand Lettered Fonts

This year, one of my goals was to find ways to make handmade design more accessible to everyone. Handmade design has a place in my heart and soul. It's the side of design that I love to be a part of and creating in. The quality of it offers brands and people really unique pieces to help build their look. I find it captivating and am pulled towards its unique ability to draw the eye in. One thing that can be tricky with handmade design though, is its price—and that has aways bothered me. As a designer you have to charge what you are worth—your hours, blood, sweat, and tears. Handmade design is a detailed process that is worth the investment but for businesses or bloggers just starting out, the price can be a make or break.

So, what's the solution here? I hate having turn people away because their budget can't cover what they are after. I believe they deserve access to elements that can get them started on the right foot until they are able to invest further. That's where websites like Creative Market come in. You can find an abundance of goods to help you get up and running. It's also a great spot for so much more. I've found great gems on there like mock-up to help present my work. I'm also seeing bloggers using it more and more to get stock photography or header fonts. I could go on and on about what you can find on the website but the last thing I will say is Creative Market is where you all should be heading to help give projects you are working on an extra boost.

The shop I am building currently contains a selection of handmade fonts and illustrations all done with my own two hands. Each of these products have their own story and creative process that you can read further about by heading over to the shop. Just click the product you are interested below or the shop bottom to make your way there. I am so excited to be able to share these with you all and give you the ability to start making beautiful graphics, logos, wedding invitations, and so much more on your own! If you have any request of fonts you have seen around the blog or in my work, I would be more than happy to hear them! As always—enjoy!

Wallpaper: April 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Friends—it's spring, it's spring, it's spring! Can I say that 500 more times? I'm so happy to see the weather getting warmer, the skies more blue and sunny, and the days getting longer. It is making my heart so darn happy! London has been looking good these past couple of weeks. I love when all the trees are in bloom making the streets full of beautiful color and vibrancy. We have lots in store for us this season and right into summer as well. We'll be stepping more into the swing of things traveling to York, Budapest, and Prague this month. I almost had trouble containing my excitement enough to type that. This time of year makes me feel so alive. I love getting away from it all to experience new cultures and adventures. It's amazing to be able to take in so much inspiration and I'm excited to see what comes of it all through some new artwork.

We are also getting closer to the Primrose Hill Festival on the 21st of May where I'll be hanging out selling some of my illustrations and paper goods. I truly hope to see some friendly faces there and meet some new ones as well!

Wishing you all the best of April and spring! Here's to breathing new life into what we do with the changing of seasons and the fresh beginnings!

My Artistic Journey: Illustration With Hand Stitching & Embroidery

Earlier this year I wrote about having more courage and taking the leap to create once again under my own name (here). It has been quite the process separating the blog from my work. In some ways, they still feel like they go hand in hand but each path felt like it needed its own space. With that, though, I don't want to build a fence along each path—I want them to still be able to come together whenever it makes sense. I enjoy talking about my design processes on here and revealing new projects. I also really really love being able to share any artwork that I am creating. It means a lot to be able to have an open space like this to chat about everything out in the open. An artist work just isn't the final product but (and maybe even more so) the process itself that it took to get there.

In my recent artwork I have been embracing hand stitching and embroidery. It forces me to slow down, learn some new techniques, and be intentional about my creations. Something I have always struggled with in my illustrations was the missing of the textile feel. I have found different ways to bring this into my pieces throughout my search and along the way—like using things like handmade paper that adds a lot of texture. This time around bringing out the needle and thread to see where it could take me was really unique for me. I've done some hand-stitching before for other personal projects like these handmade maps. It brought me back and I started to feel a passion flowing through me. My work felt more connected to my soul and I think (hope) it helps to bring the viewer closer to my work.

My obsession with texture and layering in different mediums is so the transportation to different places happens more easily. Sometimes that means connecting to the flower boxes that sit outside of the Primrose Hill homes and other times that means sparking a memory of a favorite chair. These images come to me and force me to make something of that imagery in my head. I am a strong believer that it takes more than just visuals to bring you back somewhere or to draw you in—and I mean really take you away. Maybe it's the sounds or smells that spark a memory. For me when I need places and objects to be deeper than just looking pretty. They need to tell a story, have depth, something unique. My recent drawings focus on texture to help bring more of this to life.

I'm feeling really good about the path I am not—not because it is easy—but because it is forcing me to really question myself as an artist. It is pushing me toward my roots and how my soul speaks. There's now a stronger connection between me and my work. I'm excited to see where this journey continue to take me.

Makers for Makers: Morgan Dyer

When you think about an artist, you envision someone immersing themselves in what they do for the sake of creation. Someone that has the empowering force to transform feelings and memories into something that makes you stop in your tracks, wanting to know more. All of this is at the core of our next Makers for Makers feature artist, Morgan Dyer. Morgan and I met at Montserrat College of Art as students. She is admired amongst the community for her dedication and natural ability to mix stunning colors while she brings her paintings to life. Pulling from memories of locations that speak to the soul, her work comes to life not just through her brush strokes but her desire to find new ways to add depth and texture into her pieces. I am so excited to be sharing her work with you all today so you can get a glimpse into such a unique and joyful person who is really making her way in the art world. So, without further ado—enjoy!


I'm currently living and working on the North Shore of Massachusetts. I paint mostly large abstracted work that can translate into landscapes or seascapes, but try to avoid restricting myself with that idea. Medium wise I typically work with acrylics on canvas or paper and prefer to paint as big as possible. Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to take on some commissions, but most of the time I’m focusing on personal projects or finishing pieces for local shops that represent my work.


When I was 17, I remember sitting in a river in New Hampshire mimicking Andy Goldsworthy’s Elm tree series for a class project. I was really drawn to the quietness of the work—the intimacy between the physical movement and the subject. I think that moment was unusually pivotal because there was so much pain and loss going on in my life at the time and I felt this urgency to study the idea of holding onto a memory or a feeling versus letting things organically disappear. Obviously, I didn’t know how I’d later represent that.


I guess my mission is to build stories the only way I know how. I like expressing personal development to an audience while investigating color and environmental awareness. My work can take on different forms depending on the kind of day I'm having, where I am physically, or what kind of work I may be doing personally. Heavy paint, transparent layers, uncomfortable spaces all resonate with places I’ve been and memories I have. There’s always going to be that technical drive to just to paint better and keep learning…but I like to focus on sharing my intimate experiences with people from different perspectives to see how their own memories interact with the visuals I present.


I tend to bite off more than I can chew...I’m always guilty of doing too much. When I first graduated, I would bombard myself with multiple side projects. I don’t regret killing myself with a huge work load, but it can end up doing more bad than good in terms of stress and pressure. I think it’s important to stay busy and productive but if you aren’t careful you can quickly lose sight on your personal goals. I’ll still find myself digressing back to the habit of overloading myself or saying yes to everything—but I think I have learned to be more aware of the consequences.


Yes, definitely...my Instagram is flooded with people and artists I admire. I’m also really lucky to be part of a supportive community of artists and friends who constantly push me. More specifically I’m inspired by Richard Serra and James Turrell’s ability to transform a space with such overwhelming power and presence...I love Richard DiebenkornHelen Frankenthaler...pretty much all the classic abstract expressionists. I’m really interested in artists who can deliberately curate a viewers experience or challenge spacial awareness.


I’d like to think my day begins after my full time job which luckily or unluckily starts at 7:00am and ends at 3:30pm. If I’m not committed to anything after that, I can typically get to the studio by early afternoon. For a while I had something scheduled almost every afternoon, but right now I teach art therapy every Tuesday. During the week I paint/reflect/prep canvases in my studio and leave my weekends for larger sessions, organizing, and communicating with clients. Oh also, afternoon coffee is definitely a thing for me right now.


Being a maker has a way of bringing people together, and I love being able to connect with like-minded people. As artists we tend to live in our own heads most of the time, but I think our commitment to expression and the vulnerability that it creates pushes us together. Overall I love the challenge of being a maker, and how my relationship to my work constantly keeps me on my toes. Having an outlet to share my soul with people is a serious privilege and when that moment becomes an opportunity to bring joy to a person or environment it’s a really good feeling.


I mean I still consider myself as just starting out, but I suppose first my advice is to figure out want you want to gain from being an artist. Everyone is different and has their own way of defining/approaching their work—it’s all very personal so try to avoid comparing yourself to others. Lately I’ve been trying to keep an image, book, or quote that will always remind me of the feeling I got when I realized this is what I wanted for my future…a little visible daily reminder. Right now, it is Agnes Martin’s letter “Advice to Young Women Artists.” Also...have a lot of coffee dates with friends and people who inspire you - staying connected is super important. If you feel stuck or are struggling it always helps to know you are not alone.


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**All images courtesy of Morgan Dyer & Myra Thornton**