Meet Calligrapher Suzanne Cunningham

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Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

If you were on stage right now, how would you introduce yourself? (You can brag! Think TedX or maybe an exhibition of your work.)

I would introduce myself as a simple, down-home girl from Alabama. I love the Lord and my family. I think simplicity is what makes me able to connect with people as a calligrapher. They don’t come any more “regular” than me!

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

When did you first really get interested in lettering and calligraphy?

I’ve been interested in lettering and calligraphy my whole life. As a child, I would copy the letters out of my mom’s Speedball book and write phrases I heard on television as I practiced. I started addressing wedding invitations 23 years ago using a Pilot Precise V-7 roller ball pen. Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

What are your favourite art tools and media you prefer?

My favorite art tools: my oblique pen holders (currently I have nine), walnut ink for practicing, Rhodia pads, zebra g nibs, and the Blanzy 605
Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblogMeet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

When you find yourself in a creative rut, how do you conquer that?

When I’m in a creative rut, I love to search my favorite artists on Instagram for inspiration and ideas. I make a mental note of the things I like and want to try. When I’m producing a piece, I try not to refer back to their work, so it is truly something of my own and not copied.

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

What would be the ideal lettering / calligraphy assignment you’d like to work on?

I have always wanted to spend the day at Louis Vuitton signing gift cards. Hopefully one of these days!

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblogMeet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblogMeet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

Any advice you’d like to share on finding your own lettering style?

Finding your own lettering style can be tricky. I would suggest to start in pencil, erase and try again until your hand falls into a rhythm and you get a look that you like. Take a picture of it and study the picture and see what changes you need to make.

Meet calligrapher Suz Cunningham!- Teacher Spotlight from #SimpleAlphabets on Instagram @surelysimplechallenge + @surelysimpleblog

Thanks for sharing, Suz! Find more of her gorgeous calligraphy at her instagram @suzcunningham!

For the challenge @surelysimplechallenge, Suz taught the letter:

Teacher Takeover! ▶️ Hi, I'm Suzanne Cunningham (@suzcunningham) and have been doing calligraphy about 23 years. I got brave enough to try the pointed pen about 2 1/2 years ago. What a game changer! ✔️My favorite tip is always the same: take a picture of your work and look at the picture to critique it. Somehow, when I do this, the mistakes and inconsistencies immediately jump off the page. 🖍🖊✏️🖌🖍🖊✏️✍🏻 📽: @suzcunningham….. Feeling inspired by Suzanne's attention to the intricate details? Join in the fun! Upload a video or image of 🔸D🔸 and tag it with ▶️#SimpleAlphabets ▶️#SimpleAlphabets_d If Suz has inspired you, be sure to leave a comment below so she can see it! ⬇️ Happy lettering! 🖍🖌🖋🖊 Ps- read the new interview on the blog! link in bio. Another interview coming up in @opinion9 soon so follow there to stay in the loop! 😬😀 #obliquepenholder #calligrapher #pointedpen

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PS- Read more about Suz in this exclusive interview at Opinion9.