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Typism Podcast: Kate Hursthouse

podcast Oct 04, 2020

EPISODE 1: The importance of play in your lettering practice with Kate Hursthouse

Kate Hursthouse is a Kiwi, from Auckland in New Zealand to be exact. She is an illustrator, calligrapher, lettering artist and mum to baby Arlo. The second baby we’ve ever had attend a Typism Conference. The first being Carla Hackett’s brand new baby. We start on them young here at Typism. 

Kate spoke about shifting perspectives at the 2019 Typism Conference and gave a fantastic workshop on lettering with unusual materials. Her techniques are filled with colour and energy and one look at her Instagram feed and you can tell that play and experimentation is a core part of Kate’s daily practice.

We asked Kate on to the Typism podcast to talk about a topic that is often overlooked by professional lettering artists: the importance of play!

Kate has very kindly provided a copy of the work-sheet she uses at her workshops where she shows you how to create and use your own folded pen from household materials. Pop your name and email below and we will send it to you now.

"Try not to think about the end result. Focus on the process"—Kate Hursthouse

Some tools Kate suggests starting with:
  • Balsa wood
  • Cardboard
  • Toothbrush
  • Water Soluble Graphite
  • Ruling pen
  • Folded pen
  • Bleedproof paper
  • Sumi ink (Daiso is quite affordable).
In today’s podcast episode, you will discover:
  • Why you should develop a creative play habit
  • What tools to use to inspire play and experimentation
  • What inks to use without breaking the bank  
  • How to create a cola pen 
  • Strategies for developing a play habit
  • How to separate your analogue workspace from your digital
  • The importance of stepping away from the computer.

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