Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Moffatt.
Stacy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a child, I was obsessed with illustrated books and my affinity for them grew as I got older. At the same time, I had a knack for drawing (well, mostly coloring). Between the knack and the obsession, my passion became my guiding compass into adulthood. I always knew I would end up drawing because that’s how I communicated with the world.
In my early twenties, I was accepted into my dream school, California State University, Long Beach where I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts Illustration Degree. Around that same time, I started working for Trader Joe’s as a sign artist, a completely new artistic endeavor for me. Using my illustration foundation, I began intensely studying letters, fonts, and typography. Very slowly, these combined skills would evolve into my niche.
Since then, life has been a wonderful evolution. A slow burn of vulnerability, grit, dumb luck, and validation. Every different experience from my past shapes the work I create now.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ha, ha, ha, well that is a loaded question! First, you have to figure out how to get out of your own way. But once your mentality is slightly in check, it is incredibly scary to tell the world that this “unquantifiable,” creative, alternative approach to everything not only has value but is how you plan on making a living the rest of your life.
Thank goodness, I stayed as far away from thinking as possible, and I took a cue from my dad. I put my head down, and I got to work. I problem solved, and I pushed forward every single day. There was never a plan B, so I had to figure out how to really make this work.
Please tell us about StacyMoffatt.com.
My business is StacyMoffatt.com, and I specialize in Chalkboards, Illustration, and Hand Lettering.
Most often, I solve a visual or communication issue between my client and their audience. I use my illustration foundation, and my lettering experience to create specialty art pieces that bring my client’s vision to fruition, inform, keep brand consistency, and fabricate a one of a kind experience for the viewer.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When my siblings and I were all little, like second or third grade little, my parents would take us to the local Borders bookstore. I would immediately make my way to the kid’s section to get my hands on every gorgeous book there.
And I would spend hours dissecting, looking, reading, engulfing myself into these other worlds. I remember laying on the floor for what felt like hours. I am sure in real life it was probably twenty minutes, but as a kid, you know how it is when you find your happy place. You just get lost in it.
- Website: www.StacyMoffatt.com
- Instagram: @stacymoffatt
- Twitter: @stacymoffatt
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