Nicole Miyuki is a freelance artist, graphic designer, teacher, and the author of two hand lettering books - By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering and The Kids’ Book of Hand Lettering. Starting in 2015, she began teaching in-person workshops to students who were curious about the hand lettering craze. She’s taught over 700 students in-person and online at all levels and all backgrounds, from those who consider themselves to be creative to those who have never even picked up a paint brush before in their life. She is a kind spirit and truly believes that everyone, kids and adults included, can enjoy using their own two hands to create. You can find her online at nicolemiyuki.com and on Instagram @nicolemiyuki.
Suggested Interview Topics
Why do you believe hand lettering is a modern vehicle for human connection?
You say that hand lettering and other art forms can be alternatives for meditation. In your experience, what mindfulness lessons have come out of your art?
You’ve built an incredibly engaged following on Instagram. What tips do you have for other artists who want to do something similar?
I’ve read that you don’t have to have good handwriting to create beautiful hand lettered pieces -- is that true?
You wrote two books in one year… but you say you’re not a writer. How did you do it?
Do you have any tips for people who don’t consider themselves creative but want to try hand lettering or other art forms?
In 2013, Nicole Miyuki took the leap from employed graphic designer to freelance lettering and watercolor artist. She began lettering after her 9-5 job because she needed an outlet and a way to decompress from her long day. While she majored in graphic design throughout university, her hand lettering and watercolor skills are self-taught. She had clients in the wedding industry, sold at craft fairs, and began to build her online presence -- primarily through Instagram. Today, in October 2018, she has released two traditionally published books. She has 20k+ followers on Instagram and regularly teaches workshops across the United States.
This hand lettering journey started simply from a tumblr in 2011
Played collegiate soccer at Chapman University
Born in San Jose, CA and lives in Los Angeles, CA
Has the travel bug
Community, Curiosity, Flexibility, Gratitude, Mindfulness