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Meet Jocelle Arcilla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jocelle Arcilla.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’d like to think that I started my calligraphy career when I was 3. My dad taught me how to write my first words in script using a Sharpie. My favorite substrate then were walls, mirrors, my grandmother’s antique solid wood furniture. Of course, I had an unlimited supply of crisp, white bond paper in our home library for all my projects. Fast forward to 2015, when I was living in Santa Monica, California, and working in digital marketing. My love for paper and all things handwritten has not diminished, I still enjoyed the craft of writing “pretty letters”. Out of curiosity, I took a few pointed pen calligraphy classes with the best calligraphers and letterers like Jenna Rainey of Monvoir Studios. Later that year, I moved to Miami Beach, and Inkpush Co. was born. Inkpush Co. is a creative house of fine art calligraphy and stationery. After 3 years of writing pretty letters, I feel incredibly grateful for meeting so many people who appreciate calligraphy both as an art and a discipline, not just a hobby. I consider myself lucky to be able to practice calligraphy as an art form.

Please tell us about your art.
Inkpush Co. is a creative house of fine art calligraphy and stationery. I use mostly pointed pen and my process is very intentional, everything I make are bespoke and handwritten – from personal stationery to heirloom love letters. My background is in copperplate, spencerian script styles combined with modern calligraphy. My passion really lies in organic, minimalist calligraphy on handmade paper. My aesthetic is reminiscent of a time when love letters are exchanged between friends and lovers, and mothers and fathers wrote to their sons and daughters. My work is very characteristic of clean lines, muted tones and soft textures.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
My advice on balancing finances is to pay attention to it very closely and create specific, measurable goals with a time element attached to it. The business of art is a tough one to navigate but if you plan ahead, take a few risks, have a back up, you will be okay. Don’t be afraid to tap into your community for support. You’d be surprised how many people would be willing to help you in order to see you succeed. I’m part of a community called Money Diaries, (also an online publication) where women share their financial challenges without judgment and share best practices to learn from. Some of the financial tips I’ve gotten there are extremely helpful, and I’m still learning everyday. Most importantly, remember that with challenges, come a wealth of opportunities. Don’t let your financial insecurity get in the way of your art. Plan for the long-term, conquer your fears, address your weaknesses and you will find that you are more than capable than you think you are.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Show up, make plans, stay open, keep in touch. The creative community is full of good people. I’m lucky to be a member of Tuesdays Together, a nationwide community of small business owners who have a desire to share their knowledge, learn from their peers, and grow together. I’ve met and worked with TT creatives in Miami Beach and Brooklyn to name a few, and they are all very collaborative and empowered.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can follow my work on Instagram (@inkpushco), Facebook (www.facebook.com/inkpushco), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/inkpushco). I also blog regularly about my work on my website (www.inkpush.co). For quick custom orders, you can visit my Etsy shop: (https://www.etsy.com/shop/inkpushco). My latest work was also featured in Trendy Bride magazine: http://www.trendybride.net/blog/western-style-wedding-inspiration.

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Image Credit:
inkpush co.
Laura Memory Photography

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