When I learned of Marian Bantjes' work last year, it was like being connected with a creative kindred spirit. Marian is hands down, the reigning queen of ornament, handlettering, and general design awesomeness. My handlettering merely aspires to be like hers when it grows up, but she makes it look so effortless and fluid. And I love that you can sense emotion through her ornamentation and how the lettering is hidden in the ornamentation--you have to unlock or decode the message, in a way.
My favorite excerpt from her interview with Drama magazine is below:
When it comes to creativity, I think it does pay to pay your dues. Every piece you create helps you figure out what your creative voice is and what you like or don't like. I know I've gone back and looked at some work I've created and thought, "Man, that is some serious crap!" My hall of shame includes my first studio project in arch school (that building was straight fugly), a wedding invitation I made with organza bows gone wild, a logo I designed for a humanitarian non-profit which they said was perfect in everyway except that "it looks like a swastika", and the list goes on. I think every creative individual, no matter how genius (not that I consider myself one in any way) you think they are will produce a dash of mediocrity and a dollop of ugly. Hey, no one's perfect.