DIY – The Professionals! Carla Hackett from Foxglove Lettering

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Foxglove Lettering is a boutique lettering and design studio run by the talented, and equally lovely Carla Hackett. This busy lady hand-crafts lettering for a range of clients in creative industries, including fashion, music, food, branding, retail, hospitality, magazines, books, weddings and conferences. I have a soft-spot for typography, and Carla’s work always has me swooning, and wishing my scratchy handwriting was capable of looking so fabulous. But of course, THAT is why she is the professional!

Carla was generous enough to share her time with us today, providing some fantastic insight into her creative journey, and the bespoke beauty that she creates.

What was your path to crafting handmade items?

I was once a graphic designer and I was so excited to discover my passion for lettering as it was the perfect combination of using my hands and typographic nerdery! The ephemeral nature of chalk really appealed to me as it’s impermanent and rustic, plus it suits the vintage typography styles I love.

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Photography by Brooke Holm

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere! I love finding old Ghost Signs around Melbourne from another era. My travels around Europe were amazing for stumbling across hand painted signs, street signs and neon. My coveted item in my possession is a lettering book from 1965 that someone like Don Draper would have used to order his headlines! There are some fantastic brush script references in there. Oh and of course the magical internet with some fantastic lettering blogs, Pinterest and Instagram is great for following fellow creative types and seeing behind the scenes.  

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Letterpress by The Distillery

What is the most common question you are asked by couples?

Will my chalkboards smudge?!

What is your favourite colour palette?

Black and white

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 Photography by Brooke Holm

Do you have a favourite style of wedding (rustic, vintage, modern, classic etc)?

Definitely vintage. I think I was born in the wrong era sometimes.

Share with us your top Etsy store pick!

When I came across this store I gasped out loud! Not just a vintage dress, but one with LOTS OF CATS on it. This will complete my transformation into crazy letterer/cat lady.

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Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook

What is your DIY advice for couples?

You can get some handy adhesive chalk labels, perfect for little milk bottles filled with punch and a stripey straw to write guests names on.

What is the one tool you can’t do without?

My Palomino pencils for drawing.

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Photography by Brooke Holm

To find out how Foxglove Lettering can create something really special for your big day, head to the website and get in touch with the delightful Carla!

About Carla – Carla loves slow food, coffee and travel, and has a worrying obsession with finding the world’s best gelati. When not laughing at cat videos on YouTube, she can be found riding her pink bicycle around the backstreets of Brunswick and Fitzroy pointing out beautiful vintage lettering to anyone who will listen.

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