Student Stories: Jamie Bartlett

Meet Graphic Designer and blogger, Jamie Bartlett. Jamie enrolled in Mary Kate's Hand Lettering class and her "Make the world a pretty place" project caught our eye! She even included her hand-lettering project in her Etsy print shop, A Pair of Pears.

Tell us a bit more about yourself and your background.

I graduated in 2010 with a B.S in graphic design from John Brown University. After graduation, I moved to LA and have lived here ever since with my husband and dalmatian pup, Pixel. In addition to graphic design, I also run a blog and paper shop called A Pair of Pears. My work has been featured on Huffington Post, Babble and Poppytalk to name a few. I've also had the chance to collaborate with The Kitchn, Styled Magazine and The Sweetest Occasion.

When I'm not designing, I love riding tandem bikes with my husband, scouring thrift store for vintage tins, eating lots of sushi, and of course ending every day relaxing on the couch with my family most likely watching Park and Recreation.

How has Mary Kate's class helped with your lettering techniques? It's always helpful to see other artist's workflow and techniques. I might not think to do something the way Mary Kate does and it's those little tips and tricks that usually make things so much easier when working on a project. Plus she's an amazing letterer so just being able to watch her work was inspiring.

Are there other ways that Skillshare has been useful to you professionally or personally? There are so many great classes on Skillshare! I love learning new things even if they're not directly related to my profession. I think its important to keep learning and creating. It helps to stay fresh, inspired and prevents me from getting bored doing the same stuff all the time.

Do you have any tips for other people on how to get the most out of Skillshare? Do the project! It might be tempting just to go through and watch the videos and apply it to your work later, but the class assignment really does help you learn whatever the class is about. Plus it gives you the change to get feedback from your instructor and peers which is always helpful.