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Art & Life with Meylang Pounds

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meylang Pounds.

Meylang, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Lettering started for me when I was in 4th or 5th grade when my then teacher Mr. Kanegawa had has practice cursive writing every day. It was my favorite subject. I would get lost in it and all my 5th-grade problems would go away. I kept journaling ever since just so I can write in cursive. When I reached high school my brother had become a very talented and well-known graffiti artist in LA. I wanted to keep our bond since I felt him drifting away. I asked if he could teach me and he first explained that it was a very dangerous art and not many females are doing it.

Asked if I was sure I wanted to learn this particular art. I wasn’t sure what I had agreed to but I said yes. He taught me everything he knew and I became hooked. A lot was going on in my life during that time as well and graffiti art was my “escape”. The fumes of spray cans, the adrenaline that rushed through my body, even the pride that came with it, being one of the only girls who could paint and “get up” probably more than most guys.

Then I entered my 20s and I met Jesus. I became a born-again Christian and although there are many Christians now who still do graffiti for the propose of sharing the gospel, I knew it wasn’t something God wanted for me. Graffiti art had become my idol. I left all that behind including lettering for some time. Until God became my everything, it was then that He put this fire back in me to desire art, lettering, and specifically calligraphy.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I spent hours upon hours practicing calligraphy for 2 years straight. I was getting so many inquiries and the next thing I knew I was getting paid for doing what I loved. It was honestly mind-blowing. I prayed about it and decided to get organized and make it a business focusing on weddings. Marriage is also something that I’m very passionate about which is why decided to focus my lettering towards weddings. I love serving brides and even sharing about my own marriage via Instagram stories to hopefully encourage newlyweds.

My business name is Sōzō Creative Studio. Sōzō is a Greek word that in simple words means to be made whole. In Christ alone, I have been made whole. Art is a gift He has allowed me to have and share. The second part of the name covers the other facets of art that I enjoy such as watercolor painting and acrylic painting for custom wedding invitations, making folios, and simply creating.

My business is something I hope to grow and be able to give back to my local community. I’ve taught calligraphy workshops which have brought me so much joy being able to give back to others something that has helped me during very difficult times and seeing my students leave excited and equipped with new skills and tools to practice something they never thought they could do is extremely rewarding.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Yes!! Instagram is a great place to start! Commenting on other like-minded artist posts and following along their journey is a way to start creating a community. You’ll soon find that everyone actually knows everyone when it comes to the art community even when they live in a whole different state. Sometimes people will share meetups where artists in your local community can meet. You can also join a facebook group where you can share your struggles as an artist. Being an artist can be lonely but it doesn’t have to be.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work and on Instagram. People can support my work by referring me to friends who are getting married, buying a print, tagging my work when sharing, attending one of my calligraphy workshops, and commenting on my posts so I can get to know them more. I have met so many wonderful people on social media simply by having conversations via my posts. It’s amazing how the internet can connect people and create tight communities by sharing similar interests.

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Image Credit:
Lillian Rose Photography, joyannespanton, Cyd Photography, Elizabeth Le Photography

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