Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlyn Hung.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to work in Downtown. I worked in marketing for a real estate company and I actually met my husband there. As I worked my way up the corporate ladder, I realized that I had an unbalance in work and personal life. I started looking for outlets to exercise my creativity, and that’s when I had the idea to make greeting cards. I bought a calligraphy pen, watercolors, and markers. I immediately started practicing my calligraphy, painting and drawing. I created an account that is now called Copper Crane Design on Instagram, bought a domain and created a website to showcase my work.
When I started out, I mainly did it for fun. When I got engaged though, I started taking my hobby more seriously. I rebranded myself about a year ago and did my first Save the Date and wedding invitation suite for my own wedding! Although the challenge was stressful, our wedding was magical and I learned a lot along the way.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a wedding calligrapher that specializes in Save the Date card designs as well as wedding invitation suites. My main reason for doing this is to create beautiful things. I would have loved to create greeting cards but I wanted to do something more memorable. Creating wedding Save the Dates and invitation suites are items that couples will cherish forever.
When I look at a piece of parchment with beautifully written calligraphy or any type of letterpress, it thrills me. The art is so moving. There is so much thoughtfulness in cards… It’s an intimate way to tell people that they’re thinking of them. It may be stored away, placed on the fridge, or thrown away afterward, but it still touched someone even for that brief moment. In other words, a Save the Date and wedding invitation suite are more than just cards – it’s the announcement of an important beginning.
My artwork is soft and subtle yet detailed. I hope to reach a level with my cards that even a person with the hardest shell can understand and appreciate the work put into it.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Advice for other artists – don’t be afraid to reach out to people for advice and do not be offended if they do not give it. I reached out to at least 25 calligraphers to see if I could assist them in any way and only a couple responded with gratitude but with no help. It’s humbling. As I grew though, a few other calligraphers and vendors contacted me. Because of my early experience, I chose to be kind to them. Now, many of those people have become my friends in real life.
When starting out, choose what you like and surround yourself with it. When I started out, all I knew was that I needed a calligraphy pen, paint and markers. I began my Instagram page and followed as many artists in my field as I could. I learned from them and applied certain practices into my own work.
After you choose what you like and surround yourself with people that inspire you, surround yourself with vendors that compliment you. For example, I am close to a few other wedding calligraphers, but now I am also connected to wedding photographers and wedding planners.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can view my work at www.CopperCraneDesign.com and www.Instagram.com/CopperCraneDesign. You may contact me at Ashlyn@CopperCraneDesign.com.
- Address: Los Angeles, CA
- Website: www.coppercranedesign.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/coppercranedesign
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coppercranedesign/
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/coppercranedesign/
Photography Credit: Copper Crane Design.