Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Lee.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a family of artists and art has always been a big part of my life. My biggest inspiration has always been my grandmother, a fine artist who supported her family of 5 as an art teacher and painter, during times when art was a luxury back in Brazil (where I’m originally from).
I spent my childhood painting, drawing and making things, but didn’t pursue a career in anything creative for a while. My background is in Marketing, and after almost ten years in the corporate world, I started to miss having a creative outlet. So I decide to pursue a creative hobby and started learning calligraphy and design as a form of “meditation”. The hobby quickly became a passion, and friends and family started to ask me to create things for them. I started to post photos of my pieces on my personal Instagram, and I started to get noticed by brides, so a couple of years ago I officially opened my business creating heirloom stationery and calligraphy for couples who love paper and the old world aesthetic as much as I do.
Please tell us about your art.
I believe in telling stories through beautiful paper, meaningful artwork and unique pieces that reflect my clients’ personalities. My designs are inspired by my love of nature, old books, and art. My mission is to create beautiful heirloom stationery that will be cherished for years to come. I’m a lover of the old world and all things vintage, and calligraphy on itself is a lost art. I believe we lived in a world now where everything is disposable and consumed so fast, and that relationships started to lose that sense of closeness, the personal touch that social media can’t reproduce. So I try to create things that can be appreciated through generations, and that make people feel loved and important. When you receive a custom invitation that was made in an artisanal way, by someone’s hands, you know it took time and care, and you feel loved and appreciated in a way that an email or even a pre-made online bought invitation would never make you feel.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I wish I had learned earlier that you don’t have to be “born an artist” to become one. For years I didn’t fully pursue a career as a creative because I felt like it wasn’t for me, and that I wasn’t talented enough. I didn’t give myself permission to show my work to the world, because I kept comparing myself to others that were doing this for much longer than I did. But one day my grandmother told me she had struggled with the same thing when she started out, and that one of her mentors gave her the greatest advice: you don’t have to be a “natural” to be an artist, you just have to work hard and find your own style. I think we all suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time, so I’d say just be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to create and be proud of your progress.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work via my website (plumeandfete.com). But I most frequently update my Instagram (@plumeandfete), and Pinterest with my latest creations.
- Website: www.plumeandfete.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/plumeandfete
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/plumeandfete
Photos by Melissa Blythe, Sara Weir, Whimsie Photography, Charla Storey and Gabriela Ines.