The Setup - Jules Birkby

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Jules, a hand-lettering artist known as Now Then, Sunshine.

Jules Birkby

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm a freelance copywriter by trade, but embarked on a slight career change into the world of hand-lettering when I finished maternity leave last May. I'm in the process of setting up a business called Now Then, Sunshine, selling cards and wall art, although it's still in the very early stages. At the moment I'm working on a series of hand-lettered, screen-printed inspirational quotes by women for the Empowering Women With Technology day at Leeds International Festival.

I'm also a Mum to two boisterous, bonkers children aged almost-four and almost-two, so I fit in the above when I can!

What hardware do you use?

For writing I use a laptop that's sadly on its last legs, having been inadvertently thrown down the stairs by my husband.

For hand-lettering I use watercolour inks, paintbrushes, brush pens and enough paper to kill a small forest.

And what software?

Illustrator and Photoshop for designy things; Word for writing.

What would be your dream setup?

A light, lofty space somewhere with a sea view where I could write, draw, paint and watch the world go by. There would also be a record player with a huuuge record collection, lots of shelves for all my art paraphernalia and someone to bring me regular cups of tea.

One item you can't live without?

A pencil.

Thanks Jules!

Jules Birkby on 28th April 2017.


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