I have been an artist and creator my entire life. It is definitely a part of who I am. I will say, that I began to really explore and become serious about calligraphy summer of 2016.
I went on a mission trip to Thailand, which at the time was my life ambition.
When I went for the summer, I had already committed to go back and serve in Thailand for 2 years. I had already told my parents and family that this was a long-term commitment for me. This wasn't just a fluke thing, it was my life calling.
The third week I was there, my biggest fear came true, and I came down with an intense sickness that nobody could figure out.
I spent the next four weeks mostly depressed, lonely, in pain, and angry. I was alone most of my days, and spent most of my time at a coffee shop/diner that was attached to our apartment for the summer.
So, I talked to God. A lot. I read the Bible and meditated on it often through calligraphy. I would pick out a word or phrase that really stuck out to me, and I would write it down over and over again.
By the time the summer was over, I felt very confident in my calligraphy skills, and I found a new and refueling way for me to reflect on grace.
So, here we are now. I began my business as Flourish Hand Lettering in Fall 2017 right when I got engaged to my now husband Dan!
Since then, I changed the name to Annie Christine Designs (because flourish was taken) and have finally settled on Wild & Free Calligraphy.
Wild & Free describes my greatest aspirations, aspects of who I am, and what I want my business to stand for. I love all things wild, and desire to find freedom day by day.
My hope is that by following my creating journey, you find yourself increasingly wilder, and most definitely more free.
Thanks for joining me on the journey! I hope to be an encouragement to you through my art, and maybe we can become friends along the way.
With my deepest gratitude, thank you for coming along side me.