About

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Justine Hwang, a calligrapher and handlettering artist. I use art as a tool for personal development, community building, and social change. I’m a strong believer in the power of words to heal or harm. I write words to inspire wholehearted living because I believe that will change the world.

Combining my passion for growing people with 15 years of leadership development experience, I design my art and workshops to encourage exploration, create meaning, and connect people to each other and themselves. It’s all about growing while getting messy and having fun, and giving back to the community.

You’ll often find me having deep heart conversations over coffee with friends, binging on a pint of ice cream, or indulging my latest ideas for projects into the wee hours of the night. I hope to meet and connect with you soon!

The Short Story of It Just Flows

My mom buys me my first calligraphy pen at the age of 8, when I teach myself Roman Italic lettering. I first sell handlettered greeting cards to my Grade 4 classmates, and homemade lick and stick address labels to my snail mail pen pals.

Other than two calligraphy classes that result in more ugly letters than beauty, I forget about calligraphy until it finds me again, after burning out. Wandering in a wilderness of identity-reformation, creativity and community leads me on the road to healing. I waddle like a toddler learning how to live wholeheartedly, leaning into *all* the emotions after a lifetime of numbing them. Community shapes my art, as people inspire and collaborate, and respond to my vulnerable art.

I suffer a personal loss that leaves me reeling again. I feel called to step up and bring new life to It Just Flows in honour of that loss. Thanks for joining me in on this journey.

(That’s the short story. You can read the full story here, or listen to a podcast where I tell the story here.)

 

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