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Artist of the Week: Claire Braby

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

You can take a calligraphy class with Claire on June 23rd at The Works, called Calligraphy 201.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Claire Braby: I feel as if I’ve been creating since birth but in all honesty since third or fourth grade. I started making handmade cards pretty early on. I took a lot of art classes throughout middle school and high school—I think I took nearly every summer school course that I could tack on to my activities schedule. I work with, and incorporate, a lot of watercolor into my artwork. Watercolor is something I just learned a little over a year ago. I have also worked with acrylic paint. Calligraphy is something I have been practicing just over two years.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
It’s truly different with every project. If I’m thinking up a new card design, I will paint out the watercolor first, then I upload it to Procreate (an app on my iPad). I will cut and paste my artwork to a card template that I created, then I add in the text or calligraphy to go along with the artwork and go through my test printing, etc. and voila! It’s a new card ready for my shop! Custom artwork is a little different and takes a process of meeting with the client, going over details, sending out proofs, etc. before the artwork is completed. Those processes are always different and custom to each client.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I get a lot of inspiration from seasonal trends or client requests. Sometimes custom work can inspire another project. I also search Pinterest on a regular basis to find inspiration and ideas/color schemes for future projects.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
Animal puns, but truly anything with writing words (calligraphy)!

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I think custom work will always be super special. It still gives me butterflies when someone reaches out to ask me to create a custom piece for their home or a gift for a friend; they not only like my work enough to want to purchase it but they’re putting me in charge of a very special project with a special meaning and connection. It’s really neat.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I think every experience in life affects art and creation. Sometimes it produces something magical, other times it’s there to comfort and help us process an experience in a way without words.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
I share most of my work through Instagram @scrollingcalligraphy, BUT you can also get on my email list and stay in touch at

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I just received a request for some very unique place cards but not just your average place cards. This couple asked me to write everyone’s name on oyster shells! So cool, right?! I’ve also been asked to illustrate a children’s book so stay tuned!

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Black, with a smile (once the cup is empty).