We had the good fortune of connecting with Lena Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lena, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The beauty of being a creative is being able to express yourself in unique and sometimes unconventional ways. I picked up handlettering and calligraphy at a time in my life where there were a lot of unknowns, and putting pen to paper and expressing myself through words gave me the outlet I needed. I love that I can let my mind wander and just “be” when I’m creating, and that there’s no right or wrong way to create something. I love challenging myself to learn new techniques and use new mediums and I love being able to produce something I’m proud of and share it with the world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a lover of all things handmade and handwritten. I create cards and prints and have worked on invitations, special events, and weddings. My lettering style is very minimal and crisp, and I love creating my pieces using simple materials: pens, brush pens, and simple watercolors are my go-tos. Creating something and sharing it with the world can be scary, but I love being able to make something from scratch and gift it to a friend or family member. A big thing I’ve learned over the years is to never stop creating. I have found myself in creative slumps and it’s not always easy to get out of them. Unplugging and recharging is important! Sometimes the best inspiration can come from a something you’ve read, a chat with a good friend, or a walk around the neighborhood. I’ve found that these challenges in my creative life has helped me grown as both an artist and as a human.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Balboa Park is one of my favorite places in San Diego. As a native, I grew up running around the park and visiting all the museums with my family. I would definitely show it off to a friend! Another stop would have to be the beach. What kind of San Diego trip would it be if we didn’t go to the beach? La Jolla Shores and Mission Beach are two of my favorites, and we would have to stop by Belmont Park for all the rides and arcade games! I would also have to take them to Old Town, Liberty Station, and the Gaslamp Quarter for a true Downtown San Diego experience. No trip to San Diego would be complete without food. Mexican and Asian food is the best here, and there are plenty of cafes and brunch places to check out. We’re also a big craft beer city, so breweries would be a must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my friends and family, who are always there to support me, no matter what path I choose.