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March 16, 2018
#WomensWork Feature: Brianna Lasko
Written by Kate Racculia
Brianna Lasko, owner, creator and handletterer of letteredgem, is encouraged by all the women she sees taking charge of their passions. “From small business owners to bloggers to anyone pursuing their dreams,” she says, “their bravery is contagious.”
A creative person who “just can’t sit still,” she’d been practicing calligraphy for years. But it wasn’t until she returned to her hometown of Bethlehem from Frisco, Texas, and stepped back from a decade-long teaching career to raise her daughter Landry, that she began investing in her calligraphic skills. “I started loving it so much,” she says, “and found ways to make my lettering my own.”
Now she creates handlettered goods to beautify your home, from one-of-a-kind canvas wall art to bespoke handlettered gift bags and wedding favors. “I want everyone to have a piece that will be special and unique to them,” she says. “And that will bring happiness to their space in a simple form.” As her business grows, she wants to collaborate with clients, and is excited about being involved with more weddings. Everything she makes is created by hand, made “completely with love.”
“I think, as women, we all have that little voice in our head,” she says. “That gut feeling. Listen to it. If you feel in your heart that you need to take a step in a certain direction, own it and let it happen.” And most importantly, “Have confidence! Let your dreams and aspirations become your reality no matter how scary it may seem, or what obstacles you may face.” Pursue your passions; you never know who else you may be inspiring to pursue their own.