Meet the Creative: Joyce Lee - Artsynibs

Float Festival was founded out of a frustration that the ‘wellness’ industry wasn’t making people feel very ‘well’. As an antidote to this, we wanted to create an event that would reshape wellness, by shifting the narrative away from diet and exercise, towards creating, learning, and moving; in a fun and lasting way.

To give you a little taste of what’s in store, we will be introducing you to some of the makers and creators on the bill for the big day. From yoga instructors, to movement coaches, to the creatives who will be shaping the future, find out what wellness means to the people at the heart of Float Festival 2018.

First up is Joyce Lee, Founder of Artsynibs - "a modern day scribe with a mission to inject a hint of handwritten touch into every project." Joyce's love of calligraphy married with the creative spirit of Manchester has led her on a journey to bring back the beautiful art of writing, relying on the patience, the clarity and the accuracy to illustrate that there is still great beauty to be found in the pen and paper.

What is your company, what do you do and what makes in special?
Artsynibs Studio is all about calligraphy - western calligraphy. Penning down heartfelt messages means I create a physical representation of my clients' well wishes to someone else. That’s special! Of course, writing in such a traditional way makes is even more special!

Why did you want to be a part of Float?
Because Float celebrates embracing our imperfections and the fact that the journey isn’t easy or glamourous. That’s what Artsynibs stands for as well.

Can you sum up Artsynibs in one sentence?
Artsynibs is a modern day scribe with a mission to inject a hint of handwritten touch into every project.

What comes to mind when you hear the word wellness?
Breathing!

How does your work encompass wellness?
Practising calligraphy isn’t just about the writing. It’s about the state of mind and your physical posture. As an artist, the journey to perfection is an endless one and it easy to find yourself struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So knowing that it’s a lifelong practice puts things into perspective. I’m constantly reminded to be kind to myself.

Where to you draw inspiration from?
From nature and cities, two rather different avenues.

What about your work gives you the most joy?
Seeing my clients look or hearing their response when they receive the artwork. I do write a fair bit of deeds, vows and letters, apart from the corporate projects.

What would you like attendees to get from your workshop?
A dedicated time to slow down and breathe. That’s the trick to perfecting calligraphy.

What does success look like to you?
When people realise craftsmanship in calligraphy and the human-ness Artsynibs brings into each project.

What was the last thing you wrote/drew?
I created an art piece - ‘there is no denying the wild horse in us’. I love the quote!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The possibility of a new collaboration! I’m always on a look out for doing new things, it makes my heart happy and gets my creative mind going!

Ultimate dinner guest?
My dad! He was an extremely intelligent and creative man, and conversations with him were always insightful. I quite enjoy deep conversations over dinner.

Where can we find you at the weekend?
Traipsing around Castlefield canal with my dog or teaching a workshop in the city!

What are you reading/watching listening to right now?
I’m watching Masterchef Australia. Cooking competitions are my white noise whilst I’m writing away. Plus, it helps with figuring out what to cook for dinner!

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Think you might be a dab hand at calligraphy? Then make sure you get your ticket for Float here

Jenna Campbell