This month’s art is by Caren Kreger, the Maker, Creator and Celebrator (not to mention, incredible hand-letterer and artist) behind Everyday Hooray. She hopes her illustration serves a reminder that "Passion comes from somewhere deep inside of us and often shows up only when we allow ourselves the time and space to let it rise up and take hold". 

 For a little more about what inspired this artwork, her process, and her life, here's a short Q&A:

Where is home for you?

Livermore, California (SF East Bay)

What was the inspiration behind this design?

Passion comes from somewhere deep inside of us and often shows up only when we allow ourselves the time and space to let it rise up and take hold. This work was inspired by the bold simplicity of this statement and the bright fire that lights inside of us when we pursue something that we are truly passionate about.

What is your definition of a successful life?

Oh wow, this is a big question. For me, a successful life means that I’ve taken risks, stepped outside of myself and engaged fully with the world around me.

How did you get into lettering and design?

I have always loved to draw and had an appreciation for design but never gave it enough time to flourish. A few years ago I experienced an emotional trauma that forced the need for a creative outlet. I began drawing again and focused on lettering as a way to release some of the emotions that I was experiencing. Now I draw every day as a way to continue growing, learning, and challenging myself.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find a lot of inspiration in the people around me. I am fascinated by the way people engage with each other and the emotional exchanges that we make every day. I see much opportunity to share positivity and I love the opportunity to make someone smile.

What's your dream project?

I’d love to create cover art for a book by someone who I admire or who has influenced me in some way.

Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you?

Brene Brown’s books helped me through some difficult times and urged me to begin creating as an emotional outlet.

I also really, really love Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic and I tend to pick it up when I’m feeling creatively drained.

At the moment, what is your favorite…

Color: Mint

Food: Is Wine a food?

Song: Audiobooks

Quote: “Your own reasons to make art are reason enough. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic 

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