H E R E   B Y   G R A C E

The little maker; daughter of the Maker of Heaven. †

Jesslyn Lai is a creative who expresses herself through art, design, photography, and various media. Known for her lettering and modern calligraphy, it was something she decided to pick up in 2014 after finding out that hands-on typography was not in her design course. What happened to be a personal pursuit intertwined with the blooming of global interests in calligraphy led her to be found and listed as Malaysia’s Top 10 Modern Calligraphers by Tallypress in the year 2015. By grace, various brush lettering workshops were conducted with kids, youth, and adults in public spaces and ministries; covering events and campaigns together with brands such as TopShop, Starbucks, Lexus, Dior, MAC Cosmetics, Lancome, Face Inc, Faber-Castell and more.

With the combination of skills and interests in the open space of creativity and expression and the environment that she's been put in, she delights in using them as opportunities and touchpoints to create, serve, and share simple things that can carry words of life, meaning, or enlightenment in a personal way. It is her hope and joy that these creations would serve as timeless affirmations and reminders of everlasting truth and Love that points to one Big Story.

T H E   J O U R N E Y

As a child, she didn’t have much art and craft materials. Carrying on her parent’s resourcefulness, she would make something out of unwanted materials or recycles from her household, seeing its potential and turning ‘trash’ into treasure. Then in the year 2009 when she was 15 years old, she came up with a blogshop and sold some of her creations which gave her an opportunity to explore and invest in different crafts.

Among the materials she bought were a roll of wire where she would make wire names. Eventually in the year 2012, she journeyed on to focus on making personalised wire names where she served a wide international audience for a few years through an online platform called Etsy.

Soon, she took a diploma in graphic design and created a personal branding — The Maker Jess at the end of her course in 2014. There, she shared her adventures in art and creations on Instagram, including modern calligraphy. Today, she conducts brush lettering workshops with kids, youth, and adults, and serving in events of various kinds.

Using art as an opportunity to communicate and connect with others, Jesslyn is passionate in empowering and stewarding each other's strengths for a greater purpose. If you would like to share your ideas or get in touch, do drop her a message at themakerjess@gmail.com. God bless!

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

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Calligraphy Lettering EST 2014

Workshops • Events • Collaborations • Ministries

+ Hand-lettering and Calligraphy
+ Personalised wire name jewelry
+ Hand-stamped leather keychains
+ Etc


Malaysia's Top 10 Modern Calligrapher by Tallypress