A handletterer, an artist and a social media influencer. James Lewis is based in Cardiff, UK.
I’ve been self employed for the past 8 months undertaking many art & design projects, teaching my 3D lettering workshop, and offering my social media knowledge in the form of consultancy to local and international clients.
Creativity can be seen as this mystical attribute that only certain people poses but I see it differently. I believe that we are all inherently creative. We live in a remix culture, meaning as a society we encourage and appreciate derivative works that combine or edit existing creations to produce a new creative work. The most creative work is usually two seemingly different things, combined in a fresh new way, creating meaning on top of the prior creations.
TypeRiot: What is your favorite project so far?
James: One of the most creative projects I’ve worked on is a collaborative art print I’ve designed and printed with a local graffiti artist. We teamed up to combine our skillset and artistic style to create an art pint that reflects us both and contains a positive message, something that I’m really passionate about. You can watch a video of the creation process of this artwork.
TypeRiot: What inspires your style and artworks?
James: My biggest inspiration isn’t a person or political cause but an internal drive to spread empowering message which I do every day throughout my art and my posts on social media. There are a lot of negative stories that we get bombarded with everyday so throughout all the work I create and the words that I speak publicly I act as a countering force to this negativity by focusing on inspiring people and businesses to live up to their best potential.
TypeRiot: Could you talk a little bit about your workshop?
James: The highlight of my creative career so far was definitely being invited out to Indonesia to teach my acclaimed 3D lettering workshop. Traveling halfway around the world and meeting fans of my work was amazing, but being able to teach them my artistic style and watch them progress over the 6 hours and then the months later has been a really fulfilling experience.Later this year I’ve been invited out to a creative conference in the US where I will get to combine my three favorite things, travel, art, and teaching. I’ll be giving a short talk and teaching workshops throughout the conference, getting to meet so many likeminded creative is something I’m especially looking forward to. I’ve come to really enjoy teaching my workshops and I’ve hosted two here in Cardiff: one with the Cardiff and Vale college and one independently. I grew up just outside of Cardiff and have always loved the city, and since studying my degree here I’ve come to meet many people in the creative scene. I great example of this is the creative mornings Cardiff event that brings together the creative community for monthly talks, of which I was lucky enough to talk at last September.