This is my cool hipster, Jesus love’n friend Brit. She is such a cool girl. The first time I heard about Brit was when she was on her quest to spend a semester in Nepal. She is a go getter who is so passionate about her creative endeavors and the world around her. I am so proud of this girl and everything she has and is accomplishing. She is an incredible graphic designer (hello, she made my NEW logo, not the one on this blog…working on that), she can sew really cool things (see the cool little purse down below that she made. She’ll make one for you too. She also made that quilt in the pics), She uses her passion for Jesus to create awesome art work that you can view and purchase HERE. Brit is about to graduate college and is working on her new website. You can see her website HERE. I was incredibly honored to take these photos for my dear friend. I love this girl so much and I think you will too.
Jen: Hey Brit! Tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, what school you have been going to and your major.
Brit: My name is Brit Lace & I go to The University of Texas at Arlington. In May I’ll receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications (a fancy term for graphic design).
Jen: Why did you choose graphic design? Was that an easy decision or is this something you’ve always known you would do?
Brit: I’ve always been interested in pretty much everything that was related to art, and that kind of created a problem when it came to choosing a specific concentration for my degree. When I was 5 I told my grandpa that I wanted to be an artist. A few years later I had an addiction to Microsoft paint & would spend hours on end making detailed images pixel by pixel. Then…. I would take the pictures I made into PowerPoint and make crazy (and very 90’s) animations. I really had no idea then what a graphic designer was at that point, but those experiences helped me decide on graphic design later on. I also chose graphic design because, well let’s face it: it’s one of the easier fields to get a job in.
Jen: What do you want to do post graduation? Tell us more about your work.
Brit: I may have decided to be an artist when I was 5 years old, but if you had asked me at that time what I wanted to do when I grew up I would have told you that I wanted to have a painting studio in my house so I could be an artist, home school my kids so I could be a teacher, make delicious cakes and treats for my family so I could be chef, have a super cool garage that would pull double duty as a hair salon by day and rehearsal space for my band at night. I think that mentality of wanting to do multiple things still rings very true for me today. Currently, I am into lettering and I sell prints and custom lettering pieces in an online shop. But I also sew, and make bags & quilts. Not only that, but I have dreams of starting a community development project to equip single or teen parents with the skills and help they need to support and sustain their family. I’ve still got a lot of work to do to make that happen, and even more work to do to keep doing so many things at once… but it’s what I love to do & what I feel called to do!
Jen: What have you learned the most in your 4 years in college? Anything else you would like us to know?
Brit: In the 10th grade I wrote a speech about missions and used the story behind the hymn “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” to emphasize my point. If you don’t know the story, you should look it up! But I think throughout college I’ve been learning to apply that mindset of following the Lord wherever He leads to my whole life, not just on a mission trip or for “spiritual things”, but in every aspect of my life. To know that His timing and His plan are perfect. This is also something that I seem to forget on a daily basis. I always want things to happen right away or exactly when I “need” them to. But The Lord never fails to surprise me and work everything out according to His plan at just the right time. That’s definitely something I have to remind myself of everyday, especially now as I try to see what He has planned for me after graduation. But whatever it is, I know it will be better than I could have imagined!